Sleeping Girl.
The darkness beyond language
By Rebecca Wait - 29 April 9:38

A novelist's account of depression and the struggle to find words to describe it.

New Statesman
Introducing Mental Health Week
By Caroline Crampton - 29 April 9:00

Each day this week, the New Statesman website will be hosting a blog exploring mental health issues.

Is motherhood a kind of slavery?
By Glosswitch - 24 April 14:01

Tanya Gold writes that "motherhood and autonomy can never coexist" - but how does that affect the debate over abortion?

"The tail’s wagging the dog": How outsourcing is eroding NHS services
By Alan White - 15 April 8:34

The battle over outsourcing for Suffolk’s community health services in Sudbury is a warning for the rest of the country - the future of the NHS is going to be fragmented.

A nurse draws an MMR vaccination.
MMR, Andrew Wakefield and the Independent
By Philip Maughan - 13 April 13:26

On middle class exceptionalism and why despite his intervention in the Independent, Andrew Wakefield is still wrong.

Chart of the day (slight return): Deadly earthquakes
By Alex Hern - 02 April 15:05

The Lancet is leading with a series of articles on health inequalities in Europe, and while the series as a whole is fascinating, there was one chart in particular which stood out for me, in the article "Health and health systems in the Commonwealth of Independent States":

Young women hiking on the Chiltern Hills
You don't have to wear tweed and cry "tally-ho" to enjoy the outdoors
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51

Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.

Getting a telling off from your children is one of those parental rites of passage
By Nicholas Lezard - 14 March 13:30

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out in London" column.

What is David Livingstone's legacy, 200 years after his birth?
By Michael Barrett - 28 February 10:43

David Livingstone’s life and death in Africa helped mould the Victorian missionary myth of exploration and sparked the Scramble for Africa. Yet he was never a typical imperialist and he left a powerfully charitable legacy.

Nurses dancing at Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony
We are in danger of loving the NHS to death
By Nelson Jones - 21 February 12:30

Universal healthcare is the least citizens should expect. To make the NHS better for patients, politicians, press and public alike need to cultivate a healthly scepticism towards it, not give it unlimited adulation.

New Statesman
The Mid-Staffordshire inquiry: where there’s a political will, there’s a way
By Phil McCarvill - 10 February 11:44

There are interesting parallels between the Francis report and the Macpherson inquiry report into the death of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

New Statesman
Mid Staffordshire "is a story of appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people"
By Caroline Crampton - 06 February 14:04

Hospital staff and managers should be prosecuted if patients are harmed as a result of poor care, inquiry finds.

The agony and the ecstasy
By Julia Copus - 31 January 8:00

The creative power of illness.

A sign in a Lewisham window. Photo by @Brixtonite
Thousands turn out for "Save Lewisham A&E" hospital march
By Brixtonite - 27 January 18:50

. . . and the Jeremy Hunt coconut shy went down a storm.

New Zealand, legal highs and sensible supply-side policies
By Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch - 24 January 15:44

Existing policy in the UK is rooted in the false assumption that if you make something illegal, people will stop doing it.

A porter pushes resuscitation equipment down a corridor at Lewisham Hospital
Lewisham: the most irrational, irresponsible hospital to cut
By Rowenna Davis - 21 January 16:14

To cut this well-performing hospital would be to reward failure and punish success.

New Statesman
Getting a grip
By Rae Boocock - 09 January 12:50

Wrinkled wet fingers belong in the bigger evolutionary picture, scientists reveal.

The anti-depressant Fluoxetine
The subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosis
By Michael Brooks - 03 January 5:49

Medicalising natural and normal responses to life experiences is a dangerous game.

Debunking the drug myths
By David Nutt - 19 December 6:29

Ill-informed opinions rather than facts have shaped the public debate about drugs and their effects, and for far too long, argues David Nutt.

HIV positive women make red ribbons
More than a prayer: Faith communities’ response to sexual violence
By Rowan Williams and Michel Sidib - 30 November 15:13

A dialogue between Archbishop Rowan Williams and Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS for World Aids Day.

G D H Cole
Profile in courage — G D H Cole
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 29 November 7:28

Jonathan Derbyshire on the pioneering social and political theorist who did more than most to bring about the ideals of the Beveridge report.

Women’s minister Maria Miller has backed a four-week reduction in the limit for
We have to counter the anti-sex, anti-choice spin before it's too late
By Zoe Margolis - 21 November 10:28

A vocal minority is attempting to influence the political mandate on sexual health.

The physical side of having a period sometimes doesn’t even bear thinking about
Unhappy periods and delivery room poos - let's tell the truth about women
By Rhiannon and Holly - 19 November 9:52

The assumption that women are too fragile to fart just upholds an expectation that women are mostly decorative.

New Statesman
Sam Kariuki: "The bugs are very clever, much cleverer than man"
By Charlotte Simmonds - 12 November 14:06

An interview with the award-winning scientist who has fought salmonella for fifteen years.

Ben Goldacre v the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
By New Statesman - 19 October 20:00

The ABPI responds to Ben Goldacre's book Bad Pharma.

A doctor examines a patient
Why do doctors struggle to communicate with their patients?
By Neel Sharma - 11 October 15:07

Many doctors turn their nose up at the art of communication, viewing it as potentially soft medicine.

The pro-coalition bias in the BBC's coverage of the NHS reforms
By Jamie Mackay - 03 October 8:26

Research shows that the BBC failed to report the objections to the legislation found in other media outlets.