Two needles in the haystack of general practice.
With the best intentions, modern medicine is leading many people to opt for invasive surgery they do not need.
After getting pregnant at 20, the life I thought I'd have suddenly vanished. Knowing that I still had control over what happened to my body helped me to come to terms with my new future.
Obesity rates triple in developing countries. A report by the Overseas Development Institute has found that one in three adults globally is obese.
Come April 2014, our out-of-hours service will be run by strangers based many hundreds of miles away.
If you’re the kind of person who thinks, “It’s Christmas – A&E will be empty,” and comes in to have their verruca treated, you are wrong.
Until the 1980s children were given no anaesthesia during open heart surgery - and we still don't manage their pain properly now.
The take-home message on smoking from science? Quit now.
A former president of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland argues that the word “cancer” is unhelpful in efforts to lead patients away from quacks.
In 2050, 71 per cent of Alzheimer's patients will be in low to middle income countries. Will they be able to access medical care?
Miranda Hart has made a decent career out of pillorying the kind of standards women are expected to live up to - but her latest venture, an exercise video called "Maracattack" has put an end to all that.
The clotting drug tranexamic acid has already been included in the White House Medical Unit treatment protocols for President Obama. But until more people know about it, thousands of trauma victims all over the world will die needlessly without it.
When a patient is diagnosed with fibromyalgia, all too often symptoms are dismissed as "all in the mind".
One in 10 people in Iceland are on antidepressants, and prescription rates across the OECD have dramatically increased.
Because of a growing body of research, there is a dawning appreciation that allergy to the proteins in cow’s milk is behind a range of childhood illnesses.
The strange discrepancies between how we treat strokes and heart attacks.
Our densely populated, low-income neighbourhood of the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver has 16,000 residents and about 6,000 injection drug users. Day after day, I’ve seen kind, funny and gentle people lose their families, get sicker, become more isolated a
While an under-performing school holds ample opportunities for teachers to turn lives around, inpatient psychiatric units are where lives get put on hold.
Typically absent from the claims about many “alternative treatments” are their risks. Jerome Groopman explores Dr Paul Offit's battle against charlatanism.
The bare-faced callousness of the American healthcare system is obvious. This isn’t a hospital; it’s the Wild West.
Anorexia might win the eating disorder visibility contest but it doesn’t win any on-the-ground PR battles.
I’ve spent time in psychiatric hospitals; I look like a “normal” person, too. But what if I didn’t?
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.
It all begins with a hard line against Eucryl Tooth Powder.
“These aren’t isolated instances. It’s cultural, and it’s grown out of what’s happened in the care sector."
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.
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?
Why non-alcoholic beer could be a golden market in the UK’s capital.
Alice O'Keeffe's "Squeezed Middle" column.
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