Category: Riffing ranting and raving

Don’t deny our experiences!

I want to acknowledge from the outset that the story I am about to tell you is based on the epitome of a first-world problem, but I’m not telling you because I want to complain about the problem.  I want…

Manipulation or understanding?

A mini-rant today, after I spotted the following abstract … the highlighting is mine: “Despite the great advances in modern medicine, our understanding of the most basic function of our complete genetic makeup is extremely poor. Our complete genetic make…

Pregnancy, birth and overdetection…

A few weeks ago, a study was published in the British Medical Journal.  It looked at overdetection in cancer screening; asking people whether they find overdetection acceptable and to what degree. Taking their findings into account, the authors concluded that,…

The paradox of palatability

There has been a bit of a debate in the British press and online recently about the ethics and possible dangers of changes that have been made to children’s medicines, with the most commonly discussed example (at least in the…

The value of classic information

I’ve been asked several questions lately about the Midwifery: Best Practice series, which I edited a few years ago, and this has inspired me to rewrite my Books page to include more information about all of my books.  It has…