A patient's health condition doesn't pay attention to whether or not there is a recession. Nor does a patient's health condition react or respond to whether or not there is a national debt crisis or a Budget deficit.
Clinical research has been at the heart of the National Health Service since its inception. Patients and their families expect doctors to be able to recommend treatment on the basis of firm knowledge of what is best for them.
Fascinating though this election campaign has been, the debates on health have been largely predictable.
In a New Statesman and Pfizer debate, the three main political parties clashed over their plans for
Our panel discussion on health, chaired by acclaimed broadcaster Ed Stourton, could be the last chan
There's something horribly Victorian about the phrase "maternal mortality" - the idea that giving birth is still, routinely, a life-threatening activity. But
Worldwide, the cosmetics industry is booming. In Italy the industry is worth €9bn each year.
The beauty industry steals women’s self-esteem and convinces us to spend unwisely in pursuit of phys
When did you last meet someone with polio? It's possible that you never have.
It’s too soon to celebrate the passing of the Democrats’ health-care reform bill.
Sanitation and equity of supply, not conflict, remain the most pressing issues.
"This is what change looks like," declared Barack Obama late on Sunday 21 March after his healthcare bill was approved by the House of Representatives. Change, it turns out, is a messy business.
Read the latest of our special supplements on the future of the National Health Service.
So it looks like it might not be the biscuits, after all.
Britain has bought in to America’s positive thinking and is heavily pushing the “science of happines
The Millennium Development Goals have always had a looming menace, even when the deadline was comfortably far away.
Apparently, cigarettes aren't all that good for you. Which may not come as the most enormous shock, what with the half-century that's already been spent looking into the 50 or so diseases to which tobacco is linked.
I'm going to film my son's birth and pitch it as a gritty, fly-on-the-wall piece to Channel 4.
America's abandoned state mental hospitals, the subject of this project by the photographer Christopher Payne, aren't so much a "closed world" as a lost one.
Dave Anderson MP, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on muscular dystrophy
The phrase "domestic violence" tends to dictate the way that we think about the physical, sexual and psychological abuses that partners visit on one another.
Why do so many people buy into what you call "the cult of positive thinking"?
A year on from his inauguration, the president stands accused of reneging on inspiring campaign prom
Janey Antoniou, campaigner with the mental health charity Rethink
Will financial hardship be the catalyst the NHS needs to reinvent systems and embrace innovation?
In 1948, when the National Health Service was born, its structures were designed to provide reliable and comprehensive medical treatment for everyone, dealing with health emergencies and one-off illness.
A culture in the NHS of risk aversion and maintaining
the status quo stops Britain adopting new te
Israel's plan to allow would be-donors to jump the transplant queue is ethically dubious
David Cameron may insist the Tories are now 'the party of the NHS' but their plans would leave the p