Health

Five ways to fight the flu – or why you should curl up with hot fruit cordial

No one likes getting the flu and for some people, in particular the sick and elderly, the virus can prove…

16 Oct 2014

The horrid, helpful egg-freezing scheme at Facebook and Apple

Was the chief operating officer of Facebook, one Sheryl Sandberg, involved, do you reckon, in the company’s exciting invitation to…

16 Oct 2014

Stop ‘Stoptober’: seven health benefits associated with smoking

James Delingpole’s latest Spectator column laments the pernicious portmanteau afflicting this fine month: Stoptober. Geddit? That’s ‘-ober’, as in the second half…

15 Oct 2014

Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new,…

13 Oct 2014

Uterine transplantation is the final gynaecological frontier

The successful transplantation of a uterus represents the last major surgical goal in the field of reproductive gynaecology. This feat…

10 Oct 2014

There is more to lung-cancer diagnosis than a chest X-ray

Chest x-rays have been around for 100 years and are still widely used in health care. According to the government’s…

10 Oct 2014

Winter is coming: do you really need a flu jab?

Winter is coming. You can tell because the days are drawing in, the light has that autumnal greyness, and the…

9 Oct 2014

Seven foods that will help lower high blood pressure

Consuming certain foods and drinks may help reduce one of the main risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Who…

9 Oct 2014

Ten reasons to give up smoking

Earlier this year a research study revealed that people were more likely to quit smoking when confronted with the reasons…

8 Oct 2014

To statin or not to statin: a new test could help decide

In the context of the ongoing and increasingly sterile debate about the pros and cons of statins to lower cholesterol,…

7 Oct 2014

Lib Dems to announce mental health policy ‘red line’

The Lib Dems haven’t really announced many enormous policies so far at their party conference. Yesterday’s speech from Vince Cable…

7 Oct 2014

The Pulse: Could red wine solve the world’s problems? Probably not…

The Pulse is the Spectator’s answer to media nonsense about health. Tom Chivers looks past the headlines and all the…

6 Oct 2014

Has Cameron actually considered the realities of his seven-day GP access scheme?

David Cameron’s seven-day opening scheme for GPs sounds like an excellent idea for patients, but I’m not convinced it is.…

30 Sep 2014

If David Cameron wants seven-day GP clinics, he’ll need market reform

Today, David Cameron will pledge that if he’s re-elected he’ll give everyone access to a family doctor seven days a…

30 Sep 2014

How to sleep better: 5 tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Most people have trouble sleeping at one time or another; for some it’s a chronic problem. But making sure the…

29 Sep 2014

Diagnosis: Scandal

Seen your doctor recently? You may have been asked about your memory. This would be quite usual if you had…

27 Sep 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

Stepping out

I seem to have developed a propensity for falling over. Sometimes it is dramatic, as it was on stage the…

27 Sep 2014

Not waving but choking

If anyone ever dares you to take part in an eating competition, I’d recommend you spit in their eye. Because…

27 Sep 2014

Love your lungs

The lungs breathe life into the body. Every breath you take, as the Police sang, draws air into the lungs.…

27 Sep 2014

Q&A

Q Why are there different types of inhalers? What do they do and does it really matter which one I keep…

27 Sep 2014

How to choose a therapist

It’s not always easy assessing the various merits of umpteen therapists, cross-referencing qualifications, experience and specialities, while also, at the…

27 Sep 2014

Breathing bad

‘COPD is the third biggest cause of death worldwide,’ says Dr Nick Hopkinson, medical adviser to the British Lung Foundation…

27 Sep 2014

Editor’s letter

Welcome to the second edition of Spectator Health. We had some great feedback from our readers after the first issue…

27 Sep 2014
Pride and pain: first world war veterans march to Buckingham Palace in 1964, on the 50th anniversary of the conflict

Check up

Drink danger on civvy street With the recent 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war, an apposite…

27 Sep 2014

The vitamins your doctor takes

Whether you think supplementing your diet by taking additional vitamins, minerals and super-nutrients is common sense or money flushed away,…

27 Sep 2014