A very British sickness
By Shiv Malik - 10 January 12:00

Shiv Malik visits Easington, County Durham, Britain's incapacity benefit capital, and asks if a crac

Why fraud goes unpunished
By Theodore Dalrymple - 10 January 12:00

Observations on insurance

Beware of Hell's Grannies
By Peter Dunn - 01 January 12:00

Observations on danger in the streets

It's just mechanics
By Ziauddin Sardar - 01 January 12:00

2005: The decline of sex - Viagra is just the start: we'll soon have pills that make you feel deep l

How Sars could save a nation
By Xiong Lei - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - A deadly epidemic has persuaded the government to take its people's health more seriou

Rich tomorrow, maybe, but filthy today
By Jonathan Watts - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - Smog in the big city every three days, acid rain falling on a third of the country, mo

Nature, the most deadly bio-terrorist of all
By Robin McKie - 01 January 12:00

2005: Epidemics - It may not be in the next 12 months, but very soon, a new and virulent strain of f

The little emperor grows selfish
By Harriet Evans - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - The one-child policy was to benefit the nation, but it has also spawned uncivil indivi

Why everybody's got a headache tonight
By Charlie Lee-Potter - 01 January 12:00

2005: The decline of sex - A girl's dream date is now seductive music, candlelight . . . and yoga fo

So difficult, so painful
By Penelope Bennett - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Penelope Bennett spends Christmas Eve with the homeless and sees their world anew

Danger on the wards
By Robert Blackhurst - 13 December 12:00

Observations on hospitals

The business - Patrick Hosking sees little hope for Big Pharma
By Patrick Hosking - 29 November 12:00

Things get worse and worse for the drugs companies. On top of growing resistance to their high price

All I want is a piece of paper
By Theodore Dalrymple - 29 November 12:00

Observations on public administration

The myth of the malingerer
By Margaret Cook - 29 November 12:00

Observations on Gulf war syndrome

How to turn outsiders on
By Matthew Broersma - 29 November 12:00

In a truly inclusive society, broadband would be available to all. Can the West Midlands meet the ch

Would you buy a car that looked like this?
By Andrew Simms - 29 November 12:00

Andrew Simms argues that SUVs are as dangerous to health as tobacco and should be made to carry simi

America - Andrew Stephen on a quadriplegic's death sentence
By Andrew Stephen - 29 November 12:00

For those of you who cannot conceive of the US as a cruel country, read the tale of the young quadri

Back to great grandma's cooking
By Colin Tudge - 22 November 12:00

The answer to obesity is the same as the answer to hunger: traditional food, locally grown

Tell us about the mould and rats
By Heather Brooke - 22 November 12:00

Observations on food

Regulate food and give consumers choice
By Staff blogger - 22 November 12:00

It is as well that new Labour has had two terms in power, and looks set for a third: some of its projects move at a snail's pace. Almost as soon as it came to power, Labour issued a green paper on public health.

Many dead, but he meant well
By Adam Sage - 15 November 12:00

Observations on Dr Guillotin

A Bollywood hospital saga
By Samir Shah - 15 November 12:00

When his father had a heart attack in Mumbai, Samir Shah found that Indian medicine had come into th

Who can cure the pharmaceuticals?
By Margaret Cook - 15 November 12:00

Margaret Cook on how the influence of drugs companies has seeped, through their control of research

Eh? What? Please speak up
By Michael Simmons - 08 November 12:00

Michael Simmons laments the plight of those who suffer from an unglamorous and neglected condition

What good the pink ribbon?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 01 November 12:00

The huge PR behind breast cancer awareness may raise the profile of a dread disease, but mislead wom

Up and down the pole
By Ellie Levenson - 25 October 13:00

Observations on the new aerobics

Hopi candles for the worried well
By Theodore Dalrymple - 18 October 13:00

The NHS plan for taxpayers to fund hocus-pocus marks a historic betrayal of science

Getting better all the time
By Liam Vaughan - 18 October 13:00

The <em>New Statesman</em> and Fellows' Associates, with the support of Northgate Information Soluti

Seven sick strategies
By Theodore Dalrymple - 11 October 13:00

Observations on NHS bureaucracy

Time to deflate the bloated ego
By Viv Groskop - 11 October 13:00

Observations on psychology