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What is the form of causation in health and disease, and intervention?

By David Evans

In a paper with a very long title, recently published in Medicine Health Care and Philosophy, Roger Kerry, Nic Lucas and I set out some ideas about how causation applies to relationships between health and disease. In particular, we focused on how treatment (intervention) might act to limit disease and restore health. (more…)

Reductionism isn’t enough for public health

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Chinese medical poster, 1933 (ref US NLM; image source here)

By Håkon Boman Andresen

The overarching goal of the public health sciences is to increase the population’s health. Society spends a lot of money each year on health research, which again is used to develop public policies and guidelines. However, is this causing the population to have better health? (more…)

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Re-Thinking Preclinical Research

How efficient is it really to exclude individual variability, context sensitivity and plurality of causes from lab models?

by Elena Rocca

Faith in medical research has decreased recently. Despite all the expectations of ‘personalized medicine’ and ‘tailored drug research’ since the dawn of the post genomic era, pre-clinical medical research has remained pretty much the same. (more…)