Last week I heard in the news that breast cancer death rates are down nearly 30 per cent since 1980, and although I of course think good thoughts about figures like these and the new wonder drugs and breaks-through we have from time to time, my happiness is tinged with very personal sadness.
If corporate power groups are permitted to get their hands on our most important and humane social institution, the National Health Service, it will be all but impossible for a future government to restore it, says Jill Segger. The so-called Big Society will have got quite a lot smaller.
If you’re a hard-pressed parent or guardian trying to encourage your child to eat a bit more healthily with their ‘five-a-day’ portions of fruit and veg, your job has just been made unnecessarily harder by the BBC and other media outlets.
The rapidly developing field of stem cell research mobilises immense amounts of money in private and public grants, says Celia Deane-Drummond. But it also raises deep ethical questions regarding health justice and the dignity of human life.
The annual general assembly of the National Council of Churches USA and Church World Service has been taking place this week amid sober assessments of national and world conditions and calls for renewal of the churches’ unity.