Health

I thought I had contracted Ebola. Life doesn’t get much scarier than that

Juba After an all-night rainstorm in Juba I woke to see the mosquito that bit me in the dark. Now,…

30 Jul 2014

Paracetamol might not ease back pain – but doctors should prescribe it anyway

Upon seeing the headline ‘Paracetamol does not help lower back pain’, I found myself emitting a small (well – actually…

28 Jul 2014

Dieting, Hong Kong style

Three weeks in to my six week stint as an English teacher in Hong Kong, I’ve been struck by how…

28 Jul 2014

Stopping the obesity juggernaut will be a real legacy for our children

Rather ironically, the best analogy I can summon to describe my appointment and role with Policy Exchange as senior research…

23 Jul 2014

Jeremy Hunt opens the attack on the Working Time Directive

For years, Secretaries of State for Health have studiously ignored one of the most corrosive regulations to the NHS: the…

23 Jul 2014

Your finger nails could hold the answer to your health problems

Eighteen hundred years ago, Romano-Britons with a variety of medical conditions would have visited the healing temple at Lydney Park…

21 Jul 2014

Stephen Dorrell: The NHS still has plenty to learn

If anyone thought Stephen Dorrell would take a break from talking about health after standing down as chairman of the…

21 Jul 2014

How to beat Alzheimer’s

British scientists have identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict, with 87 per cent accuracy, the start of dementia.…

16 Jul 2014

Why lobbying against sugar misses the point

Everybody knows that obesity is a massive problem. According to the World Health Organisation, it is now linked to more…

15 Jul 2014

Let’s call time on the unpleasant ritual of vaginal examinations

An internal examination is an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience for many women. The process involves a doctor inserting two gloved…

9 Jul 2014

The problem with the NHS? The soft bigotry of low expectations.

In many ways I’ve endured enjoyed a very fortunate life. Not least because, perhaps unusually, I’ve had almost no dealings…

9 Jul 2014

David Cameron gets serious about antibiotics — too little too late?

David Cameron has announced a review into why so few antimicrobials have been introduced over recent years. This seems to…

2 Jul 2014

The miracle supplement? Vitamin D helps you live longer — so take it

The traditional view of Vitamin D is that it is essential for bone health. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to…

30 Jun 2014

The big fat lie about cholesterol

In his latest Spectator column, James Delingpole looks at a gigantic scare that lasts for decades because the experts are too…

26 Jun 2014

The Aspirin dilemma: should you stop taking it?

You may be feeling confused following recent press reports that Aspirin is no longer recommended as stroke prevention. Those who…

24 Jun 2014

H.Pylori is the deadliest thing you’ve never heard of — here’s why you should be screened for it

Most people won’t know about Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori), a common bacterial infection of the lining of the stomach. Yet it…

23 Jun 2014

Experts cast doubt on statins – you read it first in Spectator Health

Statins are in the news – again. A few weeks ago, reports appeared across the media suggesting that statins truly…

11 Jun 2014

Editor’s letter

Welcome to the first edition of Spectator Health, our new quarterly supplement designed especially for people who might never normally…

31 May 2014
Power lines have been cleared by Oxford researchers

Check up

Environment No leukaemia link to power lines There is no increased risk of contracting leukaemia for children who live beneath…

31 May 2014

This is madness

Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recently drew attention to the financial difficulties faced by the…

31 May 2014

A law to cure cancer

All cancer deaths are wasted lives. The deceased do not advance scientific knowledge one iota. Yet as matters stand, those…

31 May 2014
Friend or foe? Middle-aged women are confronted by a bewildering array of medication and advice

HRT: The debate goes on

Since as early as the 1940s, women of a certain age have had the option of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)…

31 May 2014

The doctor will Skype you now

The average European visits their doctor six times a year. Each consultation lasts around ten minutes; add to that waiting…

31 May 2014

Joint ventures

Having bad arthritis is miserable, and it affects every part of people’s lives. As an orthopaedic surgeon, I sit in…

31 May 2014
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Keep your hair on

There is, in the pursuit of hirsuteness, a bewilderingly long menu of treatments, with results that range from the near…

31 May 2014
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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…

31 May 2014