A bad flu season is overdue. Should we fear the ‘Aussie killer’?

As if the Australian cricket team rolling us over in the Ashes tests wasn’t bad enough, another export from the…

How to spot the onset of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Juxtaposition can be an odd thing. This week I gave a diagnosis to a man who had been struggling with…

Does heading a football cause brain damage?

I have a number of patients who used to be professional footballers at a high level in the 1950’s and…

E-cigarettes work: I’d prescribe them if I could

As part of a debate I was involved with at the Conservative conference this week on public health policy and…

Olivia Newton-John and what a breast cancer diagnosis means today

One of the health stories in the press last week was the announcement that the singer and actress Olivia Newton-John…

Roger Moore

The many lives of Roger Moore: like Bond, he had long cheated death

The death of Sir Roger Moore aged 89 has saddened many men of a certain generation who believed that he…

Prince Philip retires at 96 — what lies behind his remarkable longevity?

There have been many words written about Prince Philip in recent days following his announcement of retirement from public duties…

Ugo Ehiogu

Ugo Ehiogu: why do fit and healthy people suffer cardiac arrests?

The very sad death at the age of 44 of former England footballer Ugo Ehiogu has led many people to…

hay fever

Hay fever season is upon us. Here’s how to escape pollen pain

It’s that time of year again when my surgery waiting room starts to fill up with people sneezing, rubbing their…

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…