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Legalize ... them!

Jill Richardson

13th January 2014

The phony justification for the US's ban on hemp makes even less sense than it did before Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana. Jill Richardson says its high time to legalize them both. more...
Intensive pig farm: a ripe environment for infections to spread. Photo: Pig Business - www.bigbusiness.co.uk.

Tax farm antibiotics to fight superbugs

Aidan Hollis

14th January 2014

Faced with the rise of antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' we desperately need to curtail the use of antibiotics on farms - and develop new and effective treatments. The answer, says Aidan Hollis, is to make the farmer pay. more...
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Pharmaceutical industry 'rejoices' at demise of pioneering EPD allergy treatment

Charlotte Davis

13th April, 2012

Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is a groundbreaking treatment for allergy sufferers. But the recent closure of a firm championing EPD leaves its future in doubt. Drug companies and mainstream doctors are unlikely to be mourning, says Charlotte Davis
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Revealed: the prescription drugs and medications most likely to harm or kill you

Andrew Wasley & Bethany Hubbard

13th March, 2012

Official data suggests antidepressants, antipsychotics, stop smoking drugs, vaccines against swine flu and even paracetamol cause adverse drug reactions. So just how safe are they? Andrew Wasley & Bethany Hubbard report more...
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Why our testing of antibiotics and other drugs may not be safe

Kathy Archibald

23rd May, 2011

The current testing protocol for new medicines is proven to be inadaquate. It's time for a radical new approach, argues Kathy Archibald, director of the Safer Medicines Campaign more...
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Adverse reactions lead US patients to ask 'just how safe are antibiotics?'

Carey Purcell

23rd May, 2011

A growing number of American patients say they've been poisoned by fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Not only has this ruined lives, they say, it's exposed the unhealthy relationship between some drug manufacturers and medical regulatory bodies. Carey Purcell reports more...
Green medicine

Can the NHS ever be green?

Delny Britton

27th April, 2011

Delny Britton investigates the hidden impacts of western mainstream medicine - including pollution from pharmaceutical products, high carbon emissions and adverse drug reactions - and asks whether the healthcare sector can ever be truly sustainable

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UK rejects veterinary advice to ban antibiotic drug adverts to farmers

Tom Levitt

5th January, 2011

Strong industry lobbying sees Defra ignore concerns from its own vets about overuse and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bugs from farm animals to the food chain more...
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E.coli and salmonella resistance 'spreading' due to antibiotics overuse

Tom Levitt

23rd September, 2010

Defra urged to stop 'downplaying' the problem and ban 'unacceptable' advertising of antibiotics to farmers more...
A small shrimp

Commonly prescribed drugs linked to shrimp population decline

Ecologist

7th June, 2010

Study finds that antidepressants in waste water flowing into rivers and estuaries can make coastal marine shrimps more susceptible to predators more...
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FDA supports ban on growth antibiotics in livestock

Ecologist

15th July, 2009

The US Food and Drug Administration has said that antibiotics should not be administered to livestock except to prevent or treat disease more...
Grow your own drugs

Grow your own drugs: an interview with James Wong

Laura Sevier

2nd July, 2009

Plants can be much more than a pretty backdrop to life. Read this and you'll never look at a garden in the same way again... more...

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Drugs on tap

Drugs on tap

John Naish

1st May 2009

Taking a pill for a headache may seem like the most natural thing in the world, but prescription drugs are forcing their way into every corner of our lives and environment, says John Naish more...
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The environmental impact of drugs

Nick Kettles

19th May, 2009

How much rainforest does it take for one celebrity to snort another one under the table? Nick Kettles investigates the devastating environmental impact of cocaine use. more...
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Drugs on tap

John Naish

30th April, 2009

Britain has a serious and unnecessary drug habit, but the implications of our pill-forevery-ill culture go far beyond the adverse effects on human health. The complex chemicals in modern pharmaceuticals, as well as the manufacturing processes involved, leave a massive industrial footprint on the natural world that is largely ignored by both science and government. more...
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Behind the label: Smokeless tobacco

Pat Thomas

1st October, 2008

We get an entertaining selection of press releases each week at the Ecologist. Recently, however, amid claims for the greenest 4x4s ever, vegan-friendly breastmilk ice cream and strip-mining with a heart, one stood out. more...
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The safer cigarette

Devra Davis

15th May, 2008

What do government and industry do when something is toxic but massively profitable? Most of the time, says Devra Davis, they just invest in better class of PR… more...
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Profitable Pollutants

Ecologist

15th May, 2008

It usually takes a major public health crisis to remove profitable toxins completely from marketplace. In the meantime most of us continue to be exposed to a variety of profitable poisons, including: more...
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Cassandra: Youth

John Papworth

1st October, 2006

Did you say ‘youth problem’?
It’s really the adult problem.

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School Uniformity

Rachel Ragg

22nd September, 2006

The exuberance of childhood celebrated in books such as Just William is now frowned upon as inappropriate behaviour, resulting in more and more children being prescribed behavioural drugs. Rachel Ragg investigates more...
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Read the label: Fragrances

Pat Thomas

1st September, 2006

We are enamoured of fragrances, and virtually every aspect of our lives is touched by a fragranced product. But is it a touch too much? Pat Thomas reports. more...
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We Are All Addicts

Edward Goldsmith

1st September, 2006

A 1971 editorial from the ecologist founding editor Edward Goldsmith on how our society is becoming ever more addicted to gimmicks intended to ensure our survival in ever less favourable conditions more...
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ASBOs vs Nutrition

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2006

Over 1,000 juvenile delinquents showed a 44 per cent drop in antisocial behaviour when put on a low sugar diet. So why is the government completely ignoring what we are feeding our children, and yet is happy to spend £2,500 on administering each ASBO? more...
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Medication nation

Mark White

16th December, 2005

Too fat, too thin, too sad, too happy... Whatever the problem Biotech is developing a vaccine or a pill to cure us. Mark White examines the consequences of a world where all our worries can be medicated away. more...
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Avian flu - the ecology of an epidemic

Pat Thomas

1st December, 2005

Bird flu has been raging through Asia for more than a decade. But it is only recently that most of us have started to pay attention to the story. Pat Thomas seperates fact from fiction and asks whether this is a random act of nature or yet another man-made disaster. more...

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