Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness: amyloidosis was the bullet he could not dodge

When Martin McGuinness announced in January that he was standing down from politics because of his health, few people were…

kim jong-nam

VX nerve agent and Kim Jong-nam: a murder that doesn’t add up

Even Ian Fleming would have balked at getting James Bond involved in the plot. Half-brother of half-mad dictator gets attacked…

Donald Trump

What I’d say to Donald Trump if I were his doctor

In case you’ve just returned from a nearby planet, there’s been some mention in the news recently of the newly…

John Hurt

John Hurt and pancreatic cancer: why it’s such a bleak disease to face

The sad loss of John Hurt last week from pancreatic cancer chalks yet another one up to the bad guy.…

George Michael

Why did George Michael’s heart fail?

There is still a huge amount of speculation about the exact reason George Michael died at the early age of…

father christmas

Dear Father Christmas: your work life is harming your health

Dear Father Christmas, I was pleased to see you again at your annual health check, which we always do prior…

Norovirus: your guide to the bug that spells trouble this winter

It’s getting to that time of year when my surgery starts to get full of people with coughs, colds and…

Why thunderstorms can be deadly for asthma sufferers

One of the health currencies I see every day in my surgery is asthma, with sufferers having symptoms ranging from…

NHS email

Don’t despair at the NHS email crash. A new dawn is round the corner

It started with a single email saying ‘Test’ on it just after I had begun my morning surgery earlier this…

Bruce Forsyth

How a bad fall saved Bruce Forsyth’s life

Bruce Forsyth is a national treasure but, like many 87-year-olds, has an occasional fall. When he had one late last…