Health

Ditch the gym. The key to fitness is boxing

A well-trained boxer is the most thoroughly conditioned human in the sporting world: there is no other sport that demands…

20 Apr 2015

Like all the best spiritual leaders, this diet theologian will leave you trembling

Eat. Nourish. Glow., the healthy eating book currently number one in at least three Amazon categories, came to my attention…

16 Apr 2015

The fat debate – Julie Burchill vs Katie Hopkins

In this week’s issue, Julie Burchill explains why she is not dieting. Ever. As Kingsley Amis said, no pleasure is worth…

16 Apr 2015

Lawyers, journalists, chefs, bankers, doctors – the robots are coming for your jobs next

At the Hannover Messe robotics fair in Germany yesterday, UK company Mobey Robotics launched the world’s first robot chef, capable…

15 Apr 2015

Apple and IBM may just have changed the future of personalised medicine

As the FT reports, Apple and IBM have got into bed together. The deal they’ve struck has major implications for…

I know I shouldn’t ask this, but is cocaine really that addictive?

Cocaine addiction is a dreadful thing. I’ve seen it so many times: bright, once-pretty people with washed-out grey faces who…

9 Apr 2015

Trans activists are effectively experimenting on children. Could there be anything more cruel?

Can you think of anything more cruel than telling a five-year-old boy who likes Lady Gaga that he might have…

8 Apr 2015

How a weird medieval recipe is fighting superbugs

Medieval medicine doesn’t have a great reputation, it’s fair to say. But one of its recipes may help us tackle…

7 Apr 2015

Being a bit fat can be healthy. But the medical profession doesn’t want us to know

A GP called Malcolm Kendrick has written a book about politically correct manipulation of medical data – and has cropped up…

7 Apr 2015

We don’t think of highly gifted people as mentally disabled. Perhaps we should

I’m intrigued by this recent study suggesting that intellectual gifts and learning disabilities, far from lying on opposite ends of a…

4 Apr 2015

Low income damages children’s brains, says study. If so, that’s a tragedy

The link between wealth and attainment is a subject that’s close to my heart, or perhaps more accurately my cerebral…

Another scare story about e-cigarettes. What we should be worrying about is sugar

‘E-Cigs Time Bomb’, shrieks the front page of today’s Daily Mirror. Vaping gets kids hooked on nicotine, experts fear. Experts do…

31 Mar 2015

How a tetanus shot could help treat a deadly brain cancer

The history of cancer research is one of inevitable hype and dashed hope. Though most people have been primed to…

30 Mar 2015

Muslims, Jews and Christians use identical twins to ‘prove’ homosexuality isn’t genetic

The subject of identical twins has been on my mind ever since I read a magnificently creepy thriller called Ice…

28 Mar 2015

America declares war on e-cigarettes. But it’s an ideological battle, not a medical one

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a wildly expensive campaign against e-cigarettes because… well, I can’t really…

27 Mar 2015

Processed food is dangerous. It’s time for radical action that libertarians will hate

Two very different but valuable crops are grown in Central and South America. After hours of toil, each is carefully…

26 Mar 2015

How new technology is spreading superbugs

Normally I’m allergic to health scaremongering of any sort, especially if it uses government-funded studies to bolster its dire predictions. But…

23 Mar 2015

Hangover? Try chewing on a deep-fried canary

For hardened drinkers, looking for the perfect hangover cure is like the search for the fountain of youth. To drink…

18 Mar 2015

Solved at last: the mystery of David Cameron’s generous waistline

Why is the Prime Minister inviting everyone into his kitchen, asks Isabel Hardman. Good question. Doesn’t he realise that for…

18 Mar 2015

Ritalin is a fun drug. That’s why it’s crazy to be handing it out to millions of kids

The weekend brought yet another warning by an American website about Ritalin. Addiction.org wants people to know about the dangers of…

16 Mar 2015

Dementia is ‘an opportunity’, according to Michael Gove. What a brave thing to say

Michael Gove said something startling about dementia in a speech last night launching an initiative called ‘The Good Right’ at…

13 Mar 2015

Plain cigarette packs will help Isis, says Tory MP. Somebody buy this man a tin-foil hat

A Tory MP called Brian Binley has written an article suggesting that plain cigarette packs – which the House of Commons…

12 Mar 2015

The Apple Watch could have been a proper health-monitoring device. But the FDA won’t allow it

Apple’s new smart watch, unveiled by Tim Cook yesterday, had incredible potential. But its functionality has been hindered by technical…

This idiotic NHS ‘calculator’ can’t predict heart attacks. But it might well give you one

I can understand why the Tories have ring-fenced the NHS, but if they do want to indulge in a little trimming I…

9 Mar 2015

Most doctors seem to time-travel to the 1800s when it comes to nutrition

For over 30 years, dietary fat has been seen as a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. This…

27 Feb 2015

Jon Snow’s right: skunk is dangerous, but it’s impossible to buy anything else

Channel 4 is due to air its pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them).…

26 Feb 2015