Health

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

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