Observations on NHS bureaucracy
Love Works Like This: travels through a pregnant year
Lauren Slater <em>Bloomsbury, 175pp, £9.99</
Methadone, far from being the best way to help heroin addicts, as the government claims, is just ano
David Millward decided that socialised medicine was best after his American mother-in-law crashed her car.
The midwife interrupted my contraction with "Are you Cherie Blair's sister?"
Whether we are doctors or single parents, we are all victims of petty bureaucrats
Sweaty palms, dizziness, shallow breath: don't panic, you've just got moneyphobia
Placebo: the belief effect
Dylan Evans <em>HarperCollins, 224pp, £16.99</em>
As I recover in hospital, I am told that my pain is punishment from the Lord
I am struck down by a plague of boils, but saved by a free health service
Scientists as well as cult leaders ignore the moral questions behind cloning
Perhaps if we hated sugar less vehemently, we wouldn't eat so much of it
Chuck out the crisps and chocolate, and the kids behave better
Reckless driving causes more deaths than any other sort of street crime. But road safety is boring
The ship sinks, the oil spills, the bandwagon rolls. The environmental lobbyists, sniffing a surge of donations, fall over themselves to predict ecological disaster. Fishermen, sniffing compensation, gaze stonily out to sea, lamenting that all is lost.
There has always been a scathing answer to those who appear over-concerned about food and the condition in which it arrives on their plates: "Lucky you, to have such abundance and choice. Save your worries for the 800 million people in the world who are threatened with hunger."
<em>Food</em> - Supermarkets are bad news for small shops, farmers and our diet. But they're so conv
<em>Food</em> - Salmon used to be a delicacy. Now it is widely available, cheap and riddled with dis
You see men in the clear light of day when the pregnancy hormones cut in
How a US farmers' lobby deceived us about polyunsaturated fats
Kate Chisholm <em>Short Books, 152pp, £5.99</em>
Don't get pregnant unless you're living in the right London borough
In Kashmir, it is said, the disputed border runs through every street, every office, every room. Ami
Observations on obesity
Many English schoolchildren have a nutritionally deficient diet
Rats - as big as cats and a lot more vicious - are infesting the cities of North America, threatenin
As world leaders descend on southern Africa to debate global ills, the continent faces its greatest
Observations on wealth
West Nile fever has now spread from Africa to my own back garden in Washington, DC, and has killed m