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Alarmed by advice on breast cancer checks | Letter

14/12/2017 Letters 0

Delyth Morgan of Breast Cancer Now says there is no denying that NHS screening prevents women dying from breast cancerWith the continued decline in uptake of breast screening in the UK needing to be urgently addressed, we were particularly alarmed to r…

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Rise of the robots and all the lonely people | Letters

13/12/2017 Letters 0

Some automation brings benefits, says Roger Backhouse, but people need human interaction too; while 13 signatories to a letter say that Christmas is the perfect time to tackle the UK’s loneliness epidemicTwo connected stories in Monday’s Guardian: …

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NHS trust will greatly miss Bob Kerslake | Letters

11/12/2017 Letters 0

It is a sad day for the NHS and for King’s patients when someone of his calibre feels they have no alternative but to throw in the towel, writes Andrew McCallYour report on Lord Kerslake’s resignation as chair of King’s College Hospital, London (…

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Portugal shows the way ahead on drugs policy | Letters

10/12/2017 Letters 0

Yasmin Batliwala and Ian McCauley praise Portugal’s non-punitive approach to drug addictionThe driving force behind Portugal’s capacity to rescue itself from the throes of an opioid crisis is an emphasis on personalised care that galvanises the com…

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Conflict of interest in child obesity report | Letters

07/12/2017 Letters 0

Four former members of the expert working group recruited by the Centre for Social Justice report on childhood obesity write that the involvement of Danone and Asda in the project must bring into question its findingsThis Thursday sees the publication …

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Sober and living a happy alcohol-free life | Letters

05/12/2017 Letters 0

The decision to not drink is a personal one and one we take fully aware of the benefits and pitfalls, writes Annie Dehaney-Steven, who has been sober for a yearFor those of us who have attained our majority and are reasonably healthy, the decision to n…

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Putting the UK transport system back on track | Letters

04/12/2017 Letters 0

Plans to revive disused railway lines must not ignore the cycling routes that replaced themWhile Sustrans welcomes the potential reopening of disused railway lines in principle (Beeching’s axed rail lines could be revived, 29 November), it will be cr…

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China flushing out urban hygiene issues | Brief letters

28/11/2017 Letters 0

Chinese public toilets | Guardian letters | Cuttlefish signalling | Driverless boats | Productivity | Paddington 2Your report on Xi Jinping’s drive to improve China’s public toilets (Xi Jinping makes China’s toilets a number two priority, 28 Nove…

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Teenybopper’s first love was David Cassidy | Letters

23/11/2017 Letters 0

NHS drugs bill | Facebook | Holly Golightly | David Cassidy | Pronunciation of Italian wordsIf drug companies raise pricing when drugs are debranded (NHS taken for a ride?, 22 November), why do we not establish a company owned by the NHS or directly by…

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Use carrot and stick to tackle obesity crisis | Letters

17/11/2017 Letters 0

We need subsidies on fruit and vegetables as well as a sugar tax, says Henry Leese; the government’s obesity strategy should not have omitted breastfeeding, says J Peter GreavesThe UK is the “most obese nation in western Europe” (Report, 11 November), …

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UK law on assisted dying is ‘barbaric’ | Letters

15/11/2017 Letters 0

GP Mary Gibbs is horrified that terminally ill patients are being refused adequate pain relief because it might shorten their life; while Sara Starkey recalls her husband’s peaceful death at Dignitas and laments the fact most terminally ill people in t…

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Caring for others has been a great privilege | Letters

13/11/2017 Letters 0

I have shared tears of happiness and heartbreak, writes Neil Young, of his 30-year career in the care sectorAfter reading a barrage of negativity about the poor care of our elderly, I found myself reflecting on the real essence of care. During my 30-ye…