Prostate cancer test: Ben Stiller says it saved his life, but here’s why top doctors avoid it

The American actor and director Ben Stiller said last week that a simple blood test saved his life from prostate…

11 Oct 2016

Steven Woolfe: the danger of a single blow to the head

There is still much to be made public about the so-called ‘altercation’ between Ukip MEPs Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem,…

7 Oct 2016

Terry Jones’s dementia: a cruel fate for a man who found so much joy in words

Along with many people brought up on a diet of Monty Python, I was greatly saddened to hear that Terry…

26 Sep 2016

Theresa May: the first prime minister with a discreet need for jelly babies

To say that British politics is in a state of flux is rather like saying an otter’s pocket is a…

12 Jul 2016

Botox has changed the lives of my patients. But not by changing their looks

If someone mentions the word ‘Botox’ to you, I suspect the first image it conjures up is of people desperately…

21 Jun 2016

Prince: killed by a painkiller far more potent than heroin

So now we know what killed Prince. He died trying to control the pain in his hips that had become…

9 Jun 2016

Muhammad Ali: was boxing the cause of his Parkinson’s?

In one of those coincidences that sometimes make you stop and think, at the time I first heard of the…

6 Jun 2016

High heels can be harmful. Here are tips for happier feet

Marilyn Monroe may have once said ‘I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot’,…

16 May 2016

Warts and verrucas go away by themselves. Here is how to survive them

Being a family doctor is sometimes the least glamorous job in the world, dealing with the unpleasant, mundane and sometimes…

6 May 2016

Ronnie Corbett’s cruel fate: a monstrous illness that defies modern medicine

In the absence of an invitation to appear on Desert Island Discs I sometimes find myself playing a rather macabre,…

4 Apr 2016

Healthcare is about to undergo a revolution. Here’s what will change

Not everyone may have noticed, but we are living in a period of revolution — and it eclipses the industrial…

16 Mar 2016
The unsightly weals, or hives, of chronic spontaneous urticaria

The untold suffering of coming out in hives

Too little attention is paid to the distressing skin condition chronic spontaneous urticaria

18 Feb 2016

Message to Jeremy Hunt: worried parents need doctors, not search engines

However you look at it, Jeremy Hunt is not popular with doctors at the moment, which is perhaps an understatement…

17 Feb 2016

Healthier ways to fly

Long-haul can take a toll on us all. But there are things you can do

22 Oct 2015
Are your tests up to date? New techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound are twice as readily available in France

Our lung cancer shame

General elections come and go — and pub bores bray about it not mattering who you vote for because the…

9 May 2015

The cure for the common cold…

It’s that time of year — the weather gets cold, the heating gets turned up and my waiting room fills…

21 Feb 2015
Best lay off the herring and yeast extract, dear. Picture: Getty Images

You don’t need to be posh to get gout…

Diagnosing gout in a patient this week — much to his disgust — I was tempted to remind him that…

22 Nov 2014

Should I be worried, Doc?

I have a cartoon on my office wall at home that I look at every day when I am writing.…

27 Sep 2014