Categories
Comment

There is no need for MPs to be returning to Westminster

I find myself in a rather odd position right now. Yesterday Westminster voted 350-258 to end all virtual proceedings and force MPs to return to the House of Commons on 2 June in order to resume business as normal. Usually this would be a great thing, in fact I slated the government for trying to […]

Categories
Science

Antibiotic resistance: the rapidly emerging global crisis

Antibiotic resistance is fast becoming a major new epidemic and a serious problem for many major health organisations around the world. This is an issue that has been getting steadily worse over the years but has now reached fever- pitch – being treated with the same attention and urgent calls for action as other global health […]

Categories
Science Science

Marking the centenary of the 1918 flu pandemic

At this time of year, the influenza virus is a common talking point. The NHS is desperately trying to get flu vaccinations done. The echoes of coughs and sneezes ring through lecture theatres. Family members are feeling peaky. News outlets exploit the season every year, running endless stories claiming that this could be the worst […]

Categories
Science

Is ‘alcosynth’ a much-needed alternative to alcohol?

We have collectively been drinking alcohol for centuries. There is no strong taboo around its use, it is perfectly legal, and, for the most part, alcohol’s effects are can be quite enjoyable. However, there is no doubt that alcohol has a dark side. Last year in Scotland, 22 people on average died a week due […]