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.

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

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

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.

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

This isn’t just wine flu
By Nicholas Lezard - 10 December 5:47

Illness leaves me incapable of doing much more than lying in bed all day reading books. Plus ça chan

Bad idea: Textual health
By Alyssa McDonald - 26 November 5:41

Isn't there something odd about offering people a "talking therapy" to help them address their problems, but then delivering it in ways that involve no talking at all?

Close to our hearts
By Caroline Stagg - 12 November 9:46

Health care is a principle of enormous importance to a healthy society, and providing health care to all, free at the point of delivery, is enshrined in our National Health Service.