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Chris Millard traces the history of policy designed to tackle stigma, contextualising both "celebrity" action and the mooted scrapping of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Hormone Pregnancy Test (HPT) drugs are currently the subject of a government inquiry. Jesse Olszynko-Gryn suggest that consideration of the historical context is vital for a full understanding.
As the junior doctors’ strike continues, Jack Saunders takes a historical look at how the current industrial dispute may be resolved.
Despite the fact that the male suicide rate is now more than three times higher than the female rate, precious little has been done to tackle the stigma amongst men of discussing mental health issues. Dr. Ali Hagget asks why.
While past abuse scandals have galvanised public inquiries, Professor Sally Sheard shows that wider institutional barriers, and politics, can influence whether a minister drives through change.
Alcohol policy is not determined only by national politics: local implementation plays a key role in its success or failure, as research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine reveals.
Historical evidence of doctors’ attitudes towards mentally ill older patients may help explain the current initiative to pay GPs for diagnosing dementia. The evidence also suggests alternative policies that would assist doctors and ultimately improve quality of life for patients, argues Dr Claire Hilton.
As khat is banned in the UK today, Dr Luke Gibbon, of Strathclyde University, considers past prohibitions of the herbal stimulant in colonial Aden and Kenya - which had unintended negative consequences and ended in failure.
Could the fall in serious violence announced recently be related to declining alcohol consumption in Britain since the mid-2000s? Dr James Nicholls considers changing drinking levels, licensing laws and social mores over 400 years to understand the complex effects on violence and health. In doing so, he punctures the myth of boozy Britain and binge drinkers.
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