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.

Great Ormond Street Hospital nurses perform during the Olympic opening ceremony.
The fall in nursing numbers is a complete disaster
By Neel Sharma - 24 September 15:40

Without swift work to rectify this problem, patient care will suffer.

Who can you trust on online health forums?
By Chris Lo - 21 September 10:12

The perils of "Münchausen by internet".

The A & E department at the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham
With hospital admissions increasing, why aren't medical staff numbers going up?
By Neel Sharma - 20 September 9:38

A case of "too many cooks spoil the broth".

NHS doesn't stand for "National High Street"
By Chris Hopson - 17 September 15:13

Providers in the new NHS must be free to integrate care in the patient interest, even if this has the effect of reducing competition argues Chris Hopson, the new chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network.

Dan Poulter appearing on BBC News
Dr Dan Poulter and the 100-hour weeks
By Pete Deveson - 07 September 11:34

Could the new health minister please clear up his statement about his hours as a junior doctor?

The NHS is not giving enough priority to diabetes
By Barbara Young - 14 August 12:10

Astonishingly, this isn't about a lack of money.

The ecosystem on your forearm
By Michael Brooks - 08 August 17:29

"The number of human beings who have ever lived on earth is dwarfed by the number of bacteria resident in your colon."