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triple helix: Winter 2012

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Assisted suicide: victories and challenges

2013 will bring more pressure to legalise assisted suicide in Britain with two new parliamentary bills and an ongoing court case to threaten further the lives of elderly and disabled people. But there is also good cause to look back with thanks to God for victories in 2012. Lord Falconer's...
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All change at the Department of Health

Mixed reactions - Review by Helen Barratt - Clinical Research Fellow in Public Health in London In September, Andrew Lansley was replaced as Secretary of State for Health by Jeremy Hunt, the former culture secretary, as part of an extensive government reshuffle. Three of the department's other...
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Contraceptive jabs and implants for 13 year olds

Neither ethical nor evidence-based Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive School nurses have given implants or jabs to girls aged between 13 and 16 more than 900 times in the past two years. (1) Girls aged 13 have been given contraceptive jabs and implants on more than 20 occasions and a...
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Where to go next with the Millennium Development Goals?

Review by Steve Fouch - CMF Head of Allied Professions Ministries Health goals unlikely to be met - With only two years left before they are supposed to be met, it looks like a mixed bag of results for the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) The major goal of halving the number of people living on...
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Good News from Massachusetts

A significant defeat for the assisted suicide lobby - Review by Peter Saunders - CMF Chief Executive On the night of the US presidential election on 6 November the state of Massachusetts voted 51% to 49% in a referendum to reject the legalisation of assisted suicide.(1) The question considered read...
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Feeding the Poor

Valerie Rowe helped start a foodbank in her area. key points - The Trussell Trust is the only UK Christian charity running a network of foodbanks. The rising cost of food and fuel combined with static incomes, high unemployment and changes to benefits, is forcing people into crisis where they...
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Christian Dental Fellowship at 60

Peter Thornley , President of CDF, writes about its vision and work. key points - The Christian Dental Fellowship has always had close links with Christian medics and nurses. Dentists face many day-to-day issues which can lead to ethical dilemmas. High suicide and divorce rates among dentists are...
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Is the Gospel Good News for Healthcare?

Alex Bunn on faith in the workplace. key points - The Christian faith is increasingly marginalised in the NHS and this is not good for patients or practitioners. A culture of targets and perfectionism negatively impacts care. Work is a gift of the Creator who invites us to engage in his work of...
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Withdrawing and Withholding Care

Peter Phillips reflects on appropriate care of frail patients. key points - Withholding or withdrawing care not in a patient's best interests is different from acting to end a life. Diagnosis of terminal illness needs careful scrutiny and discussion with experienced colleagues since recognising the...
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The Liverpool Care Pathway

Jeff Stephenson addresses issues about care at the final stages of life. key points - LCP is widely used and probably the best known of such pathways. The onus is still on clinical teams to assess and review patients. Misconceptions about LCP risk scaremongering and detracting from the real...
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Changing attitudes, bringing healing, changing lives

Vicky Lavy highlights news from four CMF members. Nepal: fistula camps - Shirley Heywood went to medical school because she felt called to work as a doctor in Nepal. She arrived there nine years ago, via Liverpool, London, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. She works with International Nepal Fellowship...
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Changing Direction

Sarah Maidment stares the experienceof changing specialties. 'I think you'd be better suited to General Practice.' My mother'swords hung heavily in my mind. I had received offers of specialty training in paediatrics from two different deaneries. Not one but two doors had opened for me in...
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Faith, art and holistic medicine

'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' Hamlet Act 1, Scene 5 Our age idolises the gods of economics, technology and science. Debates and decisions within the health service, as in society at large, tend to revolve around them. In a time of...
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Encountering Depression

Frequently asked questions answered for Christians - Andrew and Elizabeth Procter SPCK 2012 £8.99 Pb 110pp ISBN 978 0 281106 472 4 Included among the 20 questions covered by the authors are: Does my depression stem from my lack of faith? I must have done something wrong? Am I being judged? Why...
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Ka Sefofane

The story of flying mission - Malcolm J McArthur Milton Contact Ltd 2011 £19 Pb 321 pp ISBN 978 0 95626 496 1 What is the fastest way to get from one town in Botswana to another across miles and miles of uncharted desert? By plane ( ka sefofane in the local language), of course. As a young...
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PRIME Calling

John Caroe PRIME 2002 £5 Pb 60pp ISBN 978 0 95595 271 5 Written to convey the early years of PRIME (Partnerships in International Medical Education), PRIME Calling recounts briefly the early coming together of a group of Christian doctors in Sussex who wanted to'reconcile [their] professional...
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Spiritual Assessment in Healthcare Practice

Wilfred McSherry and Linda Ross (eds) M & K Publishing, 2010 £27 Pb 190pp ISBN 978 1 90553 927 7 The editors have brought together contributors from nursing, medicine, theology, and chaplaincy from the US and Europe to offer a broad perspective on spiritual care and assessment. I found the...
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Keeping Faith in Faith-Based Organizations

A Practical Theology of Salvation Army Health Ministry - Dean Pallant Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2012 £16.00 Pb 222pp ISBN-10: 1610979230 Dean Pallant, Head of International Health Services for the Salvation Army, looks at the place of faith-based organisations in providing health services in the...
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Life's Not Always Easy

Children & pain or disability - Gordon W. Kuhrt Morse-Brown, 2011 £7.00 Pb 60pp ISBN 978 1 90761 505 4 Available from bookshops and email: omkuhrt@tiscali.co.uk Gordon Kuhrt writes for children on the problem of suffering. In Part 1 the author tells his own story of long periods in hospital and...
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With My Whole Heart

Reflections on the heart of the Psalms - James Jones SPCK Publishing 2012 £8.99 Pb 176pp ISBN 978 0 21068 050 Bishop James Jones turned to the Book of Common Prayer when, within one week after making a heartfelt speech in the House of Lords, he underwent an angiogram followed by cardiac surgery. It...
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Dealing with depression

Trusting God through the Dark Times - Sarah Collins & Jayne Haynes Christian Focus Publications, 2011 £4.99 Pb 128pp ISBN 978 1 845 506 339 Here is a primer for the families, friends and pastors of those suffering from depressive illness, as much as for those currently walking with the'black dog'...
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eutychus

Fight against TB is still 'fragile' says WHO - Some 51 million people are alive today having been successfully treated for tuberculosis over the last 17 years, but the WHO warns the fight against TB remains fragile. 'The momentum to break this disease is in real danger. We are now at a crossroads...
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Set Apart to Serve

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing...the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, 'It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of...
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