This week in Sheffield is the showing of the theatre production of Rain Man. The film has a bad press in the autistic community for giving people a stereotype of a person with autism - a secret genius with a hidden gift, but completely inept at everything else - that is inaccurate and widely believe
National uptake of the triple vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella is 86 per cent, as confidence recovers after the unfounded autism scare. But after years of research, after so much controversy, after so many cases of the measles, should MMR be made compulsory or is it still a controversial m
It is traditional to make resolutions for the new year on or around the 1st of January. A new year is the obvious time to make a new beginning for ourselves. But if the resolution is something worthwhile that you wish to change then why wait until the start of January to make the resolution? In many
China is the second largest exporter in the world. Chinese goods are cheap, so cheap they are causing a massive trade deficit for the USA with China. Various scandals have shown that products from China are not always safe as the manufacturers try to cut corners, should we really be importing them?
PSYCHOLOGY - The medical condition Schizophrenia (not to be confused with multiple personality disorder) is a debilitating psychological condition, and although there are treatments available it is unclear as to what causes schizophrenia in the first place. Some theories suggest the condition may or
Babies who are born to drug using parents are much more likely to develop learning difficulties and have other problems. Beyond the simple health issues there are questions about the treatment such children receive growing up when their parents are drug addicts. Such children are therefore likely to
According to the UK's Royal Society, by 2050 the world's population is estimated to reach around nine billion. Population increase has been a topic of debate and concern over the last fifty years, but feels perhaps even more of an urgent and pertinent issue to address in the context of current conce
Smokers use a disproportionate amount of healthcare resources, second-hand smoke causes illnesses in others and the disgusting smell gets into hair, clothes and furniture. It is a selfish habit which should not be indulged but actively punished.
‘disabled’ people are often uncomfortable with the description. There are also now many way of describing disability. Multiple identities which one takes precedence, does it matter which they identify with first? Perhaps more importantly is there a need for the description at all or should we al
The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) has seen more classifications of mental illness than any previous edition. Does this mean that we are developing more mental illnesses, or are we simply finding new labels for types that have already been around
A recent study at the University of Michigan has shown that arguing is good for your health. Essentially having the argument is better than avoiding the confrontation. Avoiding the conflict more often lead to abnormal rates of Cortisol generation, causing more physical stress symptoms the next day.
Teens use drugs all the time. When they do they do not think about what they are doing to themselves. teens get harmed in many negative ways when they do use the drugs. Schools are one sorce that can help guide these teens into not using the drugs but the schools do not do enough because it is still