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Lord Warner resigns the Labour whip

19 October 2015 22:05

Lord Warner has resigned the Labour whip in protest at the direction in which Jeremy Corbyn is taking the party,…


Ignorance is bliss. But when it comes to your health, is it also a right?

28 August 2015 17:42

Tell kids the Tooth Fairy is fake, and their lips are sure to tremble. Reveal the list of their birthday…

Middle class people are not the most at risk from alcohol-related harm, despite drinking more

The myth of the ‘middle class drink epidemic’

24 July 2015 11:48

With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that…

Prime Minister Gives Keynote Speech On The NHS

The government has found new momentum for NHS reform

15 June 2015 8:00

The PM’s first policy speech in this Parliament was devoted to the NHS and marked a big shift in tone…

Jon Snow's tampfie

It's just a tampon, and it doesn't belong on Twitter

9 June 2015 14:05

Forget the selfie or the belfie; the latest craze to hit the internet is the ‘tampfie’. Twitter users are raiding their…


Labour leadership contenders make their case at health questions

2 June 2015 13:15

The odd thing about the Labour leadership contest is that while it runs, two of the most different candidates, Liz…


A sugar tax is simply a tax on the poor

22 May 2015 16:41

Why is it that whenever anyone proposes a tax on the wealthy all hell breaks loose, but when someone proposes…

Daily Politics health debate

Andy Burnham still can’t answer questions on Mid Staffs

29 April 2015 16:02

Today’s health election debate on the BBC just now was one of the feistiest we have seen in this campaign.…


Jeremy Hunt stole my health tourism policy

21 April 2015 18:53

Last week, the Department of Health announced that patients would have to produce their passport when registering for their first hospital…

House of Commons report

Exclusive: the NHS report that Labour tried to block

11 March 2015 18:12

It emerged this morning that Labour MPs took the extraordinary step of blocking the publication of the Health Select Committee…


Most doctors seem to time-travel to the 1800s when it comes to nutrition

27 February 2015 18:02

For over 30 years, dietary fat has been seen as a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. This…

Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Labour unsure about health policy its own councils support

25 February 2015 20:25

The announcement today that Greater Manchester will receive full control of health spending – worth £6bn – has left Labour…


A century on, Scotland still has a drink problem

11 February 2015 15:27

The tragedy of the Rab C Nesbitt caricature is that there is a lot of truth in it – Scots…


Bad news for the lazy – jogging isn’t actually bad for you

6 February 2015 9:54

There’s nothing the health editors of the nation love more than a counter-intuitive story. We’ve been over the red-wine-is-good-for-you, chocolate-is-good-for-you…

The era of GM babies has begun

Even Lord Winston has seemed confused about mitochondrial transfer

4 February 2015 17:01

One expert who sounded off to great effect in the run-up to yesterday’s vote on three parent babies was Robert…


Is your smartphone making you fat?

23 January 2015 15:46

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

Tobacco-Free Electronic Cigarettes To Be Licensed As A Medicine

Finally! A health story about cancer that doesn’t resort to hyperbole

22 January 2015 17:36

The lot of the snarky health-science debunker is not a happy one. It involves going to a lot of newspaper…


Nine ways to stop your child getting fat

16 January 2015 10:17

About a third of children in the UK are overweight, increasing their risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart…


Obesity a disability? Only lawyers will benefit from the ECJ’s farcical classification

15 January 2015 10:59

Real disability is humbling for those who have to live with it and those who care for the disabled. A…


When the NHS is treated like a religion, is it any wonder whistleblowers are considered pariahs?

9 January 2015 12:21

I will start by publicly apologising to Professor Meirion Thomas; in a moment of folly, I erroneously signed a petition…

8 reasons why dry January could be bad for your health

9 January 2015 10:41

Have you renounced alcohol for the first month of the year after a festive binge? Maybe you’re doing it for…

red wine chocolate

How not to be taken for a mug by misleading health stories this New Year

31 December 2014 16:25

The Christmas/New Year period is always fun for health balls. Because we like drinking lots of wine and eating lots…

Mark Reckless (‘Boo!!’) asks his question at PMQs

PMQs sketch: In sickness and in health

26 November 2014 17:25

Health, health, health. Viewers of PMQs must be sick of it by now. Health this, health that. Health, health. On…


Rest in peace: seven ways to stop snoring this Christmas

17 November 2014 15:50

Did you know that snoring was bad for your heart? It’s thought to cause changes in the carotid artery and…


How does naturopathy work? A bit like a flying vacuum-cleaner to Mars

10 November 2014 9:25

Every so often you read a piece about alternative medicine that asks: how does it work? How does homeopathy work,…