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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s not just people who are at risk from the 21st-century way of life. Plants are suffering, too.
Haemochromatosis is the commonest single gene disorder in northern Europe: roughly one in 200 Caucasian people is genetically susceptible.
Doctors have become more patient-centred throughout my decades of practice, but there is still a long way to go.
A doctor gives his perspective on our most overlooked widespread medical condition: anxiety about our health.
How it feels for a doctor to receive a complaint from a patient.
After dying down over the past fifteen years, whooping cough is showing up in infants again.
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.
What kind of person, I wonder, steals a bottle of perfume from an incapacitated elderly lady?
Nancy Tucker’s eating disorder memoir, The Time In Between, tackles this problem head-on.
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.
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?
Can drugs help depression? Crowdfunding allows science researchers to bypass institutional reservations and study taboo subjects.
Often beyond the realms of common sense, vitamins have become the most effective sales tool in food marketing.
This month, researchers are gathering in Cambridge to try and work out why we hurt. Michael Brooks weighs up one suggestion.
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.
How will we create the UK's first dementia-friendly generation, and why do we need to?
It's hard to draw the line between inciting fear, and giving a fair warning - as Colin and Mary's story proves.
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.
Oliver Sacks wrote of his imminent death with remarkable dignity, knowing science cannot help him. But what about the cases where it might?
Meet the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Bratton, who wants New York cops to clean up their act.
Hundreds of man hours lost to the economy, and a severe failure when it comes to cancer patients. It's time for NHS reform.
Children can often be cruel, but they can also be the most receptive to breaking down barriers.
Steve Doran has worked at a care home in Dartford for four years, but she believes that a concentration on abuse cases has blighted the reputation of her industry.
A deluge of mole-owners have put pressure on health services.
New guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advising women who are trying to conceive not to drink any alcohol at all just load more stress on to an already fraught time.
The resurgence of diseases like measles in the United States has come from the refusal of parents to vaccinate their children. The good news is that Britain isn’t seeing those same risks – but it could in the future.