Wellbeing

Ritalin is a fun drug. That’s why it’s crazy to be handing it out to millions of kids

The weekend brought yet another warning by an American website about Ritalin. Addiction.org wants people to know about the dangers of…

16 Mar 2015

Dementia is ‘an opportunity’, according to Michael Gove. What a brave thing to say

Michael Gove said something startling about dementia in a speech last night launching an initiative called ‘The Good Right’ at…

13 Mar 2015

Jon Snow’s right: skunk is dangerous, but it’s impossible to buy anything else

Channel 4 is due to air its pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them).…

26 Feb 2015

As a doctor, I’d rather have HIV than diabetes

‘There is now a deadly virus, which anyone can catch from sex with an infected person. If we’re not careful,…

25 Feb 2015

The crisis of masculinity won’t be solved with antidepressants

There was much discussion recently about the rise in male suicide rates, after official figures published last week showed they…

23 Feb 2015
Vidago Palace, Portugal

Spring awakening

Although spas have been around for centuries, they soared in popularity towards the end of the Victorian era, when it…

21 Feb 2015
Communal fun and games: a grandmothers’ outing sets off from the East End, 1933

Home shopping

Speed dating on morphine probably isn’t the best way to choose a long-term partner. But it’s a bleak necessity for…

21 Feb 2015

An expert’s guide to eating disorders

  What are eating disorders?   Eating disorders are characterised by abnormal attitudes towards food that lead to a change…

21 Feb 2015

Curing hypochondria

These days it’s difficult not to be ill. In fact, it’s impossible to be well. Few of us do not…

21 Feb 2015

An eye for a book

It’s quite hard, growing up as a bookwormy kid. It’s rock and a hard place, Scylla and Charybdis (bookwormy, see?).…

21 Feb 2015

Alternative activities

  ‘Who can tell … What the Hell … Women want?’   So runs the men’s chorus from Act Two of…

Ordinary pain

Treatment for lower back pain is undergoing a sea change. Why? Well, mainly because it has to: according to a…

21 Feb 2015

Teenage fathers and mental health: a true story unfairly reported

There’s a difference between something being true, and something being fair, as I’m sure you realise. I’m going to look…

20 Feb 2015

Policymakers must address high male suicide rates

It’s pretty tough to find good news in suicide statistics, but today’s figures for 2013 are particularly grim reading. The number…

19 Feb 2015

A true feminist will defend the unborn girls being aborted in the UK because of their sex

Question: Is abortion on gender grounds illegal in the UK? Answer: yes and no and maybe – depends who you…

17 Feb 2015

Hyperbole about the dangers of ‘skunk’ won’t help those at risk – but a change in the law might

Can I write an entire blog post about one sentence? I’d certainly like to. The sentence in question is ‘The…

16 Feb 2015

The moral argument for three-person babies

If all goes according to plan, the first baby with the DNA of three people will be British, and could…

7 Feb 2015

There’s an ethical debate to be had about ‘three-parent babies’ but nobody seems keen

There doesn’t seem much doubt about which way the Commons vote today on ‘three-parent babies’ will go, does there? A combination…

2 Feb 2015

Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol — and legalise other drugs

In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age,…

29 Jan 2015

Is your smartphone making you fat?

Matthew Parris is obsessed by an unsolicited app which landed on his smartphone and which, thanks to GPS tracking, is…

23 Jan 2015

Banished from Nod

My morning conversation with my partner routinely begins: ‘Did you sleep?’ In response, by phone, by text or at close…

22 Nov 2014

Yuletide perils

The jolly celebrations which we enjoy each mid-winter are derived from the Roman festival of Saturnalia — a time of…

Famous, successful, depressed: Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Robin Williams and Buzz Aldrin

Little boys blue

The death of Robin Williams highlighted the role depression, anxiety and severe illnesses (such as Parkinson’s in his case) can…

Look deeper

They help us navigate the world, see what’s around us and experience the joy that smiles bring. Our eyes are…

22 Nov 2014

Consultant Q&A

Q I have a real problem with floaters in my eyes. They appear to have got worse in recent years.…

Sight, space and liberty

‘My old chemistry master used to say, “You can’t buy eyes at Harrods any more, so look after yours,”’ says…

22 Nov 2014