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Margaret Atwood: Plastics are poisoning us. We need change , now

Published in Odd and Fun on 23rd July 2017

In a new series marking the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation, the novelist calls for a rebellion against petrochemical polymers Ah, the Reformation. And then, unavoidably, the Counter-Reformation. We recollect them, kind of, especially after reading Dissolution, CJ Sansoms detective thriller about the shutting down of and , not incidentally, the looting of rich […]

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My fertility problems stimulated me feel like a failing | Sarah Fletcher

Published in Odd and Fun on 22nd July 2017

After two years of struggling to conceive and an ectopic pregnancy, I eventually became pregnant. Women must not be made to feel that infertility is their fault When I started trying to conceive aged 26, I knew it wouldnt be easy I had endometriosis, polycystic ovaries and periods so infrequent that if everyone were like […]

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China aims one-child policy after 35 years

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th July 2017

Government to allow all couples to have two children as response to an ageing population and amid concerns over economy China has scrapped its one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time since draconian family planning regulations were introduced more than three decades ago. The announcement followed a four-day Communist […]

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UN recurs criticism of Ireland’s ‘cruel and inhumane’ abortion statutes

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th July 2017

Human rights committee finds in favour of Siobhn Whelan, who was denied abortion despite fatal foetal syndrome diagnosis The United Nations has again ruled that Irelands abortion statutes have subjected a woman to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. It is the second time in 12 months that the UNs human rights committee has denounced the […]

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HIV treatment has come a long way- but there’s still work to do

Published in Odd and Fun on 17th July 2017

As a sex health physician I find a lack of funding threatens the treatment of sexually transmitted infections Gonorrhoea. Syphilis. Words my patients hear and tend to shudder at. But sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, have been around for centuries, unfussy about whose genitalia they infect and ready to wreak whole-body havoc on the individuals […]

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The science is mounting- dedicating newborns peanuts and eggs cuts allergy risk

Published in Odd and Fun on 15th July 2017

Researchers now have moderate certainty that infants should be given potential allergens from four months to help prevent severe reactions In the 1970 s, when we were in school, food allergies were rare. But Australian infants now have the highest rate of food allergy in the world. Up to one in 10 babies and two […]

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The bond between cancer survivors is strong. That’s why it’s so hard when we lose each other | Kira Goldenberg

Published in Odd and Fun on 12th July 2017

When youve had cancer, you make friends with people who share your experience of changed priorities. But theres a cost: fresh heartbreak is never far away Im taking a weekend trip to Canada next month. While Im there, Im staying with my friend who has cancer. I was supposed to have lunch the other day […]

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The Life Project: what constructs some people happy, healthy and successful- and others not?

Published in Odd and Fun on 11th July 2017

The factors that most affect our life opportunities are disclosed as the first group of British babies followed in a remarkable cradle-to-grave study turns 70 In March 1946, scientists recorded the birth of almost every British newborn born in one, cold week. They have been following thousands of them ever since, in what has become […]

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Which cities have the oldest residents?

Published in Odd and Fun on 10th July 2017

By 2020, the global population of people over 60 will outnumber children under five for the first time. How will our ageing communities affect urban life and where is the phenomenon most noticeable? One of Tokyos many grey-haired taxi drivers once challenged me to guess his age. Trying to be polite, I pegged him at […]

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Experience: I regret transitioning

Published in Odd and Fun on 9th July 2017

I saw that it wasnt being female that was stopping me from being myself; it was societys perpetual oppression of women When I was a little girl living in the Midlands, I used to say, When I grow up, I want to be a boy. I even used to wee standing up. I loved playing […]

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