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nucleus: spring 2002

Editorial

It was a chilly, grey November morning that my family and our close friends gathered in a small village church to bury my grandfather. As my brother and I walked behind the coffin containing his body, my thoughts turned to the last years of his life. Douglas Quick had lived...

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Diane Pretty

Diane Pretty is a 42 year old woman with motor neurone disease (MND) who wishes to commit suicide but is now too disabled to do so. She would therefore like her husband to end her life instead. In October 2001 the High Court heard Mrs Pretty's appeal against an earlier decision...

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Fighting the Other War - Aid to Afghanistan

On 13 November 2001, Radio Afghanistan began broadcasting music for the first time in five years. Listeners in Kabul, carrying their radios in the street shouted with joy as women, who were forbidden to work under the Taliban regime, broadcast the news.[1] The Northern Alliance had 'liberated' Kabul. At the...

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Abortion in the Republic of Ireland

In a sharp turnaround of policy, the Irish Medical Council voted in September 2001 to adopt new guidelines on abortion. The ruling, which took immediate effect, permits the procedure when there is 'a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother' and represents a move away from the...

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News Review

Cloning Loophole Exposed Scientists clone first human embryo US doctors approve sex selection for non-medical reasons Parents select embryo so son can have stem cells Public approve pre-implantation diagnosis Belgium set to decriminalise euthanasia Compulsory palliative care training for Californian doctors vCJD in Scotland linked to poor diet Health minister...

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Did You Know What I Did Last Summer?

How was your summer?', 'what did you get up to?' Those awful, painful questions. A sudden lump in your throat, a desire flooding over you to run away. What do you say? Everyone else seems to have done such cool stuff! How do you make six weeks asking 'Do you...

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Reflexology - Please Tread Carefully!

It is now estimated that between 20- 30% of the population in the UK resort to various types of complementary and alternative medical therapies (generally referred to as CAM) at some time, and reflexology is high on the list in terms of popularity. It is now increasingly being offered in...

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Lobbying - Why and How to do it

Whilst we may despair at the sorry state of our society, we are still called to be witnesses to it. One way to uphold God's standards, is to seek to influence those in authority. As we do so, we witness to the work of Jesus within us, and seek to...

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Deadly Questions - What about those who've never heard the gospel?

You may have experienced it yourself. You're in the middle of a good discussion about gospel issues with a friend. It seems that they understand the main points and are even beginning to grasp the implications for themselves. But just when things seem to be going really well, they wrinkle...

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Differential Diagnosis 38

There is little clinical information given but the man's paralysis could have been caused by any one of a great number of diseases. We aren't told how long he had been unwell and can't tell whether his paralysis was congenital or acquired. However, the lack of any specified associated symptoms...

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Know Your Bible 41

Answers It was Ezekiel who witnessed God resurrecting a valley full of dry bones (Ezk 37:1-14). This was a prophecy of how God would miraculously restore the nation of Israel (vv 11-14) and should be a reminder to us that nothing is too difficult for God to accomplish - his...

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