Archive for the 'Health' Category

21
Aug
09

Are young people becoming addicted to the internet?

internet addictionTeenagers around the northern hemisphere are coming to the end of their summer holidays. The credit crunch, working parents and other factors will have meant that many of them will have been stuck at home for much of their time off school. And lots of them will have been on the internet. For hour after hour. Some parents feel that it’s safe – they’re at home and all is well. Others are concerned about over-use of the internet. At 1230 GMT this Saturday, Newshour will be asking whether this concern is justified.
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06
Aug
09

Should we pay couples not to have kids?

india controlBirth control is getting creative in India – from increasing late night tv (yes to take couples’ minds off procreating) to encouraging women not to marry until they are 30 (when a women’s fertility begins to drop). Whilst these initiatives might not seem very convincing, the Indian government’s latest idea could be a little more tempting. Money. Continue reading ‘Should we pay couples not to have kids?’

16
Jul
09

On air: Are you confused about swine flu ?

swine fluIt’s “unstoppable” says the WHO, and could be the biggest pandemic ever. 

As of last week, there  are around 95 thousand confirmed cases worldwide , and 433 deaths.

Here’s the latest advice on the first flu pandemic for 40 years.

We seem to have veered from panic, to acceptance, to signs of panic again .

So what is going on ?

40 thousand people a week in Britain alone are contacting their doctors fearing they may have it.
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22
Aug
08

Blank Page No. 21

Jessica’s taking charge of the Blank Page from New York City. If you’d like to follow suit next weekend, let me know.
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13
May
08

Should first cousins be allowed to have children together?

Change of plan. We’ve had a string of problems getting the guests we need to set this discussion up. Some people won’t come on air to talk about their experience, others are simply unable to make today’s show. We may return to it another day when more people are available. We’re definitely going to speak to people affected by the Chinese quake, and we may go for another subject. I’ll update here when we decide. Continue reading ‘Should first cousins be allowed to have children together?’

16
Apr
08

Is it right to glamorize extreme thinness?

The French National Assembly has passed a groundbreaking bill which seeks to criminalise the promotion in the media of extreme thinness. That’s everything from pro-anorexia websites that encourage girls and young women to starve themselves, to magazines and advertisers. If approved by France’s upper house, those found to have encouraged severe weight loss could be fined up to 45,000 euros and face three years in prison. Is this the right approach? Or should there be no limits on what can appear on the web?

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31
Mar
08

Do you want your government to fund alternative therapies?

Have a read of this article which argues that it should. I’ll post more in a little while, once I’ve sent the Daily Email.




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