A new study, conducted by the University of Exeter, has uncovered diabetes is more common in Adults than had been recently believed, it argues that some adults may have been incorrectly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when they may actually have type 1. This issue caused me to reflect upon what is considered the truth in medicine, and how scientific discoveries can alter clinician’s understanding of what scientific truth is constantly.
The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, recently announced an increase in taxation for ” white cider”, a higher in alcohol, paler variant of conventional cider that is typically cheaper. The Chancellor argued this addresses “excessive consumption by the most vulnerable people”. This topic made me think about the ethical side of public health and the effect government policy has upon the state of public health.
I thought it would be interesting to reflect upon the public health aspect of medicine in the united kingdom and evaluate the ethics behind government intervention in food. The addition of folic acid to flour being an example of potential government intervention to improve public health.