Cutting off NHS Direct is a bad call
By Alice Miles - 06 September 9:18

It may have been a sop to the middle classes, but Andrew Lansley’s decision to scrap the popular dis

You have to be kind to be cruel
By Mark Vernon - 06 September 9:12

Empathy is held up as humanity’s moral salvation, but scientific study exposes its dark and dangerou

The NS Interview: Debbie Purdy, assisted suicide campaigner
By Sophie Elmhirst - 03 September 9:59

“In a way, I am grateful I have got MS”

The perils of recruitment
By Victoria Brignell - 17 August 15:39

In the second part of her series on social care, Victoria Brignell describes the challenge of recrui

Care one - overview
By Victoria Brignell - 09 August 14:14

In the first of a seven part series on social care, Victoria Brignell gives an insight into how one

Hitchens on cancer and God
By George Eaton - 06 August 13:57

Writer gives first television interview since being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.

Out-of-body experiences
By Michael Brooks - 05 August 0:36

A couple of days before the government announced that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will be axed, the journal Human Reproduction published a report on why, nearly 40 years ago, the UK Medical Research

Keep it in your genes
By Michael Brooks - 29 July 8:13

You really do get by with a little help from your friends. Recent US research indicates that if you have lots of friends, you are likely to live much longer.

The Tories may endanger your health
By Alice Miles - 22 July 8:11

By the time Labour left office all patients were treated within 18 weeks. Plans for the health servi

Leader: Yet more top-down prescriptions for the NHS
By Staff blogger - 15 July 1:14

There is no evidence that GPs want this responsibility or have the skills to fulfil the task.

New Statesman
Being Christopher Hitchens
By George Eaton - 12 July 8:53

The author and controversialist Christopher Hitchens has cancelled all appointments and begun chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus. Shortly before this news, he talked to George Eaton about his life and his work.

The Tory stealth attack on the NHS
By Frances Crook - 02 July 9:35

If the Tories have their way, they will break apart the health system, just like our schools. This i

Shock and awe on the FM dial
By Alice Miles - 01 July 8:08

Dead children, bad health and paedophiles: government adverts on local radio are painting a stunning

Gary McKinnon
America versus the hacker
By Sophie Elmhirst - 07 June 8:50

Gary McKinnon, still suffering from Asperger’s, has one last chance to avoid extradition to the US to face charges of hacking into Nasa and Pentagon computers. Will the new government keep its word and help him avoid a savage punishment?

Unknown unknowns
By Michael Brooks - 17 May 9:32

In his first Reith lecture, Martin Rees discussed the "scientific citizen". How we proceed in areas such as genetics, brain science and artificial intelligence ought to involve the views of the public, he said.

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