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Health & Well-being

An irreligious approach to abortion
Is it possible to come up with a non-religious justification for rejecting an unrestricted right to abortion?
Andrew Brown, Guardian, 28 February 2011

A Ban on Brain-Boosting Drugs Is Not the Answer
Simply calling the use of study drugs "unfair" tells us nothing about why colleges should ban them. If such drugs really do improve academic performance among healthy students (and the evidence is scant), shouldn't colleges put them in the drinking water instead?
Matt Lamkin, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February 2011

These welfare reforms won't end our costly sick-note culture
It is highly doubtful that even after these changes, benefits in Britain will fall to the point where low-paid jobs become attractive without some form of top-up
Mary Dejevsky, Independent, 18 February 2011

Plan to cure 'sick-note' UK
The Government has called in leading business figures to help it crack down on "sick-note Britain", which costs the economy an estimated £100bn a year.
Louisa Peacock, Telegraph, 13 February 2011

Teaching Happiness and Well-Being in Schools
There has recently been an explosion of interest in positive psychology and the teaching of well-being and 'happiness' in the PSHE world in schools and many teachers are looking for clear information on how to implement these potentially life-changing ideas in the classroom.

Ian Morris, Continuum, 6 February 2011

David Cameron reveals GP frustration inspired Health Bill
GP frustration with the NHS, the profession's desire to do more and be more involved is the motivation behind the Health Bill, according to prime minister David Cameron.
Neil Durham, GP, 27 January 2011

The Baby Butcher
Pro-choice absolutism and the grisly abortion scandal in Philadelphia.
William Saletan, Slate, 20 January 2011

Lax benefit rules not responsible for high disability figures
For all the growing emphasis on disability rights, it is possible that employers became less motivated to hire or retain people with poor health and low skill levels. 'It is even possible," Berthoud concludes, "that there is now a glut of skilled women on the labour market, acting to the disadvantage of disabled people.'
David Brindle, Guardian, 19 January 2011

Lax benefit rules not responsible for high disability figures
Why has the number of people claiming incapacity benefit soared? A new study undermines some common theories
David Brindle, Guardian, 19 January 2011

For ‘Liberating the NHS’ read ‘Dismantling the NHS’
The NHS is going to be dismantled by using the market forces of ‘creative destruction’. This will have profound effects on the medical profession with attacks on T+Cs, pensions, medical training, professionalism. More importantly, the knock on effects for patient care will be devastating.
Clive Peedell, NHSCA, 4 January 2011


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