There is a drastic shortage of organs for transplant. Most people say they would donate but never quite get around to subscribing to the scheme. If everyone was automatically opted-in and had to opt-out the number of people on the waiting list would drop to zero and the lives of countless number of
At the writing of this article, the world was wrapped in collective mourning for the passing of Britain’s little Charlie Gard. Laid waste by the ravages of a rare genetic disorder, the toddler’s case caused a whirlwind of media attention in his final days, as his desperate parents fought their c
Health officials seem to be pretty unanimously in favour of breastfeeding. According to the NHS “Breastfeeding is natural and normal and gives your baby the best start.” There are numerous health benefits but should it be compulsory as suggested by Gisele Bundchen?
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
Should donors in cases of assisted conception be covered by anonymity, or should the children involved have the right to know who their biological parents really are? Should the name of the donor be recorded on the birth certificate?
If a child is malnourished it is classed as child abuse but if I child is obese the parents are rarely blamed. This discrepancy makes little sense when the health risks faced by obesity are indisputable. Researchers claim that being over weight greatly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke,
The UK Drug Policy Commission is currently investigating the causes and effects of the stigmatisation of drug users, addicts and those in rehabilitation. It has been suggested in this study that referring to drug users as "junkies" and other such terms directly impedes the emotional and psychologica
Should there be a minimum weight limit for professional models?
In our modern and media influenced society there is an increasing presentation of beauty in women, using extremely thin models. Petite, skinny and beautiful models are frequently size zero (UK size 4) and labelled as such, promote th
It is well documented that healthy eating is extremely beneficial in keeping people healthy, preventing diseases like cancer, increasing life expectancy etc. As this is the case should healthy eating be made mandatory? It is much more likely that there would be legislation on school dinners than for
The age old argument that health trumps wealth or is wealth is given new life with this debate motion. Healthy,happy and beautifully fit people have a higher emotional quotient than irritable sick people, who may work doubly hard and produce superior work but lose out on points because of their/our
7% of the population frequently use sunbeds to top up their tans. This is hardly surprising, as the British sun cannot be relied on, fewer people are taking holidays abroad and celebrities continue to sport an envious sunkissed look. Yet, new research tells us that sunbeds do increase the risk of sk
Women(and modern men) all over the world doll up;From waxing,tattooing,laser treatments(leads to alopecia,causes stress),pretty clothes to the necessary lipstick/lip-gloss, sunblock/foundation. Some cosmetics are temporary; others are not.Removal can have worse consequences than the application and
In 1985 Scientists who were a part of the British Antarctic Survey published results showing that there was a hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic shocking the scientific community as the decline was far higher than anticipated. In a rare case of quick action to an environmental threat, later
We keep being told contradictory things about foods, particularly controversial foods that we like such as wine and chocolate. One minute they help us fight a disease and the next there is another headline saying they are bad for us in new ways – in this case depression. So on balance is chocolat
The cost of DNA testing has fallen dramatically. Now that it’s available to many more people should we be testing ourselves and our children? Or is the process still in its infancy and too prone to error?