Wellbeing

Call them crazy – the foolhardy new incentives for dementia diagnoses

Remember this time last year, when Jeremy Hunt decried the ‘national shame’ of neglected old people suffering from undiagnosed dementia?…

22 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mind games

Addressing an audience at the Second Half of Your Life Centre recently, I described myself as a 67-year-old (77 if…

31 May 2014

Use your brain

A while ago I was listening to the Today programme, as we’re all obliged to do. A neuroscientist was on…

31 May 2014
Shingles is a reactivation of varicella, the chicken pox virus

A very good jab too

To very little fanfare, a new vaccination programme was launched by the NHS last year, bringing Britain up to speed…

31 May 2014