Alcohol and “fact”checking in Ireland

September 12, 2016


About a week ago decided it would be a good idea to ‘FactCheck’ whether  minimum unit alcohol pricing was proven to work, because the Irish Health Promotion  Minister (Marcella Corcoran Kennedy…apparently) made a claim about this with respect to  the Irish government’s alcohol policy. They decided that the best way to go about this […]

Posted in: Public Health

New Fun Police blog post: “How not to die when watching television”

August 5, 2016



Sometime last week the British, and probably international, newspapers were full of stories about new scientific data proving that binge watching (i.e. watching more than one episode of a series at a time, suppose) is detrimental to your health. Just a selection of the headings: “Binge watching TV programmes could kill you, according to Japanese scientists” (BBC)  […]

Posted in: General, Public Health

Book Review: “Dirty Old London: The Victorian fight against Filth”

July 6, 2016



In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with “night soil,” graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air itself was choked with smoke. I just spent the last couple of months reading up on what to do with rubbish, dung and filth if you produce so much […]

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‘Bending Science’ & the Dirty Electricity Industry

May 12, 2016



New blog post at ‘The Fun Police’: In principle the scientific method has a pretty relatively robust system based on peer-review to ensure that any problems in scientific papers are addressed before the paper is published. This methodology is not without its problems, but it is the best we have available; and it is hard to see what […]

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Having a closer look at the novel ‘Nanny State Index’

March 31, 2016



Today is a big day! Indeed, today is the day a novel metric has been launched – the Nanny State Index……. I will let that sink in for a bit… Read more about it at The Fun Police: Or directly to the article here: The Nanny State

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The Fun Police book review “How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics”

March 29, 2016



Review of new book by Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra, who argue that the obesity, insecurity, austerity and inequality that result from neoliberal (or ‘market fundamentalist’) policies are hazardous to our health. Direct link to review: Review “How Politics Makes us Sick” Link to The Fun Police: The Fun Police

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New blog post: “Experts: can’t live with them, can’t live without them”

February 10, 2016


We were interested in what is going on in the heads of experts in occupational exposure assessment and occupational hygiene, and we used the most novel tool we have at our disposal of getting that information – we asked them…. The rest of the article can be found at The Fun Police blog: The Fun […]

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