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.
In mice, young blood can rejuvinate the arteries and even neurones of the old. But humans may be wary.
The drug can cause symptoms akin to a UTI – recurrant use may lead to severe bladdar damage.
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.
Osteoporosis gets less attention than the "big, ugly stepsisters' -- yet roughly three million in the UK are affected.
We can’t give them back their health. But we can give them back their dignity.
Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column.
The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.
Prior to the outbreak there were signs of progress in the country’s public health operation, which are now under threat.