Health

Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of…

20 Oct 2014

Sod the diet and lose weight anyway – here’s how

Who enjoys all that calorie counting? If you hate diets but love the idea of losing a bit of weight,…

20 Oct 2014

Winter is coming – the other terror stalking Iraqi Kurds

The heroic Kurdish resistance in Kobane rightly commands headlines. A larger disaster, however, looms in Iraqi Kurdistan where – absent…

19 Oct 2014

Keep calm and address Ebola: a brief history of pandemics at The Spectator

Ebola clinics in many parts of West Africa are full, so more and more people are being told to stay…

18 Oct 2014

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck…

18 Oct 2014

Meet the bloated, useless General Medical Council

There was a time, not long ago, when British GPs provided the best home doctor service in the world. Patients…

17 Oct 2014

How to fix the NHS: a doctor’s prescription

I’m a doctor, and I don’t care about the NHS. In this country, that’s an almost heretical statement — but…

17 Oct 2014

The limits of ‘superfood’ – debunking broccoli

Over in my day job, I recently wrote a piece about ‘superfoods’ and the myths that a particular kind of…

17 Oct 2014

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