BMJ article and Panorama research

Here is the link to an article I co-authored for the British Medical Journal:

The article arose from some separate research that I worked on with the BMJ into the evidence behind performance claims for sports products. The paper can be found here – – and the work was also the basis of a Panorama on BBC1 last week.


Guardian articles

I am spending a couple of weeks at the Guardian, mainly on the Environment desk. Here are the first of my articles to appear on the website:

Google Maps to feature UK canals and rivers


George Osborne a ‘bloody idiot’ on wildlife protection

Scalpel-less surgery on the Scientific American

My latest article has been featured on the Scientific American’s “Incubator” blog, highlighting the work of young, up and coming science journalists.

Check out the SciAm page here –

You can read the original article on Elements here –

Now off to work on some more material for Purse String Theory as I’m being left behind by my superhuman colleagues, Adam and Lisa!

Latest articles on Elements

It’s been a while…

However, I have been keeping busy and here are a couple of links to my most recent articles on Elements:

My profile of the Maggie’s Cancer Support Centres, including photos of their stunning buildings – here

An introduction to the fascinating BioDigital Human, where you can perform all sorts of online anatomy – here

More on the way, including scalpel-less surgery, and there a few other articles that haven’t gone up but I’ll leave them for another day!

The doctrine of double effect

Having to put down a pet can be an incredibly difficult decision. The animal may be in extreme pain and, as much as you might love the pet, you know that the compassionate thing to do is to trust a trained veterinarian’s decision to end their suffering. Would you be prepared to let a doctor make the same decision for a grandparent?

The doctrine of double effect is a justification used by doctors in cases where they administer drugs to a patient, with the intent of alleviating distressing symptoms, in the knowledge that doing so may shorten, or in fact end, the life of that person.
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Video games rivalling superfoods

Playing video games on a regular basis may improve the creativity of children.This is according to new research into the long-term effects of video game usage, which shows violent games are as beneficial as their non-violent counterparts in boosting kids’ creativity.

In fact, video games might surpass the claims of many superfoods when this is coupled with evidence that games can improve eyesight, brain power and driving skills, and may even strengthen familial bonds. Continue reading

Does anti-virus software really protect internet users?

Internet users in the UK are “overly reliant” on anti-virus software.This is according to Dr Richard Clayton from the University of Cambridge, who was speaking at yesterday’s House of Lords select committee meeting on science and technology. He advised the committee that there was a real need for greater education of the public on safe practice when online. Continue reading