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.

More for less
By Niall Dickson - 12 November 9:45

Faced with a gap in funding at the same time as growing
demand, can the NHS survive – let alone pr

Health reform beyond the hype
By Staff blogger - 12 November 9:44

How should services in the UK and US change, and what can they learn from each other?

The war for the poor
By Fran Abrams - 12 November 5:43

In the run-up to next year’s general election, poverty is back at the heart of political debate. In

Q&A: Duncan Bannatyne
By Sean Carey - 06 November 16:30

The entrepreneur discusses his philanthropy and anti-smoking campaigning

Linda-Gail Bekker - extended interview
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 November 10:10

A longer version of this week's NS interview

Drugs rows, Aids denial and the post
By Peter Wilby - 05 November 5:55

Legalising all drugs would raise billions in revenue

Good idea: Trust the experts
By Alyssa McDonald - 05 November 5:55

As contenders for the title "good idea" go, making a public speech denouncing government drug policy, when you are an adviser to the government on said policy, is not an obvious front-runner.

The NS Interview: Linda-Gail Bekker
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 November 5:55

“So many of our people live daily with the effects of HIV”

Happiness is U-shaped
By David Blanchflower - 05 November 5:55

Don't believe all you read suggesting that quality of life in the UK is rotten

You can’t handle the tooth
By Nicholas Lezard - 22 October 8:48

To the dentist. First with my eldest son, who has been complaining of pains that are like toothache, but are not exactly toothache.

A right pig’s ear
By Phil Whitaker - 08 October 6:46

The government panicked over the threat of swine flu – and got its response completely wrong

Drying out the swalliers
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 October 8:13

Scotland's reputation as a nation of "bevviers and swalliers", as the justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, put it, is under attack from the SNP.

Real Meals: I'm leavin' it
By Will Self - 01 October 8:13

Walking into the McDonald's on Oxford Street made me feel like Rip Van Winkle

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