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Paying the ultimate price for telling the truth about the coronavirus

As the landscape continues to change with regard to Covid-19, conflicting information is emerging around transmission rates, mortalities, etc. Amid all the morass, one thing is certain; as is invariably the case with such outbreaks, doctors and other healthcare professionals are the ones at the coalface and are at the highest risk of contamination. Part…

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The gender agenda: Rights or wrongs?

Let me begin this brief piece by saying genuine, clinically-diagnosed gender dysphoria (GD) is an extremely upsetting and troubling condition for both a child and their parents and should be addressed with care by qualified, responsible medical professionals. And it is important to add that GD is distinct from gender ‘non-conformity’. The DSM-5 has now…

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China’s response to the coronavirus: Compare and contrast

At time of writing, the coronavirus outbreak in China and beyond is an evolving situation. The World Health Organisation has declared it an international emergency — finally — and in the world’s largest ever quarantine operation, approximately 60 million people and growing are in ‘lockdown’. This figure is of course a ‘guesstimate’, as information coming…

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Weaponised words and normalised nonsense

Hello. My name is Doug and I identify as ‘he/him’. If I had said anything like that in the secondary school I attended, a judicious pummelling would have ensued in the school yard (and no, I’m not condoning that of course). But should we care that so many people, with so much time on their…

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A weird, wonderful and wacky worldwide season

It’s that time of year again — some love it, others hate it and some are indifferent. For many, it’s a source of stress and financial pressure. No doubt there are studies to indicate the rates of myocardial infarction during the festive period but for this offering, we’ll take a breather from death, disease and…

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Lifting the lid on an issue that demands more action

There seems to be an unlimited and ever-increasing supply of ‘days’ dedicated to a certain cause each year. The list is too exhaustive to go into in depth here, but a few examples include ‘World Braille Day’; ‘International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation’ (that one should be a permanent fixture); ‘International Day…

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