Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column.
Even after an eating disorder is a thing of the past, an action as trivial as flipping through a rack of t-shirts can be difficult.
Or, how I ended up plucking the seeds off a strawberry at six in the morning.
One of the biggest lies about obesity is that it’s simply about eating too much and not doing enough exercise – problems are often far deeper rooted.
Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column.
Drug trials rarely tell the whole story as many drugs have side effects that emerge only after deployment in the population at large. Yet unexpected effects can sometimes be surprisingly good.
The 16 August attack on an ebola clinic in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, is a sign of just how deeply western medicine is mistrusted.
Parents receiving a pre-natal diagnosis of Down’s syndrome are faced with an awful dilemma and need our care and support. They do not need pseudo-morality and outdated stereotypes.
One of the most unfortunate consequences of this constant revising of recommendations is the belief that no one knows what a good diet is. But look at the bigger picture and the consensus holds steady over time.
Greater understanding of the genetic causes of illness suggests that this method of categorisation might not be the most accurate.
In light of the news that new cancer medications won’t be made available to NHS patients, it’s worth exploring the difficulties of drug commissioning.
It is clear that the NHS and the rise of scientific medicine in the west count among the greatest achievements of the postwar years. But can doctors really be the providers of all our goods?
The “matchbox sign” describes the tendency of a particular sort of patient to bring spurious evidence in a small container to show the doctor.
When it comes to public health, we're often afraid of the wrong things - and this can have truly nasty side-effects.
Mentally ill patients forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment, forcible sectioning in order to get beds and medical students begging for greater teaching on psychiatry: we're not getting it right
The former home secretary on trouble in A&E – plus the triumph of all-women shortlists and the joys of summer caravanning.
Between 10 and 30 per cent of British university students have taken pills such as Modafinil and Ritalin to improve their memory and heighten their concentration.
The government has made progress on the urgent crisis of antimicrobial resistance, but sustained public pressure is still needed, says Zac Goldsmith.
Cervical smear tests aren’t just stressful for rape survivors – they can trigger powerful flashbacks and violent memories. But avoiding a test can mean preserving your mental health at the risk of your physical well-being.
The Supreme Court has found a solution that is good for women and good for religious liberty.
Cancer very often presents in ways we don’t expect. Creating a culture of fear around diagnosis isn’t a good thing.
Sometimes, just going to greet a patient can make all the difference.
When David Stuart MacLean woke up in India with amnesia he assumed he was an addict who had overdosed. In fact, the only chemical he’d been taking was the prescribed antimalarial drug Lariam.
It is estimated that only a third of men with erectile dysfunction seek treatment. This is what happens if you do.
Worldwide, diabetes kills almost as many people a year as HIV/Aids, and the number of cases of Type 2 diabetes is set to increase by 50 per cent in the next decade. Why is so little being done to contain the epidemic?
Money determines which procedures and treatments are carried out. I tend to discourage clients from spending ridiculous sums on their animals.
After the death of his wife following a minor operation, airline pilot Martin Bromiley set out to change the way medicine is practised in the UK – by using his knowledge of plane crashes.
Over the past few decades the ideal female body, as depicted in adverts and on film and TV, has got thinner and thinner, yet the average woman has got fatter and fatter.
A swift death and antimacassars that turned into faceless people meant that Aubrey and Brenda never got to take the holiday they craved.
In his Health Matters column, Dr Phil Whitaker discusses how the Royal College of GPs came under attack for possible discrimination.