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Fluoridation – it does reduce tooth decay

In the current fluoridation debate anti-fluoridation activists will often claim fluoridation of public water supplies actually doesn’t reduce tooth decay. This conflicts directly with the advice of our health authorities – so what is the truth? The claim Again I … Continue reading

Well, this morning’s news was a shock. The local council (Hamilton City Council) has decided to stop fluoridating our water supply (see Fluoride to be removed from Hamilton’s water supply). (Note: If you are sufficiently interested that Waikato Times article … Continue reading

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The court of appeal will decide today at 2pm whether a man called ‘L’ can take over the late Tony Nicklinson’s claim to establish the right to die. ‘L’ who is immobile after an accident in 1990 feels that he is trapped in his body, cannot enjoy or endure a life that is so monotonous and painful.

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Dr. Vivekanand Palavali takes an in-depth look at the problems with American health care that unnecessarily drive up costs, reduce access and drag down the quality of care.

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“Conscience clauses” that permit religious pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception or the “morning after” pill are unsatisfactory and should be dropped, say experts.

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University of Texas plans to train medical students at Catholic hospital

For those who value church-state separation and responsible health care, there is a growing issue with partnerships between public institutions and religiously affiliated hospitals.

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The Swiss Medical Lawyers Association has conducted a Europe-wide poll to discover attitudes to assisted dying. The results show that there is widespread and strong support for legalising it.

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This xkcd cartoon will probably strike a chord for many readers here.
via xkcd: Two Years.

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The Religious Right’s continuing opposition to an improved health care system is dangerous.

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Last Thursday – the day that Tony Nicklinson would have been lodging his appeal against the High Court’s decision that he was not allowed to have a doctor lawfully end his life – new research has been published showing massive public support for the change in the law he was pursuing.

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