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Iain Dale: the NHS is letting England down – and letting patients die
By Iain Dale - 26 February 14:15

Hundreds of man hours lost to the economy, and a severe failure when it comes to cancer patients. It's time for NHS reform.

How do you explain something you don’t really understand yourself? Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
How do we talk about mental illness to children?
By Glosswitch - 23 February 15:16

Children can often be cruel, but they can also be the most receptive to breaking down barriers.

Cases of abuse have cast a shadow over the care industry. Photo: John Moore
“We’re almost sneered at by society”: a care worker on her stigmatised profession
By Ashley Cowburn - 23 February 13:18

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.

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Worried about your moles? GPs are here to help – except they’re not allowed
By Phil Whitaker - 19 February 11:10

A deluge of mole-owners have put pressure on health services.

Trying to conceive can take over your life. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Trying to get pregnant is hard enough without being told not to drink
By Glosswitch - 16 February 11:26

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.

Though not a household name in the UK, model and actor Jenny McCarthy’s claims that vaccinations caused her son’s autism have had a huge and damaging influence in the US. Photo: Getty Images
Anti-vaxxers have revived measles in the US, but what about the UK?
By Ian Steadman - 06 February 16:37

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.

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New research in blood sharing forces us to ask: how far will we go to beat ageing?
By Michael Brooks - 05 February 11:36

In mice, young blood can rejuvinate the arteries and even neurones of the old. But humans may be wary.

Glastonbury, 2013. Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Ketamine users, beware: your trip might end on an operating table
By Phil Whitaker - 05 February 11:01

The drug can cause symptoms akin to a UTI – recurrant use may lead to severe bladdar damage.

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I was pregnant again. But when the doctor produced a graph I knew that something was wrong
By Suzanne Moore - 29 January 10:28

Women’s bodies are very peculiar. I was pregnant and, because I’d had two children already, the feeling wasn’t exactly new: that metallic taste, a strange lightness, the sensation of one’s own flesh being somehow unaccountable.

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Osteoporosis is medicine’s Cinderella diagnosis. It rarely gets a look-in
By Phil Whitaker - 22 January 10:29

Osteoporosis gets less attention than the "big, ugly stepsisters' -- yet roughly three million in the UK are affected.

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Those affected by the UK’s contaminated blood scandal deserve an apology from the prime minister
By Diana Johnson - 14 January 11:45

We can’t give them back their health. But we can give them back their dignity.

Given the green light: a sign for prescriptions in a chemist's window. Photo: Ben W/Flickr
Sometimes, a simple NHS prescription form can be as potent as the medicine
By Phil Whitaker - 23 December 10:02

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

"People just dismiss me": the leading policeman challenging the War on Drugs
By Tim Wigmore - 19 December 14:28

The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.

A health worker treats a child with ebola in Sierra Leone. Photo: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images
Warnings over collapse of health system in the wake of ebola in Sierra Leone
By Karl Blanchet and Sara Nam - 12 December 11:20

Prior to the outbreak there were signs of progress in the country’s public health operation, which are now under threat.

Carriers: mosquitoes at the Oswaldo Cruz foundation in Rio de Janeiro, on 2 October. Photo: Getty
I’d never heard of “chicken unga fever”. Had a new kind of bird flu hit Britain?
By Phil Whitaker - 05 December 16:59

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

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What is the “best” way to give birth?
By Glosswitch - 04 December 14:37

Women should be able to make informed choices over their own labours, and not be brow-beaten with the idea of the “perfect birth”.

Why aren’t we more shocked that mentally ill people spend time in police cells because we lack beds?
By Glosswitch - 02 December 12:41

Wanting to care about mental illness is not the same as caring.

PrEP time: A large red ribbon hangs in Washington to mark World Aids Day. Photo: Flickr/Tim Evanson
Why HIV prevention meds should be available on the NHS now
By Will Nutland - 01 December 13:00

Pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis (PrEP) involves giving at-risk HIV-negative people a daily dose of HIV medication. Though controversial to some, it is proving highly effective in preventing infection and activists are calling for it to be rolled out immediately.

An anti-abortion protestor in Belfast in 2012. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
It’s time Northern Ireland put an end to the climate of fear around abortion
By Grainne Teggart - 28 November 11:40

The proposal to impose ten-year jail sentences on any woman who has an abortion in a non-NHS clinic in Northern Ireland would plunge women’s rights into the dark ages.

Medical opinion: Atul Gawande's prose is as sharp as his scalpel. Photo: Erik Jacobs/NYT/Redux/Eyevine
Rock doc: surgeon and writer Atul Gawande on old age and dying
By Sophie McBain - 27 November 10:00

What should doctors do when the drugs won’t work? Often it’s easier to push one more treatment than to acknowledge that “people have priorities other than living longer”.

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Brendan’s fits seemed like epilepsy, until we looked into his emotional life
By Phil Whitaker - 20 November 15:35

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

A child in India during World Toilet Day in New Delhi, 2012. Around 130 million households in India have no toilets. Photo: Getty
Choose your friends wisely – their friends could be bad for your health
By Helen Lewis - 06 November 10:00

A seriously ill patient’s condition affects not just their ­immediate family and friends but the next circle out, their children’s spouses, say, and the one after that, of those spouses’ friends.

Virtuous circle: West Africa needs to retain more of its trained medics. Photo: Kevin Sieff/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Ebola: how the west made things worse
By Desmond Cohen - 06 November 10:00

The severe shortage of medical staff in African countries is not simply a result of failures in government planning. One major contributing factor is the high demand for trained health workers in rich countries.

Pet love: a cat does a weekly visit to a Berlin care home to help in the treatment of patients with dementia. Photo: Getty
Would you want to know if you had dementia, even when there is no cure?
By Phil Whitaker - 06 November 10:00

Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column. 

Beds should be allocated according to need, not sex. Photo: Alden Chadwick on Flickr via Creative Commons
The Orchard psychiatric ward closure: women bear the cost of unchecked male dominance
By Glosswitch - 06 November 9:34

An important psychiatric unit in Lancaster has been closed to female patients – a move that is especially galling because we are so used to being told that segregation by sex is obsolete in these brave new postmodern times.

Fort Kent, Maine, where nurse Kaci Hickox has become the centre of a political controversy. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty
Ebola is the latest political battleground between America’s left and right
By David Millward - 31 October 12:21

The febrile atmosphere of the mid-term elections has turned the response to the disease into a way of playing politics.

Desperate: Liberian health workers at the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, 18 October. Photo: Getty
Monrovia, the city at the heart of the ebola outbreak
By Clair MacDougall - 23 October 10:00

At least 200 health workers have been infected with ebola and 90 have died, according to the latest government figures, yet pay is modest. Last week they staged a two-day strike. 

Face off: Hong Kong residents wear Sars masks while watching a funeral procession. Photo: Getty
The plague index: which diseases could still cause chaos?
By Michael Barrett - 22 October 15:20

We defeated or tamed many fatal diseases in the 20th century but many remain a threat. Michael Barrett assesses the contenders for the next pandemic. 

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Why all new legislation should face an obesity test
By Julia Manning - 16 October 12:10

Obesity is not a future theoretical threat, it is a present catastrophe.

People walk past an ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Getty
How translators can help stem the ebola crisis
By Lori Thicke - 14 October 13:16

Ignorance about ebola can be as fatal as bodily contact with an infected person. The problem is that most information about how to prevent ebola is not available in the languages understood by the people at risk.

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