Health

Build your memory muscles

We’ve all been there. You walk into the kitchen, and as you cross the threshold you’re suddenly at a loss…

27 Sep 2014

For your genes only

It all started 30 years ago, deep in the Wasatch Mountains, a 40-minute drive along narrow, winding roads from Salt…

27 Sep 2014

The aspirin headache

For millions of people, a low dose of aspirin has become a morning routine along with brushing their teeth and…

27 Sep 2014

Back in the saddle

Time was when people routinely stayed for decades in marriages that were devoid of fun or frolics. How very different…

When death is a side effect

  ‘Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?’ ‘To the curious incident of…

27 Sep 2014

The white death

White poison; pure, white and deadly; the silent killer. These are just some of the phrases that have been used…

27 Sep 2014

Well spotted

Continuing our series of undercover reports from the world’s best health spas, our reviewer hopped on a plane to stay…

27 Sep 2014

The Wonga diets

Imagine that you have a 21-year-old nephew or godson who has a problem managing his finances. In addition to a…

27 Sep 2014

Why warming up won’t stop the pain

As you get older, you may notice that everything takes a little longer to get better. If you have a…

27 Sep 2014

It’s up to each woman to decide whether the pill’s benefits are worth the risks

According to a new paper published in the journal Cancer Research women taking combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP) have a…

24 Sep 2014

Stop blaming doctors for antibiotic abuse

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest report into antibiotic resistance we are facing a ‘problem so serious that it…

22 Sep 2014

Nine natural ways to keep your teeth white

Smile! There are ways you can help your teeth to remain dazzling and healthy without paying to have them whitened:…

21 Sep 2014

‘Unhealthy’ foods that are surprisingly healthy

Thank you, oh thank you, dear scientists, for rehabilitating these dietary dangers: Chocolate Previously dismissed as full of sugar and…

17 Sep 2014

Calling doctors fat won’t make anyone thinner

Obesity. Everyone’s talking about it. It’s bad. Gives you diabetes, heart disease, and it makes you fat. And if you’re a…

8 Sep 2014

Ten healthy reasons to drink a cup of tea

Drinking tea might stop you having a stroke. A meta-analysis of nine studies revealed that people who drank three or…

8 Sep 2014

Seven ways to protect your ears

Did you know that ten million people in the UK have some hearing loss? In fact, long-term exposure to sounds…

3 Sep 2014

And the best private hospital for food is… 

News today that the government is going to try to improve NHS food with that old New Labour favourite, the…

29 Aug 2014

Why the World Health Organisation’s fears about e-cigarettes are based on prejudice, not science

This is an extract from this week’s Spectator, available from Thursday. To subscribe, click here. I was waiting on an…

26 Aug 2014

China’s public health crisis

During a recent visit to China I knew I was being watched. My family were also frequently photographed and videoed.…

25 Aug 2014

How self-testing can help beat cervical cancer

Self-testing is now available to any individual wishing to rule out conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy and bowel cancer. Traditionally, however,…

21 Aug 2014

It’s time we accepted that depression is a terminal illness

For Robin Williams, depression was a terminal illness. He also, his wife has revealed, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. These two…

15 Aug 2014

Ten foods to tackle diabetes

Diabetes is spreading to epic proportions in the UK. It affects 3.2 million people, a figure which has doubled since…

7 Aug 2014

Does pre-diabetes really exist?

Pre-diabetes is an artificial category with virtually zero clinical relevance,’ said an American professor in the Times. A friend of mine…

7 Aug 2014

The NHS’s sympathy deficit

Sometimes I have a quiet time as a voluntary hospital visitor. But recently I’ve witnessed a lot of distress from…

1 Aug 2014

The insidious re-normalisation of smoking

The NHS has long since been smoke free, banning smoking on-site for patients and staff alike back when I was…

31 Jul 2014

Time for a new, patient-driven approach to cancer screening?

No screening test for cancer is 100 per cent accurate. While some individuals might benefit from having an early cancer…

30 Jul 2014