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Archive for December, 2009

Cervical cancer link to early sex as sexually transmitted infection, HPV, causes most cases

Having sex at an early age can double the risk of developing cervical cancer, a study of 20,000 women suggests. The investigation into why poorer women have a higher risk of the disease found they tended to have sex about four years earlier than more affluent women. Previously, it had been thought the disparity was […]

Government departments waste £4m on website redesigns

Labour government departments have spent £4 million of public money revamping their existing websites over the past two and a half years. Much of the money has gone to external consultants and contractors. In total, £3.96 million has been spent on redesigns and upgrades since June 2007. The figure does not include the estimated £220 […]

NHS faces potentially serious problems from wrong prescriptions on the NHS

Patients face potentially serious problems because of the piecemeal training given to young NHS doctors in giving out prescriptions, claim medicine experts. Junior doctors on average fill out five or six prescription forms during their whole time in medical school only to have to complete dozens on their first day on the wards. The inadequate […]

Nanny state libel laws gag doctor over drug risks

General Electric, one of the world’s biggest corporations, is using the London libel courts to gag a senior radiologist after he raised the alarm over the potentially fatal risks of one of its drugs. The multinational is suing Henrik Thomsen, a Danish academic, after he described his experiences of one of the company’s drugs as […]

Labour doesn’t want you to have a High Christmas as more legal drugs are banned

More legal high drugs are banned in UK by the nanny state as several drugs known as “legal highs” has come into force. The substances, including GBL and BZP, become Class C drugs, with a possible two year jail sentence for possession. Labour ministers moved to classify them after a recommendation from the Advisory Council […]

Ban on hospital flowers over MRSA fears are wrong

Many hospitals have banned fresh flowers on wards amid concern that they could harbour potentially harmful bacteria or pose a health and safety risk like MRSA and superbugs. But new research and a survey among staff and patients at the Royal Brompton Hospital and the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, both in London, found there is […]

Labour’s nanny state failing poor children as child obesity trends show class divide is growing

A widening class gap is likely to be seen in the coming years in childhood obesity, new research suggests. Previous research has suggested rates in England may be levelling off. But the University College London team found this was happening most in children aged two to 10 from wealthier backgrounds. Researchers said obesity rates among […]

Number of NHS staff at record high

Employment in the National Health Service jumped by another 23,000 jobs to a record high in the third quarter of this year, in spite of the squeeze to come on spending under the next government. The increase– the seventh successive quarterly rise in NHS employment taking it to above 1.6m people for the first time– […]

USA is legalising marijuana on the quiet

You know things are shifting in America when Fortune magazine, the bible for business journalism, runs a cover story titled “Is pot already legal?”.  You also know it when Barack Obama’s Department of Justice publishes a long expected memo signalling that the federal government will no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries if they are legal […]

Santa promotes obesity and drink-driving, claims nanny state health expert

Traditional images of Santa Claus set a bad example and could promote obesity and drink driving, a public health expert has warned. Dr Nathan Grills said the idea of a fat Father Christmas gorging on brandy and mince pies as he drove his sleigh around the world delivering presents was not the best way to […]