Health

The burning mouth syndrome June 14, 2014 00:01

The burning mouth syndrome

This syndrome is a condition characterised by a sensation of burning, affecting the oral mucosa.   José A. de la Osa   This is [...]
 
Talking about… other languages June 8, 2014 00:01

Talking about… other languages

On 14 June, NATECLA (the National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults) will hold a seminar about learning languages that are [...]
 
Being obese… more than an excess? May 17, 2014 23:30

Being obese… more than an excess?

More than a simple cosmetic problem, obesity has been recognised as an illness by the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 1998.   José A. [...]
 
 
Ebola, closer than ever to the ‘first world’ May 11, 2014 00:01

Ebola, closer than ever to the ‘first world’

Guinea in West Africa is the latest country to be hit by an outbreak of the incurable disease.  It is estimated to kill in [...]
 
With the sun on your back… April 13, 2014 01:22

With the sun on your back…

If your back hurts, don’t worry, studies show that four out of five people have, or will have at some time in their lives, [...]
 
Parasites: invisible but ever-present April 6, 2014 00:01

Parasites: invisible but ever-present

Enterobius vermicularis – commonly known as the threadworm or pinworm – is a member of the nematode (roundworm) family, and is found in humans. [...]
 
 
Facts and lies about abortion in Europe March 16, 2014 04:02

Facts and lies about abortion in Europe

 “Women who go through abortion can face infertility, increasing chances of breast cancer or even becoming a child abuser”.    Nuria Riutord Lleonart   [...]
 
Childhood: forced labour, poverty, illness and death March 16, 2014 03:53

Childhood: forced labour, poverty, illness and death

For every 1,000 live births, 48 are likely to die before the age of five, 35 in their first year and 21 before they [...]
 
Why don’t we have time to eat well nowadays? February 23, 2014 00:04

Why don’t we have time to eat well nowadays?

We move faster now. Society establishes life standards that lead us towards exhaustion, stress, high performance and away from stability.   Isaura Diez Millán [...]
 
 
Spanish migrants in the UK: abandoned by their country February 23, 2014 00:01

Spanish migrants in the UK: abandoned by their country

Thousands of young people have upped and left Spain in search of a better future since the start of the economic crisis.  Luck doesn’t [...]
 
Anxiety: a basic, yet dangerous, emotion January 26, 2014 19:05

Anxiety: a basic, yet dangerous, emotion

The most common and widespread of human emotions that manifests itself throughout our lives. Anxiety also has many similarities with other emotional reactions, such [...]
 
The  inhumane stigma of mental illness in Africa January 13, 2014 08:57

The inhumane stigma of mental illness in Africa

Across Africa men and women are forgotten, abandoned in places few people will even talk about.  There, they suffer the systematic destruction of their [...]
 
 
Santo Domingo: women, AIDs, shame and suffering January 13, 2014 05:06

Santo Domingo: women, AIDs, shame and suffering

The Dominican Kiara Mariano, born with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), discovered her illness when she was 20 years old, and since then, life [...]
 
Bulimia…the silent killer November 17, 2013 01:00

Bulimia…the silent killer

  Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by uncontrolled eating binges, with compensatory behaviour such as inducing vomiting, taking laxatives and diuretics, and [...]
 
Brian Fisher: “In one year GPs will be a complicated disaster November 4, 2013 14:38

Brian Fisher: “In one year GPs will be a complicated disaster

    The agreements of the National Health Service (NHS) have been completely rewritten. As such, it is a great private experiment and we do [...]
 
 
 

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    Money rules

    Society is being hollowed out by a set of non-values which are overwhelming ever other set of criteria for evaluating worth.   Steve Latham   F. S. Michaels’ book, “Monoculture. How one story is changing everything”, analyses the deep structure of our culture’s infatuation with wealth. It...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen The real drama is in the ‘corridor of death’

    The real drama is in the ‘corridor of death’

    The documentary film ‘Who is Dayani Cristal’ will premiere in British cinemas on July 25th, the story of a migrant whose body was found in this deadly area of desert.   The film is directed by Marc Silver and produced by Gael Garcia Bernal, and is based on real events. The film shows the arduous...

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  • Culture, Listings, Pages Don Quijote rides into London

    Don Quijote rides into London

    “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote de la Mancha”, a new play directed and performed by the company Little Soldiers, opens on 23rd July.   By Virginia Moreno Molina   The Little Soldiers company made its debut in London in 2010 with a piece entitled Pakita: Stimulating, Bitter, and Necessary....

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  • Culture, Screen “Angola year Zero”: the Wild West of Africa & its identity

    “Angola year Zero”: the Wild West of Africa & its identity

    Huge changes have taken place in both Cuba and Angola especially since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. In both countries the sudden loss of Soviet support led to a crisis, and an increase in migration, out of Cuba and into Angola.   Director Ever Miranda Palacio Graham Douglas   Ever Miranda...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America Praise to forgetfulness

    Praise to forgetfulness

    Fanatical fans are from everywhere not only here in this country of crazy, violent, passionate people… without passion, they want to see themselves reflected in the heroic ball-playing characters, but the next day they still don’t agree on anything.   Armando Orozco Tovar   Forgetfullness...

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  • Culture, Pages, Screen A debate: the new and the classic of Zed Books

    A debate: the new and the classic of Zed Books

    This publishing house will inaugurate their first “Open House” event on the 17th of July. It will allow people to find new books and take part in an open debate on various subjects.   Tony Phillips, author of “Europe on the Brink: debt, crisis and dissent in the European periphery”, will...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Playing with dragons

    Playing with dragons

    How do we fill that vast expanse of empty time during the post-university phase of early adult life, before working out what to do with the rest of our lives?   Steve Latham   We drift through endless days, unsure of our purpose, attempting to fill the hours with something, anything, while we cogitate...

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  • Comments, In Focus The tower of bats

    The tower of bats

    “We start to talk of food/ when we replace/ water with the essence of blood”. Fabio Arias.   Armando Orozco Tovar   It was during the years when thousands of members of Colombia’s left-wing “Unión Patriótica” party were assassinated throughout the country. At the height of this...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Fred Jordao: cultural cleansing & carnival in Brazil

    Fred Jordao: cultural cleansing & carnival in Brazil

    The carnivals of Rio, Salvador and Recife are different, but the opportunity to make money is homogenising them. Photographer Fred Jordao from Recife decided he was more interested in the popular festivals put on by the poorest people in the outer areas of the city, with no patronage or financial support.     Carnaval...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus Recognition as a ontological and human relationship

    Recognition as a ontological and human relationship

    Recognition is looking in the mirror at the other to build a community that is not homogeneous but diverse.   Claudio Chipana G.   Here are some thoughts on the issue of recognition. Recognition in its broadest sense embraces the individual in their uniqueness and in the constitution of the...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, United Kingdom NHS on a knife edge

    NHS on a knife edge

    The Commonwealth Fund has just released a report that rates the NHS the best value for money health service in the developed world.   Naomi Beer   They also rate the US system the worst, yet this government (and previous governments) are taking us headlong into the American style system which...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Cognitive counter-revolution

    Cognitive counter-revolution

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), developed by Albert Ellis, is the latest fad to sweep the world of counselling. And I have benefitted personally. Steve Latham   Claiming to be based on rigorous empirical research, CBT is supposedly superior to old-fashioned psycho-therapy, with its time-consuming...

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  • Comments, In Focus Just like Planet Earth

    Just like Planet Earth

    On a blanket of artificial grass amongst the sound of loud-mouthed announcers, men run from one side to another, moving like in a dance arms and legs back and forth, back and forth…   Armando Orozco Tovar   They advance, they retreat, they fall down, and they get right back up. Others...

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  • Culture, Globe, Listings, United Kingdom, Visual Arts Full Contact 2014… open call for photography

    Full Contact 2014… open call for photography

    Tarragona welcomes a new edition of the International Scan Photography Festival, which is organising a gathering between artists and fans to discuss and share ideas about this art form. The event will take place on the 24th and 25th of October, following the selection of the in June.   Once again, the...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Struggles, Trade Unions, Workers Deprived of General Practice?

    Deprived of General Practice?

    As a GP, working in the inner city for 25 years, I have a problem and it is not the patients I deal with on a daily basis. My problem is that I know what is happening to General Practice and the NHS but the public who use the service do not.    Naomi Beer   They are told that General Practice...

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  • Economy, Globe, Lifestyle, Ludotheque, World The Internet continues to revolutionise world trade

    The Internet continues to revolutionise world trade

    The “World Wide Web” is thought of as the source of a revolutionary trend in the way that goods and services are traded over computer networks, giving rise to so-called e-commerce, which has been generating so much interest in the businesses sector.   Masiel Fernández Bolaños   A recent...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus King’s Cross is a non-place

    King’s Cross is a non-place

    Behind King’s Cross railway station in London lays one of the most exciting capital city regeneration schemes in Europe.   Steve Latham   A multi-billion pound rebuilding programme is replacing the old goods yards with many square feet of offices, businesses, accommodation, and university or research...

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  • Comments, In Focus Humans and objects

    Humans and objects

    The idea that people use people is quite common nowadays. It seems acceptable that we are seen or we see others as objects.   Mabel Encinas   This can be such an everyday idea that it may sound familiar that you can use your colleague to convince your boss or use your children to win a argument...

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  • Culture, Guide, Visual Arts Pinta London, five years of bringing art

    Pinta London, five years of bringing art

    Alfredo Esposito, Energy 2 On its fifth anniversary, this unique Art Fair in London is dedicated to Latin-American art and committed to a new generation of artists, while also recognising the continued lack of women in the art world. The event will be held from the 12th to 15th of June.   Central...

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  • Comments, In Focus Denis Fernando: “Racist attacks are common in the UK”

    Denis Fernando: “Racist attacks are common in the UK”

    The government has created a smoke screen of “migration” in order to cover up economic and social reality by blaming immigrants. Many believe it, others do not, but all the same, they do not want foreigners in their home. This was once a country that continually welcomed immigrants; today it appears...

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