Be straight with the patients
By Katherine Murphy - 07 May 20:18

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.

Research is on
By David Cameron - 07 May 20:15

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.

Don’t go to market
By Hamish Meldrum - 07 May 20:14

Fascinating though this election campaign has been, the debates on health have been largely predictable.

Taking the nation’s pulse
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 May 9:11

In a New Statesman and Pfizer debate, the three main political parties clashed over their plans for

Taking Care of Health
By New Statesman - 26 April 18:10

Our panel discussion on health, chaired by acclaimed broadcaster Ed Stourton, could be the last chan

Good Idea: Mother's day
By Alyssa McDonald - 23 April 9:23

There's something horribly Victorian about the phrase "maternal mortality" - the idea that giving birth is still, routinely, a life-threatening activity. But

I feel pretty, oh so pretty
By Samira Shackle - 19 April 9:04

Worldwide, the cosmetics industry is booming. In Italy the industry is worth €9bn each year.

Invasion of the body snatchers
By Susie Orbach - 19 April 9:01

The beauty industry steals women’s self-esteem and convinces us to spend unwisely in pursuit of phys

In sickness and in health
By Michael Brooks - 26 March 15:17

When did you last meet someone with polio? It's possible that you never have.

Obama’s health-care triumph? What a Pyrrhic victory
By Andrew Stephen - 26 March 7:55

It’s too soon to celebrate the passing of the Democrats’ health-care reform bill.

The real water wars
By Tom Slaymaker - 25 March 9:02

Sanitation and equity of supply, not conflict, remain the most pressing issues.

Leader: At last, change we can believe in
By Staff blogger - 25 March 7:06

"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.

Latest health supplements
By Staff blogger - 16 March 14:58

Read the latest of our special supplements on the future of the National Health Service.

Bad Idea: Don’t weight up
By Alyssa McDonald - 12 March 8:27

So it looks like it might not be the biscuits, after all.

Smile now, cry later
By Anna Minton - 12 March 8:17

Britain has bought in to America’s positive thinking and is heavily pushing the “science of happines

Good Idea: Hot data
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 March 7:57

The Millennium Development Goals have always had a looming menace, even when the deadline was comfortably far away.

Bad idea: Sick sticks
By Alyssa McDonald - 12 February 9:27

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.

Immaculate conception
By Mark Watson - 04 February 6:28

I'm going to film my son's birth and pitch it as a gritty, fly-on-the-wall piece to Channel 4.

Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals
By William Wiles - 04 February 6:28

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.

Campaign spotlight: Muscle group
By Staff blogger - 04 February 6:28

Dave Anderson MP, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on muscular dystrophy

Good idea: Home sweet home
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 February 8:15

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.

The Books Interview: Barbara Ehrenreich
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 February 8:07

Why do so many people buy into what you call "the cult of positive thinking"?

Obama stops thinking positive
By Simon Reid-Henry - 29 January 10:24

A year on from his inauguration, the president stands accused of reneging on inspiring campaign prom

Campaign spotlight: Jury's out
By Staff blogger - 28 January 7:06

Janey Antoniou, campaigner with the mental health charity Rethink

Turning the Titanic – pursuing excellence for all
By Staff blogger - 14 January 16:04

Will financial hardship be the catalyst the NHS needs to reinvent systems and embrace innovation?

The shock of the new
By Caroline Stagg - 14 January 16:04

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.

Allowing the future to change us
By Paul Rodgers - 14 January 16:03

A culture in the NHS of risk aversion and maintaining
the status quo stops Britain adopting new te

Bad Idea: Non-donors get kebabbed
By Alyssa McDonald - 08 January 18:14

Israel's plan to allow would be-donors to jump the transplant queue is ethically dubious

The Tories' health plans are Robin Hood in reverse
By Jonn Elledge - 18 December 16:13

David Cameron may insist the Tories are now 'the party of the NHS' but their plans would leave the p

Faith, hope and clarity
By Sholto Byrnes - 17 December 7:06

The rate of HIV infection in Kenya is one of the highest in the world, but safer sex is at last bein

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