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Could cancer break the NHS?

It’s an experience shared by nearly two million Britons a year. You find an unexpected lump, or a mole that…

Meet the medical experts who will be guiding Spectator Health online

The media’s coverage of health matters. It affects what foods we buy, what pills we take, whether or not we…

Does a tan really raise your risk of skin cancer? Here is what we know

‘No safe way to suntan, new NICE guidance warns.’ The BBC headline was repeated by most of the media and…

Spectator debate: Can we trust health advice?

It was a close fight. Both sides at Tuesday night’s debate at IET London seemed to accept that trust in…

Can genetically modified ‘killer mosquitoes’ stop the Zika virus?

The forecast for the Zika virus outbreak seems dire. There is no vaccine, and no hope of one for at…

Type-2 diabetes has a secret: it’s perfectly reversible. Here’s how to get rid of it

Carlos Cervantes used to suffer from severe diabetes. His low point was 2011, when he had a heart attack, his…

Spotting lung cancer early is crucial. Here’s what you should know

Britain tends to lag behind other European countries in terms of its cancer survival rates. A few years ago this…

Meet the surgeons who want choosing a doctor to be as easy as booking a hotel

Imagine if seeing a doctor or having medical treatment was as easy as booking an Uber on a good day.…

Small bite, big problem: Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and no one’s sure how to treat it

Once bitten…

Since his son was diagnosed with the condition, the billionaire Phones4U founder has gone into action

Tweaked malaria protein ‘can find and destroy nine out of 10 cancers’

Where would medicine be without the good fortune of a discovery made by accident? Scientists at the University of Copenhagen…

Time to dump those pills: antioxidants found to hasten spread of cancer

In 1999 a book called The Antioxidant Miracle was released. Its publicity material stated: ‘A pill that strengthens your heart,…

Diabetes drug taken by millions has unexpected benefit: making children taller

A common diabetes drug taken by millions of people seems to have an unexpected side effect: it makes children slightly…

Embrace your nervous habits: fidgeting can cancel out the bad effects of sitting all day

As Time magazine would have it, sitting is the new smoking. Health gurus say our chairs are killing us. Prolonged…

People in Britain are living longer. What’s the secret?

People in Britain are living five years longer on average than they were in 1990, according to Public Health England.…

Why do only half of people who’ve survived a heart attack follow their doctor’s advice?

The graphic below contains a surprising statistic. In a survey commissioned by AstraZeneca only half of people who had survived…

Should you take aspirin to keep cancer away? For a small few the answer is yes

For several years it has been thought that aspirin might be a powerful way of reducing our risk of cancer,…

Moderate drinking does increase breast cancer risk — but the headlines have skewed the story

Having just one drink a day significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, a major study has found. The study,…

Doctors have not quite ‘cured blindness’, but the truth is still pretty remarkable

‘Doctors discover cure for blindness,’ announced the Daily Express. The headline prompted considerable scoffing – but the truth is no…