Jim McVeagh

Not Predictable - MacDoctor

Jan 17, 2010

The Herald on Sunday contains articles on two extremely misfortunate deaths. The first is Lam Xuan Hu, a 24-year-old Vietnamese student who died when a wheel from a truck, traveling in the opposite direction on the freeway in Auckland, came adrift and crashed through a bus. This unfortunate young man, a recent arrival to New [...] Related posts:

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The Victimless Myth - MacDoctor

Jan 14, 2010

There is a fair amount of news about drug addiction at the moment, with John Key announcing a (somewhat laughable) $7 million boost for P treatment. Garth George, in one of his best columns for some time, points out that the real killer in terms of drug addictions is, of course, alcohol. He laments the [...] Related posts:

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Positive Energy - MacDoctor

Jan 12, 2010

It was interesting to see two articles on alternative energy sources today, outside of a “series” on such things. One on the approval of the new tidal power generators at Kaipara Harbour and one, a bit more “blue sky” on the realistic possibility of the first practicable fusion generators. Both of these may be realised [...] Related posts:

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Paid Parenthood - MacDoctor

Jan 11, 2010

I saw this headline on Stuff and thought “about time”. Parents win disabled children care payment case Sadly, it turns out only that parents with adult disabled children have won the support of the Human Rights Tribunal, not the government itself. Currently only caregivers who are not related to the disabled adult receive payment from the government. Family [...] Related posts:

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Poisoned Plastic? - MacDoctor

Jan 10, 2010

Yesterday’s Weekend Herald contained a couple of articles on Bisphenol-A, otherwise known as BPA. BPA is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics – the commonest plastic used to make drink bottles and linings of cans. There have been studies in rats and mice that show that BPA causes altered sexual development, aggression and obesity. [...] Related posts:

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Of Mice (Brains) and Men - MacDoctor

Jan 09, 2010

After all the scare stories about the dangers of cell phones the Herald carries an article today that is a delicious irony. Mobile phones may improve memory – study The headline is, of course, the usual media hyperbole. The study they are “interpreting” is one on mice that have been genetically engineered to develop a disease that [...] Related posts:

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Slow Justice - MacDoctor

Jan 05, 2010

I know it seems counterintuitive that the US, home of rabid, wall-to-wall lawyers, should be slow in providing medical discipline, but it is true. You may recall the case of Nadya Suleman, who had octuplets after her fertility “treatment”, despite already having six children (via IVF treatment) and despite still living with her parents. I [...] Related posts:

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Food Fascists - MacDoctor

Jan 04, 2010

At first glance the proposal by the World Health organization to ban all junk food advertising to children seems a reasonable thing to do. After all, we know that the ban on advertising tobacco has been shown to decrease the prevalence of smoking significantly. It would seem logical that banning junk food ads aimed at [...] Related posts:

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Euthanasia (Part 3) - MacDoctor

Dec 26, 2009

Quality of Life Issues (voluntary euthanasia) In end-of-life euthanasia, there is, at least, some objective standards which we can use to determine whether a patient is truly dead. When the discussion moves to quality of life, the criteria are far more subjective. What, exactly, determines quality of life? Productivity? Mobility? Social Activity? Dignity? Any and all [...] Related posts:

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Euthanasia (Part 2) - MacDoctor

Dec 24, 2009

End of Life Issues I have blogged about these issues before, using the sad case of Eluana Englaro as an example, here and here. For most of us, death comes as a discrete event. The doctor pokes your corpse a bit, listens for a heartbeat and breathing, finds none and writes out your death certificate. You are [...] Related posts:

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