The trans pride flag. All photos author's own.
Trans pride is great but it's not enough to camouflage discrimination
By Helen Thomas - 31 July 10:25

Transgender people in Britain are still some of the most marginalised in society, which is why we need trans pride now more than ever.

Mildly unpleasant things about office work for most people (like staying late or getting up early) can feel like insurmountable hurdles to those with mental health issues. Photo: Getty
How do you deal with mental health problems in the workplace?
By Harriet Williamson - 31 July 9:05

Harriet Williamson talks to people grappling with mental health and employment issues, and discovers an appetite to end shame and stigma.

There is a huge deficit of toilet provision for women. Photo: Getty
The politics of sanitation: why we urgently need more public toilets
By Beatrix Campbell - 28 July 11:31

Elderly people, disabled people, people with carers, women and children all have their lives limited by the UK’s lack of public toilets. We need to talk about this unseen sanitation crisis.

Pain management is always fraught. Photo: Getty
Jill thought she knew best for her father so she kept the morphine coming
By Phil Whitaker - 23 July 11:53

Whatever her motivations – and whether she had even been aware of them – she had been hastening his demise.

People inside a model of an intestine in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Getty
Intelligent stomachs: what if your gut could remember what you had eaten?
By Michael Brooks - 23 July 11:44

Welcome to the world of synthetic biology.

"Is there a doctor on board?" Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
Thirty thousand feet up in the sky I heard the words no doctor wants to hear
By Phil Whitaker - 09 July 9:54

By the time the ambulance finally drove off, the entire flight crew had disappeared.

The human heart. Photo: K Sandberg via Flickr.
Blowing in the wind? The mystery of Kawasaki disease
By Jeremy Hsu - 01 July 10:09

Kawasaki disease is one of the leading causes of heart disease among children - but, with a lack of definitive diagnosis or any known cause, it's been puzzling doctors for 150 years. 

Australia Celebrates Baby Boom: A pregnant woman holds her stomach June 7, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty Images.
What's wrong with older mothers? Nothing. Time to dispel the "fertility cliff" myth
By Tosin Thompson - 29 June 17:16

We read between the lines of newspapers' scare stories about infertility and "late" pregnancy to find the science doesn't back them up at all.

The alphabet of months: a year of living with multiple sclerosis
By Christian Donlan - 25 June 10:29

My daughter took her first steps on the day I was diagnosed – a juxtaposition so perfect, so trite, so filled with the tacky artifice of real life that I am generally too ashamed to tell anyone about it.

A flood in the graveyard at Moorland in the Somerset Levels. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
In small communities beyond our cities, the undertaker is always a jack of all trades
By Phil Whitaker - 24 June 10:07

Cremation is our most popular mode of dealing with mortal remains: around three-quarters of British funerals are now held at crematoriums, a sea change from sixty years ago, when burial was the default option.

South Koreans wear masks to protest against Mers. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
As Mers hits the headlines, we have to ask: is this a golden age for pathogens?
By Michael Brooks - 18 June 12:45

It’s not just people who are at risk from the 21st-century way of life. Plants are suffering, too.

"Fortunately, his fear that it had originated one night after a Kylie concert prompted him to seek medical advice". Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Qantas
Kylie, the mystery rash and the medieval treatment that keeps it at bay
By Phil Whitaker - 11 June 8:24

Haemochromatosis is the commonest single gene disorder in northern Europe: roughly one in 200 Caucasian people is genetically susceptible.

Surgeons, like these ones in theatre, have made the most progress towards informed consent. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
How one tragic case changed the laws about medical consent for all of us
By Phil Whitaker - 28 May 13:52

Doctors have become more patient-centred throughout my decades of practice, but there is still a long way to go.

A doctor in scrubs walks through an NHS hospital. Photo: Getty
Health anxiety – the silent epidemic ignored by the NHS
By Peter Tyrer - 27 May 15:33

A doctor gives his perspective on our most overlooked widespread medical condition: anxiety about our health.

A doctor's surgery. Photo: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/GettyImages
Complaints from patients are on the rise. It’s a shock when you get one yourself
By Phil Whitaker - 15 May 15:11

How it feels for a doctor to receive a complaint from a patient.

A dose of a vaccine for whooping cough. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
The 100-day cough is back in town – and we still don’t know how to cure it
By Phil Whitaker - 30 April 12:00

After dying down over the past fifteen years, whooping cough is showing up in infants again.

A baby boy is held by a midwife after being born in an NHS maternity unit in Manchester. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty
The battle for better maternity care shows the limits of the Amazon warehouse approach to medicine
By Helen Lewis - 27 April 12:23

The issues around maternity care are a microcosm of the bigger battles in the NHS – centralisation, protocols and “efficiency savings” v making a space for common sense, professional judgement and personal relationships.

Hampstead Heath. Photo: Dan Kitwood
Episode two of my sitcom “The Royal Lezard Hospital” – and things aren’t looking quite so funny
By Nicholas Lezard - 23 April 10:40

What kind of person, I wonder, steals a bottle of perfume from an incapacitated elderly lady?

How can a memoir convey the damage done by eating disorders, without passing it on?
By Glosswitch - 31 March 9:06

Nancy Tucker’s eating disorder memoir, The Time In Between, tackles this problem head-on.

Containers with donated milk at the human milk bank in Lima, Peru. Photo: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images
Why you shouldn’t sell breast milk
By Glosswitch - 27 March 11:55

In many ways we have come full circle, returning to a time when women were seen not as human beings, but as objects available for sale or exchange. Only now we call it choice.

Edvard Munch's The Scream - a handy pose for your Mail reaction moments. Photo: Sotheby's
Shock news: contra to the headlines, people with depression have jobs
By Stephanie Boland - 27 March 10:16

With 1 in 4 people in Britain suffering a mental illness in any given year, it's obvious many of them hold down jobs and responsibilities. So why are the headlines today so insensitive and unhelpful?

Mind games: a research volunteer is prepared for scanning
Mapping the psychedelic brain: how LSD is making a comeback
By Ian Steadman - 25 March 9:14

Can drugs help depression? Crowdfunding allows science researchers to bypass institutional reservations and study taboo subjects.

From moral guidance to national security: vitamins have always been used to sell food
By Catherine Price - 19 March 14:54

Often beyond the realms of common sense, vitamins have become the most effective sales tool in food marketing.

A patient in bed touches their stomach. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Researchers have a gut feeling - could chronic pain be caused by bacteria?
By Michael Brooks - 19 March 12:07

This month, researchers are gathering in Cambridge to try and work out why we hurt. Michael Brooks weighs up one suggestion.

Beer being served in a pub. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Graham didn’t know what had hit him – he was fine when he left the pub
By Phil Whitaker - 19 March 11:50

In this week's Health Matters, a man finds he has been hurt on the way home - and Phil Whitaker suggests sometimes the best thing to do is move on.

By 2025, a million of us will have dementia – the next generation must face the future
By Ross Davies - 17 March 12:37

How will we create the UK's first dementia-friendly generation, and why do we need to?

Smoking. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Doom-laden ads put healthy people in a panic – but some need to worry a bit more
By Phil Whitaker - 05 March 10:02

It's hard to draw the line between inciting fear, and giving a fair warning - as Colin and Mary's story proves.

Illustration by Ikon.
How Labour broke the NHS – and why Labour must fix it
By Phil Whitaker - 05 March 9:43

Successive attempts by Labour and the Tories to update the service have done more bad than good. It's time to put the NHS in intensive care.

Scientists undertake Gamma Knife surgery, one treatment for ocular melanoma. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images
Spare a thought for “orphan” drugs: the rare disease medicines that prove health is a numbers game
By Michael Brooks - 05 March 9:09

Oliver Sacks wrote of his imminent death with remarkable dignity, knowing science cannot help him. But what about the cases where it might?

A police line armed with tazers in New York. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
The NYPD blues: From Eric Garner to broken windows, activist Josmar Trujillo says enough
By Rob Crilly - 04 March 9:08

Meet the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Bratton, who wants New York cops to clean up their act.

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