Medicine

Conscientious objection is an important medical principle

23 February 2018 12:31

Doctors are expected to have integrity. Does this not entail that they should do what they think is right?

Beyond the stethoscope: transforming the NHS with new technology

8 August 2017 10:20

For technology manufacturers, healthcare is already big business, and, with an ageing population increasingly comfortable with technologies that would’ve been…

Ignorance is bliss. But when it comes to your health, is it also a right?

28 August 2015 17:42

Tell kids the Tooth Fairy is fake, and their lips are sure to tremble. Reveal the list of their birthday…

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,…

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…

Want babies? Get a job, lose the Lycra – and other fertility tips

3 November 2014 7:45

Did you know that one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving? That’s roughly 3.5 million not very…

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.…

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.…

How to cure bad breath (and continue eating smelly foods)

24 October 2014 10:31

Have you ever tried that good old test for halitosis – licking your wrist, letting it dry, then having a…

Sod the diet and lose weight anyway – here’s how

20 October 2014 10:33

Who enjoys all that calorie counting? If you hate diets but love the idea of losing a bit of weight,…

Keep calm and address Ebola: a brief history of pandemics at The Spectator

18 October 2014 21:40

Ebola clinics in many parts of West Africa are full, so more and more people are being told to stay…

The limits of ‘superfood’ – debunking broccoli

17 October 2014 16:43

Over in my day job, I recently wrote a piece about ‘superfoods’ and the myths that a particular kind of…

Five ways to fight the flu – or why you should curl up with hot fruit cordial

16 October 2014 14:37

No one likes getting the flu and for some people, in particular the sick and elderly, the virus can prove…

Lord Freud was right and Miliband shameful

15 October 2014 16:27

Markets are amoral. If a severely disabled person cannot produce more than the minimum wage’s worth of work, no employer…

Stop ‘Stoptober’: seven health benefits associated with smoking

15 October 2014 14:19

James Delingpole’s latest Spectator column laments the pernicious portmanteau afflicting this fine month: Stoptober. Geddit? That’s ‘-ober’, as in the second half…

Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

13 October 2014 9:26

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new,…

Lisa Jardine and Mary Warnock – Britain’s answer to Machiavelli

27 October 2013 13:05

The outgoing chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, Lisa Jardine, has been paying graceful tribute to the woman…

Valium’s 50th birthday: little to celebrate

5 May 2013 11:00

A recent report published by the charity MIND – which paints a troubling, and important portrait of Britons driven to…

Swine Flu Panic

2 May 2009 14:27

The latest news should obviously have you feeling Very, Very Afraid: Mexico has revised down the suspected death toll from…