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.

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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.

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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?

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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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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.

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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. 

A four-day-old baby in a hospital ward. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
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.

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