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Exclusive: the NHS report that Labour tried to block

11 March 2015 18:12

It emerged this morning that Labour MPs took the extraordinary step of blocking the publication of the Health Select Committee report into the NHS – because the conclusions backed up… Continue reading

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Most doctors seem to time-travel to the 1800s when it comes to nutrition

27 February 2015 18:02

For over 30 years, dietary fat has been seen as a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. This has been a health catastrophe. Ancel Keys’s ‘Seven Countries’ study,… Continue reading

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Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Labour unsure about health policy its own councils support

25 February 2015 20:25

The announcement today that Greater Manchester will receive full control of health spending – worth £6bn – has left Labour in a rather interesting position. On the one hand, it… Continue reading

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A century on, Scotland still has a drink problem

11 February 2015 15:27

The tragedy of the Rab C Nesbitt caricature is that there is a lot of truth in it – Scots do tend to have more problems with booze then those… Continue reading

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Bad news for the lazy – jogging isn’t actually bad for you

6 February 2015 9:54

There’s nothing the health editors of the nation love more than a counter-intuitive story. We’ve been over the red-wine-is-good-for-you, chocolate-is-good-for-you ones before (which tend to fall at various points on… Continue reading

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The era of GM babies has begun

Even Lord Winston has seemed confused about mitochondrial transfer

4 February 2015 17:01

One expert who sounded off to great effect in the run-up to yesterday’s vote on three parent babies was Robert Winston, IVF supremo and baby maker in chief. He declared… Continue reading

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Is your smartphone making you fat?

23 January 2015 15:46

Matthew Parris is obsessed by an unsolicited app which landed on his smartphone and which, thanks to GPS tracking, is able to tell him how far he has walked in… Continue reading

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Tobacco-Free Electronic Cigarettes To Be Licensed As A Medicine

Finally! A health story about cancer that doesn’t resort to hyperbole

22 January 2015 17:36

The lot of the snarky health-science debunker is not a happy one. It involves going to a lot of newspaper websites actively seeking out stories that will annoy you, and… Continue reading

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Nine ways to stop your child getting fat

16 January 2015 10:17

About a third of children in the UK are overweight, increasing their risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and joint problems in adulthood. Here are some hints… Continue reading

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Obesity a disability? Only lawyers will benefit from the ECJ’s farcical classification

15 January 2015 10:59

Real disability is humbling for those who have to live with it and those who care for the disabled. A true disability — degenerative neurological disease, for instance — involves… Continue reading

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When the NHS is treated like a religion, is it any wonder whistleblowers are considered pariahs?

9 January 2015 12:21

I will start by publicly apologising to Professor Meirion Thomas; in a moment of folly, I erroneously signed a petition decrying his alleged ‘disrespect’ of colleagues, in the wake of… Continue reading

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8 reasons why dry January could be bad for your health

9 January 2015 10:41

Have you renounced alcohol for the first month of the year after a festive binge? Maybe you’re doing it for charity or for the sake of your liver. But is… Continue reading

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How not to be taken for a mug by misleading health stories this New Year

31 December 2014 16:25

The Christmas/New Year period is always fun for health balls. Because we like drinking lots of wine and eating lots of chocolate around this time of year, newspapers like to… Continue reading

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Mark Reckless (‘Boo!!’) asks his question at PMQs

PMQs sketch: In sickness and in health

26 November 2014 17:25

Health, health, health. Viewers of PMQs must be sick of it by now. Health this, health that. Health, health. On and on. Ad nauseam. Today’s exchanges involved the usual tussle… Continue reading

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Rest in peace: seven ways to stop snoring this Christmas

17 November 2014 15:50

Did you know that snoring was bad for your heart? It’s thought to cause changes in the carotid artery and is linked to metabolic syndrome, both of which put you… Continue reading

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How does naturopathy work? A bit like a flying vacuum-cleaner to Mars

10 November 2014 9:25

Every so often you read a piece about alternative medicine that asks: how does it work? How does homeopathy work, how does acupuncture work, etc. There was a piece in… Continue reading

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Old, vulnerable and hungry – the shocking view from inside the NHS

6 November 2014 10:40

I am leaving London soon, coming to the end of my time as a voluntary hospital visitor working from a chaplaincy in a London teaching hospital. I have been roaming… Continue reading

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If the Prime Minister and Mayor of London took on the Movember challenge. (Photo: Getty)

Keep your hair on! Seven tips for doing so, past Movember

6 November 2014 10:24

Some men are growing facial hair for Movember but lots of people are just trying not to go bald. Male pattern baldness affects half of men over the age of… Continue reading

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Overpaid, underworked, ineffectual – the myth of the NHS doctor

5 November 2014 8:15

GPs enjoy the salary of bankers, regularly pulling in £100,000 for a five-day week, with no on-call or weekend duties and a lovely taxpayer-funded holiday every year. I know this… Continue reading

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The idiot diet – nonsense vs common sense in ‘Paleo’ nutrition

4 November 2014 8:11

Looking for real power? Get a jump-start on the future of global fuel at The Spectator’s energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still available here. There’s a great New Yorker cartoon – two… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A probationer’s diary

1 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 31 October 1914: THE following are extracts from the diary kept by a Red Cross probationer this autumn: Tuesday—A rumour has gone about that we are to… Continue reading

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Herbal medicine – not just for new-age hippies anymore

31 October 2014 16:13

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still available, sign up here. Society is changing fast… Continue reading

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Nurses of Whipps Cross Hospital, in London, singing Christmas carols to a patient in December 1952 (Photo: Monty Fresco/Getty Images)

How do you solve a problem like the NHS? The Spectator asks the experts

30 October 2014 12:14

So ingrained is the NHS as part of British life that it’s hard to imagine it disappearing. But it can’t go on as it is: its budget is being squeezed… Continue reading

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Calorie-counting six sweets at a time

27 October 2014 13:13

Anyone who is trying vaguely to control their weight and still eats tasty, nasty processed foods — me, for instance — gets used to playing the game of ‘guess how… Continue reading

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Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

24 October 2014 16:20

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still available, sign up here. I don’t want this… Continue reading

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