Three days in a US hospital convinced me that America needs ObamaCare
By Eleanor Margolis - 17 October 16:41

The bare-faced callousness of the American healthcare system is obvious. This isn’t a hospital; it’s the Wild West.

New Statesman
Those who die of anorexia don’t always do so surrounded by sympathy and understanding
By Glosswitch - 15 October 10:40

Anorexia might win the eating disorder visibility contest but it doesn’t win any on-the-ground PR battles.

New Statesman
Not every mentally ill person is a poster child for mental illness
By Glosswitch - 08 October 14:16

I’ve spent time in psychiatric hospitals; I look like a “normal” person, too. But what if I didn’t?

New Statesman
How big a difference will the world's first malaria vaccine make?
By Sophie McBain - 08 October 10:51

By 2015, GlaxoSmithKline hopes to market the world's first malaria vaccine. But a lot more needs to be done to tackle a disease that kills 660,000 people a year.

New Statesman
The fight against entropy
By Nicholas Lezard - 03 October 15:26

It all begins with a hard line against Eucryl Tooth Powder.

New Statesman
Covering up abuse: How Winterbourne View happened again
By Alan White - 02 October 12:50

“These aren’t isolated instances. It’s cultural, and it’s grown out of what’s happened in the care sector."

Gabrielle Ortiz.
E-cigarettes should be marketed as a tobacco deterrent, not the skinny jeans of the inhalation industry
By Vickie Morrish - 26 September 12:00

Lorillard's "Blu" e-cigarettes are being sold as the latest vogue nicotine product, when really they should be presented as an attractive way of cutting down.

A man admiring a porsche.
Is the midlife crisis a real thing?
By Jenny Chanfreau - 14 September 10:54

He goes out and buys a porsche, she goes to India to find herself. We are all familiar with the midlife crisis clichés, but does the midlife crisis really exist, and what is driving it?

A missing trick: Non-alcoholic beer
By Irfan Allana - 02 September 9:19

Why non-alcoholic beer could be a golden market in the UK’s capital.

Spaceships and a simple plan
By Alice O'Keeffe - 30 August 13:42

Alice O'Keeffe's "Squeezed Middle" column.

How much of pregnancy health advice is plain old prejudice and fear?
By Glosswitch - 28 August 10:00

Questions as to whether pregnant women should drink alcohol or coffee go beyond the restrictions of an over-cautious medical establishment. It’s to do with how we value people. In her book <em>Expecting Better</em>, Emily Oster has raised some issues that

Dr Christian Jessen.
Dr Christian Jessen: "The word 'exploitative' drives me mad"
By Helen Lewis - 22 August 10:10

Helen Lewis talks to Dr Christian Jessen about Twitter diagnoses, self-promotion and the best of the NHS.

Squeezed Middle.
Am I eligible for free mental health care? How would I know?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 22 August 6:20

Alice O'Keeffe's "Squeezed Middle" column.

How many teenagers are using Ask.fm to self-harm?
By Hazel Robinson - 14 August 11:25

Some of the young people experiencing online abuse will be sending it to themselves, writes Hazel Robinson. That doesn't make their pain any less real - but it should inform how we approach the subject.

The NHS logo on a sign outside St Thomas' Hospital in London.
NHS funding: Let's stop pretending we can see the emperor's new clothes
By Michael Crawford - 03 August 12:04

To pretend that extra resources are not urgently needed in the NHS is to be as foolish as the courtiers in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

New Statesman
The time that I saw my balls on a giant television
By Paul Dean - 30 July 8:37

How do you tell a stranger, "I have too many balls"? Paul Dean has the answer.

An autistic child plays with bubbles.
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida: Autism from the inside
By Caroline Crampton - 28 July 11:30

Naoki Higashida has written a sparkling collection of Q&As, reflections and stories which describes like with autism from a first-hand perspective.

Two nurses aid an elderly patient.
Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet: Cowards, betrayers and appeasers have destroyed the NHS
By Richard Horton - 19 July 17:00

All three parties have colluded in the creation of ideal conditions for an unprecedented colonisation of the NHS by an aggressive, profit-seeking private sector. NHS SOS, a new book edited by Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis, explains how it was done.

Medical futurology is no excuse for the UK's organ failures
By Michael Brooks - 18 July 8:51

A mouse with a human liver is extraordinary indeed, but we should do better with what science has provided.

To be a scientist, you need a well-rounded education
By Michael Brooks - 04 July 8:28

Of late, science has demonstrated why all types of knowledge lead to discoveries.

A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a young child
The struggle for a Polio-free Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 25 June 12:22

What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?

Why is science doing so poorly in the fight against cancer?
By Michael Brooks - 20 June 11:07

We all know that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the outcome to change is a mark of insanity. It's time for some fresh ideas on cancer research.

Michael Gove’s exam fetish, Hong Kong mystery and Tim Yeo’s Nobu lunch
By Peter Wilby - 20 June 11:03

Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column.

Virginia Woolf.
Shame on Vice: There is nothing glamorous about being in so much pain you want to die
By Rebecca Wait - 18 June 15:47

The Samaritans do great work offering guidance on depictions of suicide in the media and creative arts. I took them very seriously when writing my debut novel. Vice's glamorous depiction of women writers' last moments was depressingly irresponsible.

"I could not exist, much less live a fulfilling life, without my carer"
By Hannah Buchanan - 12 June 9:00

Writing for National Carers Week, Hannah Buchanan explains why the role of carers in our society is so important, and why we should be more aware of what they do for us.

New Statesman
Want to see a natural birth? Go to a sheep farm
By Sarah Ditum - 06 June 10:58

Humans just aren't very good at giving birth - we produce magnificently big-skulled babies and have skinny little pelvises. A natural birth may sounds wonderful in theory, but in practice it's wise to give nature a helping hand.

Our big fat fear
By Felicity Cloake - 23 May 8:37

As our waistlines have grown, so has our collective prejudice against the overweight. How should we handle the obesity epidemic?

The assessment for PIP requires claimants to attend face-to-face consultations,
The transition from DLA to PIP will harm disabled claimants
By Erin Mee - 22 May 11:14

Causes for concern from a care worker.

A nurse walks with children outside an orphanage and hospital in Addis Ababa.
10 per cent of the world uses 90 per cent of the morphine: this needs to change
By Sheila Payne - 16 May 10:23

Pain relief and palliative care is a human right - and yet global access to drugs is grossly unequal. Change is urgently needed.

Foraging wild garlic is the way forward this spring.
Never mind the pre-summer "hungry gap" – a little wild garlic will fill the void
By Felicity Cloake - 14 May 10:11

It's a tough life being a foodie, but fear not - a sumptuous delicacy awaits in our still damp woodlands between April and June.

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