Health

Are childhood vaccination rates dropping?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Who speaks what The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, included a little Punjabi in his speech to the Tory conference. How many…

The reason middle-class parents are so anxious

10 August 2019 9:00 am

On that record-breaking, sweltering day at the end of July, my three-year-old son did a pirouette in the paddling pool…

Proton therapy: Cancer revolution or costly white elephant?

8 June 2019 8:00 am

The jury’s still out on proton therapy

My medical treatment is sending me bonkers – and it's no fun

1 June 2019 9:00 am

If I’ve been incredibly rude to you or snappy or tearful lately, if I’ve taken offence where none was intended,…

Listening to people talking about death can be strangely consoling

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Without death,’ says Salena Godden, ‘life would be a never-ending conveyor belt of sensation.’ For her death is what gives…

How does anyone manage to navigate the maze of our second-rate NHS?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Next month the National Health Service turns 70. The institution is greatly loved, and not for nothing. The fear of…

Farewell to a bottle and a half per day – I have finally embarked on a diet

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Are there still travelling fairs? In many villages, they used to be part of the annual round. For weeks, the…

I’d rather be fat-shamed than have cancer

24 March 2018 9:00 am

I’d rather be fat-shamed than have cancer

Nine reasons to be cheerful this year

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Since it’s the first week of the New Year I’m going to pretend the bad stuff isn’t happening and focus…

Dr Google’s verdict? Anthrax poisoning

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Six months into the renovations and I have so much dust in my lungs I have had to give Stefano…

A book about sleep that will keep you up all night

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I’ve read several books​ ​about​ ​sleep recently,​ ​and​ ​their​ ​authors​ ​all​ ​tell​ ​me​ ​the same​ ​three​ ​things.​ ​The​ ​first​ ​is​…

‘Cuts’ to blame for dementia? How Plato and Galen would have scoffed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Public health specialist Sir Michael Marmot has blamed ‘the cuts’ for the rise in dementia among the elderly, resulting in…

This dieting nonsense is hard to swallow

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Eat good fresh food and ignore health bloggers and nutrition gurus

Walt Whitman, aged 35, as he appeared in the first edition of Leaves of Grass

Is Walt Whitman’s health guide a hoax – written by Gwyneth Paltrow?

6 May 2017 9:00 am

In 1858, he seems to advocate a good night’s sleep, outdoor exercise, careful grooming - and clean cotton socks in summer

Will Ashon loses – and finds - himself in Epping Forest

6 May 2017 9:00 am

In his mid-forties Will Ashon realised he was adrift and confused, confronted by the situation Dante described in the Divine…

What will you do in the gene-editing revolution?

11 March 2017 9:00 am

The only time I ever saw a wolf in the wild, a small one, I was so frightened that I…

BT hung up on me for using the f-word. Why?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Did you know that if you use the f-word while talking to a BT representative, they hang up on you?…

If the NHS needs more money, why not collect from health tourists?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Hunt’s plan to tackle health tourism is just not working

Dear Mary: What can I do when a richer friend pleads poverty?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. I recently made an arrangement with a flaky friend from university to go to my gym together. Half an…

There is a dangerous new snobbery – but it’s not from Remainers

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Yet another kind of snob Sir: May I offer another definition of a ‘snob’ to the one described by Bryan…

The drug that my Asperger’s son loved turned his life upside down

7 January 2017 9:00 am

My son loved his new treatment – but it changed his life for the worse

The sexy new face of cigarette packaging

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Something for which to thank the government, at last. It is much, much more fun buying cigarettes these days. It…

Hippocrates would have hated doctors’ new approach

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Doctors are being urged not to tell patients what is best for them but to lay out the options and…

The men who made us fat

5 November 2016 9:00 am

‘Look at them, they’re all fat,’ he said. I’d slowed the car to allow four children to cross the zebra…

That ‘fertility cliff’? It may be more of a gentle slope

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Let’s talk about time. The slow killer, the destroyer of all hope, the pitiless blank-eyed enemy who, with each passing…