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Thirst for life – raising alcohol prices to save lives

A study released today by the Center for Addictions Research of British Colombia has found that a 10% increase in minimum per unit pricing of alcohol has led to a 32% drop in alcohol related mortality in two Canadian Provinces.  Furthermore, the increase in price […]


Ethically derived stem cells offer more therapeutic promise – exciting new breakthroughs

Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University won the Nobel Prize in medicine this year for his pioneering work in producing induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) from adult skin cells in mice. In so doing he laid the framework for an ethical alternative to using embryonic stem cells (which […]


BBC article on ‘gay therapies’ is simplistic, misleading and ignores much of the available evidence

Should people with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction seek professional help? And if so what kind of help and what expectations should they realistically have? BBC Religion and Ethics have today published an article on this extremely controversial subject titled ‘Ex-gay survivor’s tales of exorcism […]


Patients, families and organ donation: who should decide?

If you live in Wales, or plan to live – or study – there for longer than six months, by 2015 you are likely to find yourself automatically registered as an organ donor, whether you are fully aware of it or not. You will have […]


How to protect your kids from internet pornography

I have just posted a blog on the report from a committee of MPs which makes recommendations about new measures to protect children from internet pornography. Most of these are targeted at the ISP industry (and not a moment too soon!) but the real need […]