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The moral argument for three-person babies

If all goes according to plan, the first baby with the DNA of three people will be British, and could…

There’s an ethical debate to be had about ‘three-parent babies’ but nobody seems keen

There doesn’t seem much doubt about which way the Commons vote today on ‘three-parent babies’ will go, does there? A combination…

Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol — and legalise other drugs

In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age,…

Is your smartphone making you fat?

Matthew Parris is obsessed by an unsolicited app which landed on his smartphone and which, thanks to GPS tracking, is…

Banished from Nod

My morning conversation with my partner routinely begins: ‘Did you sleep?’ In response, by phone, by text or at close…

Yuletide perils

The jolly celebrations which we enjoy each mid-winter are derived from the Roman festival of Saturnalia — a time of…

Famous, successful, depressed: Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Robin Williams and Buzz Aldrin

Little boys blue

The death of Robin Williams highlighted the role depression, anxiety and severe illnesses (such as Parkinson’s in his case) can…

How does naturopathy work? A bit like a flying vacuum-cleaner to Mars

Every so often you read a piece about alternative medicine that asks: how does it work? How does homeopathy work,…

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim…

Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December.…

Call them crazy – the foolhardy new incentives for dementia diagnoses

Remember this time last year, when Jeremy Hunt decried the ‘national shame’ of neglected old people suffering from undiagnosed dementia?…

Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new,…

Lib Dems to announce mental health policy ‘red line’

The Lib Dems haven’t really announced many enormous policies so far at their party conference. Yesterday’s speech from Vince Cable…

Should I be worried, Doc?

I have a cartoon on my office wall at home that I look at every day when I am writing.…

How to choose a therapist

It’s not always easy assessing the various merits of umpteen therapists, cross-referencing qualifications, experience and specialities, while also, at the…

It’s time we accepted that depression is a terminal illness

For Robin Williams, depression was a terminal illness. He also, his wife has revealed, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. These two…

The NHS’s sympathy deficit

Sometimes I have a quiet time as a voluntary hospital visitor. But recently I’ve witnessed a lot of distress from…

Your finger nails could hold the answer to your health problems

Eighteen hundred years ago, Romano-Britons with a variety of medical conditions would have visited the healing temple at Lydney Park…