Treating soldiers with unlicensed drugs

It was reported recently that British soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are being treated with an experimental blood clotting agent that has not been licensed for general use in the National Health Service. The drug in question, NovoSeven Recombinent Factor VIIa, developed by the Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, is licensed to stem bleeding in […]

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Whither Swedish social democracy?

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 20 September 2006. The general election defeat of the Swedish social democrats may bring joy to Nordic liberals, but the centre-right government of Fredrik Reinfeldt will have a weak electoral mandate, the old regime has tight control of the civil service, and the […]

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Standby power: how significant a problem is it?

David Aaronovitch, in an interesting, if somewhat rambling article on global warming, presents readers with the following challenge: “Here’s a test though. What do readers think would be the reaction of public and opinion-formers to the following: a law to ban the production of electronic equipment with standby buttons? Stolid acceptance of the sense of […]

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Climate change is happening, so how should we deal with it?

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 5 September 2006. Environmental scientists all too often fail to get their message across to the public in terms that will have a positive and lasting impact. The language scientists and lobby groups use can be either opaque, with decontextualised numbers flying all […]

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