Health

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

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