Month: July 2012

UK MP’s get it!

UK Politicians call for ban on alcohol advertising Mail Online (UK) 18 July 2012  Ministers should consider banning  television and cinema adverts that  promote alcohol to stop children from seeing them, claim MPs. They also want to investigate whether drink firms…

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Most women say ‘I do’ to husband’s name

The Age (Australia) 20 July 2012 Getting married any time soon? If you are a Victorian woman, chances are you’ll be changing your surname to your husband’s. Planning on having a baby? Chances are the child will take on dad’s…

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Perhaps Winston is right…

Inactivity ‘killing as many as smoking’ BBC News 18 July 2012 A lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world, a study suggests. The report, published in the Lancet to coincide with the build-up…

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Interesting commentary on divorce – and the effect on children

A child is for life, not just for a few years Telegraph (UK) 16 July 2012 …As a doctor, I am sick of seeing the emotional fall-out of feuding parents, the children being innocent conduits for their bitterness and resentments.…

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Why dads matter – and gender matters!

Doting dads ‘make babies behave better’ The Independent (UK) 19 July 2012 The level of engagement fathers have with their children in the first months of life may influence the development of behavioural problems later. Fathers who were more involved…

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Call for raised drinking age gathers momentum

Christchurch Press 20 July 2012 Canterbury’s health bosses want the drinking age raised to 20 and the price of alcohol increased. The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) yesterday voted to support a South Island alcohol position statement that makes five…

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Tragic deaths show babies’ fragility

Stuff.co.nz 20 July 2012 They are tragedies that could have happened to any family. The deaths of three much-loved and well-cared-for Wellington babies have been made public by a coroner to illustrate how vulnerable infants are. All three suffocated in…

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Call to raise drinking age loud and clear

Media Release 20 July 2012 Family First NZ is welcoming a call from Canterbury’s health bosses to raise the drinking age to 20, and says that health boards, health professionals, police, family groups, addiction experts, the Prime Minister’s chief science…

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Despite student union attempts, free speech reigns

Bid to ban anti-abortion club voted down NZ Herald 19 July 2012 A move to ban an anti-abortion club from the Auckland University Students’ Association has been defeated overwhelmingly after an emotional debate about free speech. A special general meeting…

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