Tagged: Public Health

Bugs in the system: How do we make sense of recreational water quality? - Waiology

Waiology Oct 23, 2013

By Gary Bedford When it comes to recreational use of freshwater, are we swimming in mixed messages? Fairfax reported that ‘More than 60 per cent of monitored rivers in New Zealand are unsafe for swimming according to Environment Ministry figures’. Dr Mike Joy from Massey University reportedly stated that 95% of New Zealand’s lowland rivers fail … Read More

A new book with attitude – but also strong science - Scibooks

SciBooks Sep 30, 2013

by Tony Blakely REVIEW: Appetite for Destruction: Food – the good, the bad and the fatal by Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Public Interest Publishing, October 2013 RRP $35 Gareth Morgan is known as a smart economist and a bit of a stirrer of public debate. Think domestic cat control to save birds. Think “Big … Read More

A more complete equation - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 10, 2013

  Lots of chat from fellow science bloggers (see here, here, here and here) about fluoridation following the recent Hamilton City Council decision. Naturally most of the posts focus on the science and the logic (or otherwise) of the arguments around fluoridation.  I have no knowledge about fluoridation per se and have nothing to add to the science. … Continue reading » … Read More

Plain packaging of cigarettes: Economics and unintended consequences - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 20, 2012

by Allan Main With Australia being first-mover to legislate for plain packaging of tobacco products, and given the closeness of our countries, the noise level is rising on what New Zealand’s policy should be. Generally that debate is providing a great deal of heat and very little light. Commentators with backgrounds in public health, sociology, intellectual property law/international … Read More

The Social Lens of Social Medicine - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 16, 2010

Tim Parke, the Clinical Director of Auckland Hospital Emergency Department, has written an opinion piece in today’s Herald, extolling the virtues of state health care. “Universal” health care, as he calls it. That word immediately alerts me to the socialist thinking that will be behind the article. The most obvious aspect of state health is [...] Related posts: … Read More