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Sheila Bird :: Mon, 01/03/2010 - 13:17

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Legal highs: catching up with new epidemics

Mephedrone, a designer drug, is a "legal high" that can be purchased via the internet, and has euphoric effects akin to cocaine or ecstasy, both of which are class A drugs.

Hamish Birchall :: Sat, 13/02/2010 - 13:20

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Unpicking an allergy scare

Last Sunday The Observer published an article headlined “Shock rise in number of fatal a

Achintya Rao :: Thu, 11/02/2010 - 09:35

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Watch TV and die

A paper in the journal

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 10/02/2010 - 14:35

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Service deaths in Afghanistan: a gloomy landmark reached

With the deaths of Corporal John Moore and Private Sean McDonald of the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the toll of UK military deaths in Afghanistan equalled that in the Falklands (255).

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 23/12/2009 - 13:56

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Conflict over war deaths

For conflict in action, there are few livelier battlegrounds than the row over how many people die in wars.

Nigel Hawkes and Robert Whiston :: Thu, 17/12/2009 - 11:41

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Misdirected benefits fail to cut winter deaths

The pensioners’ winter fuel payment - £250 per household, no means test, no questions asked - drops into the bank accounts of those over 60 during December.

Sheila Bird and Patrick Mercer MP :: Wed, 28/10/2009 - 16:58

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Military Inquests: Short-Changed?

In spite of the rising toll of the war in Afghanistan, fewer military inquests are being held.

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 03/09/2009 - 13:23

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H1N1 data still in short supply

When a British soldier dies in Afghanistan, we know within days the sex, age and region of residence of the fatality, together with the immediate cause of death. How different it is for swine flu.

Sheila Bird and Patrick Mercer MP :: Wed, 19/08/2009 - 08:30

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Too long a wait for Afghanistan inquests

More British soldiers are dying in Afghanistan - but the number of inquests held into their deaths has halved, in spite of Government promises of extra resources. Why?

Sheila Bird :: Fri, 14/08/2009 - 10:46

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Monitoring hidden deaths from swine flu

How can we monitor deaths from swine flu, in cases where the cause may not be immediately identified? This note suggests how it might be done.