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

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

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

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

The Prime Minister's little flutter
By Margaret Cook - 11 October 13:00

Statesmen deny illness for fear of alarming the public and keep on going. But far more worrying is a

By jingo! We have the managers
By Theodore Dalrymple - 27 September 13:00

Observations on the NHS

The disgrace of incapacity benefit
By Staff blogger - 20 September 13:00

Politicians do love a crackdown.

''In prison, I was lowest of the low''
By Viv Groskop - 13 September 13:00

Viv Groskop talks to Angela Cannings, one of three mothers last year cleared of multiple baby murder

NS Essay - There is a law of the Labour back benches: if they do it in Sweden, it must be all right.
By Anthony Giddens - 06 September 13:00

So what is the truth about the Scandinavians, so often held up as model social democrats? Anthony Gi

How to waste a $15bn opportunity
By Peter Gill - 06 September 13:00

George Bush and Tony Blair have a lot of money to spend on Aids in the developing world - but don't

The happiness industry
By Barbara Gunnell - 06 September 13:00

There are big profits in claiming to make people happy. But are those who seek well-being from thera

Bring the rich to heel
By Staff blogger - 06 September 13:00

Remember Thatcher and Reagan!

What Bevan would think of Blair
By Clare Beckett - 23 August 13:00

The founder of the NHS would regard Labour's reforms as unspeakably evil, argues Clare Beckett

It's not poisson, it's poison!
By David Nicholson-Lord - 23 August 13:00

Fish, once thought the healthiest of foods, is now bad for us. Pollution is everywhere, and there is

Just a bad hair day?
By Viv Groskop - 23 August 13:00

Observations on Nip/Tuck

A ga-ga-ga bureaucracy
By Viv Groskop - 09 August 13:00

If a hospital invites babies to take part in its consultation process, the NHS must be unwell

A nation of paedophiles
By Theodore Dalrymple - 09 August 13:00

If sex with children is so wicked, why are we relaxed about under-age pregnancy?

Gwyneth should try the pig fat
By Viv Groskop - 19 July 13:00

Observations on Russian remedies

The mad world of private asylums
By Theodore Dalrymple - 19 July 13:00

Observations on psychiatry

Mark Thomas - buys himself a priesthood
By Mark Thomas - 19 July 13:00

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and the United States: an axis of what? An axis, as it happens, of c

Where there's a will, there's a way
By Robert Colvile - 05 July 13:00

London, the country's economic motor, is powering ahead with broadband. The problem is how to ensure

Don't sell the NHS like shampoo
By Richard Reeves - 05 July 13:00

The choice debate 1 - When it comes to public services, Britons are genuinely altruistic, valuing co

The empire goes mad
By David Nicholson-Lord - 05 July 13:00

Observations on America

Growth with greenery
By Juliette Jowit - 05 July 13:00

Londoners suffer high levels of pollution and far too many road accidents. Juliette Jowit on what is

Why are you all so interested in sex?
By Gunnar Pettersson - 21 June 13:00

British teenagers go in for lots of bonking in order to establish their individuality. But in Sweden

William Skidelsky learns that Brad Pitt is fat
By William Skidelsky - 07 June 13:00

Did you know that Brad Pitt is overweight, and George Clooney obese?

NS Essay - 'Everywhere, even in Africa, the world is running out of children'
By Phillip Longman - 31 May 13:00

Urbanisation, TV and the growing employment of women have led to steeply falling birth rates, even i

How to cut obesity
By Staff blogger - 31 May 13:00

We live, it is said, in a "nanny state" that constantly tries to regulate our lifestyles. This is almost the exact opposite of the truth. A nanny's first duty is to have a care for her charges' bodily health, ensuring good diet and frequent exercise.