November 30th 2016, 08:15
At 35,000 feet over the Pacific between Sydney and LA, I’d hoped this view of our troubled planet offered greater objectivity—but then I read the latest news about the US elections, more reactions to the High Court’s decision re Brexit, the political strife—and bushfires—in Australia . . . with more to come.
I doubt I’m alone in sensing the greatest level of social disquiet since perhaps WWII. I celebrate people’s distrust of governments and big corporations—but it’s the apparent absence of any popular wisdom that might in the past have resulted in an orchestrated rebellion to unseat evil or immoral authorities to replace them with something better.
October 27th 2016, 09:47
The Conservative Party conference of early October marked the decision by British PM Theresa May to reveal her true sovereign colours following the June referendum. But committed Europhiles won’t like it, as she’ll be doing deals with the likes of Canada, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and South Korea, all of which are willing to engage in free-trade negotiations with the UK—and the excitement in the British air has been palpable.
Even Brexit doubters have raised eyebrows at the prospect of getting rid of the EU-derived red tape that has for years unashamedly strangled many small businesses and their capacity to innovate. The natural-health sector was particularly hard hit, given the precarious legislative balancing acts that many products were forced to endure on the legal borderline between foods and drugs.
October 14th 2016, 14:10
One week last September, the headlines exclaimed to the parents of young children that it was imperative to get their daughters, and even their young sons, vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV).Behind the headlines was a seemingly weighty scientific paper, published in the journal Clinical Reviews of Infectious Diseases, headed by one of the world’s leading HPV experts, Prof Suzanne Garland of the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Supporting her were 14 other HPV experts.
The newspapers echoed various snippets, including that the study involved 187 to 205 million or more doses of HPV vaccines in 129 countries.