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."

Amanda Feilding
Amanda Feilding: "Tobacco kills 100,000 a year - cannabis a handful throughout history"
By Helen Lewis - 08 August 12:25

The campaigner on what's wrong with our drug laws - and how magic mushrooms might help treat depression.

"Innovation" is an NHS buzzword. It shouldn't be.
By Martha Gill - 25 July 8:51

Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.

A 13-year-old girl receives the HPV vaccination.
It's outrageous to deny girls the cervical cancer vaccine on spurious religious grounds
By Helen Lewis - 18 July 12:23

A textbook moral panic is unsupported by facts.

Richard Branson: "Create a European army - and privatise Radio 1"
By David Miliband - 11 July 12:11

The Virgin entrepreneur and adventurer talks to David Miliband about tax avoidance, Bob Diamond, why Europe needs a joint army and why he’ll never back any one political party.

The curious science of breasts
By Helen Lewis - 27 June 17:18

Florence Williams's excellent book shines light on a much-misunderstood part of the body.

Will Self
Will Self on the trouble with restaurant critics
By Will Self - 27 June 12:34

Even restaurant critics learn eventually that eating is a bodily function like any other.

The Dignitas clinic in Zurich, Switzerland
Tony Nicklinson and a doctor's take on assisted dying
By Alan White - 19 June 15:44

A GP lays out his reservations about the potential legalisation of euthanasia