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…

High pressure tactics

If I were to ask you to name a health problem that affects around seven million people in the UK…

Prostate cancer test: Ben Stiller says it saved his life, but here’s why top doctors avoid it

The American actor and director Ben Stiller said last week that a simple blood test saved his life from prostate…

Steven Woolfe: the danger of a single blow to the head

There is still much to be made public about the so-called ‘altercation’ between Ukip MEPs Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem,…

Terry Jones’s dementia: a cruel fate for a man who found so much joy in words

Along with many people brought up on a diet of Monty Python, I was greatly saddened to hear that Terry…

Theresa May: the first prime minister with a discreet need for jelly babies

To say that British politics is in a state of flux is rather like saying an otter’s pocket is a…

Botox has changed the lives of my patients. But not by changing their looks

If someone mentions the word ‘Botox’ to you, I suspect the first image it conjures up is of people desperately…

Prince: killed by a painkiller far more potent than heroin

So now we know what killed Prince. He died trying to control the pain in his hips that had become…

Muhammad Ali: was boxing the cause of his Parkinson’s?

In one of those coincidences that sometimes make you stop and think, at the time I first heard of the…

High heels can be harmful. Here are tips for happier feet

Marilyn Monroe may have once said ‘I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot’,…

Warts and verrucas go away by themselves. Here is how to survive them

Being a family doctor is sometimes the least glamorous job in the world, dealing with the unpleasant, mundane and sometimes…

Ronnie Corbett’s cruel fate: a monstrous illness that defies modern medicine

In the absence of an invitation to appear on Desert Island Discs I sometimes find myself playing a rather macabre,…

Healthcare is about to undergo a revolution. Here’s what will change

Not everyone may have noticed, but we are living in a period of revolution — and it eclipses the industrial…

The unsightly weals, or hives, of chronic spontaneous urticaria

The untold suffering of coming out in hives

Too little attention is paid to the distressing skin condition chronic spontaneous urticaria

Message to Jeremy Hunt: worried parents need doctors, not search engines

However you look at it, Jeremy Hunt is not popular with doctors at the moment, which is perhaps an understatement…

Healthier ways to fly

Long-haul can take a toll on us all. But there are things you can do

Are your tests up to date? New techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound are twice as readily available in France

Our lung cancer shame

General elections come and go — and pub bores bray about it not mattering who you vote for because the…

The cure for the common cold…

It’s that time of year — the weather gets cold, the heating gets turned up and my waiting room fills…