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Is your cat giving you road rage?

It may be just one nasty symptom of toxoplasma gondi, a bug found in cat poo

That ‘fertility cliff’? It may be more of a gentle slope

The study that identified 35 as a cut-off year was based on 17th-century church records. More modern evidence is available

‘Vaping as bad as fags’: the Sun’s splash runs counter to everything we know

‘Vaping as bad as fags’ howls the front page of the Sun today. It is a strange headline to run…

Eight slogans that quacks love to use: if you hear these, find a proper doctor

In the first of this two-part article, I discussed six popular tricks of the quackery trade. Some readers pointed out…

Study ‘proves alcohol causes cancer’. The problem? There wasn’t a study

A new study has proved that alcohol causes cancer according to the front pages of the Guardian and the i…

Fasting slows the ageing process. Sounds unlikely? Here’s the science

A drug that slowed ageing and protected the body from diseases such as cancer would no doubt cause considerable excitement…

Most of what we eat is ‘processed’ food. Here’s why we should be worried

Don’t panic, but each time you eat a bacon sandwich it is estimated you reduce your life by half an…

Advice against eating fat was wrong. It is time the experts admitted it

Last week the newspapers had a field day — it was the battle of the diet guidelines. A breakaway group…

The power of napping… how a daytime doze can boost memory and beat pain

Some of our greatest statesman, ­philosophers, writers and artists were habitual ­nappers

I used to think homeopathy was helpful. Now I’m a critic. So what happened?

As a young doctor, almost 40 years ago, I worked for several months in a homeopathic hospital. This experience impressed…

The day I had a stroke no one could tell anything was wrong

I first discovered I’d had a stroke when I suddenly couldn’t play the piano. My regular listeners would ask how…

What mindfulness gurus won’t tell you: meditation has a dark side

We never intended to be the Richard Dawkins of mindfulness — but, because of our book, we seem to have started…

On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us

In reviews of his brilliant 2002 book The Blank Slate, which railed against the ‘modern denial of human nature’, Steven…

Say no to the needle: why acupuncture just isn’t worth trying

It’s Acupuncture Awareness Week! According to the British Acupuncture Council, this event ‘aims to help better inform people about the…

What I wish Stephen Fry understood about mental health

The following letter, addressed to Stephen Fry, is written by Richard Bentall, professor of clinical psychology at the University of…

No wonder Britain’s alcohol guidelines are so extreme – just look at who drafted them

I’ve been reading the minutes of the meetings held by the committee that reviewed the alcohol guidelines recently. You may…

The evidence shows that chiropractors do more harm than good

In several hundred cases patients have been seriously and often permanently damaged

The great alcohol cover-up: how public health hid the truth about drinking

The text below is the basis of a talk given by Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute…