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cat

Relax, your cat isn’t a mental health risk

Is having a cat bad for your mental health? It’s not as ridiculous a question as it might sound. For…

contraceptive pill

The contraceptive pill and cancer: the benefits outweigh the risks

The contraceptive pill causes hormonal changes in the body and has long been known to affect cancer risk over the…

beer

How a typo tricked the media: half a beer a week won’t harm your health

Eggs were on faces yesterday after some astonishingly bad science reporting in sections of the media. In articles that have…

Andrew Wakefield

Homeopaths are keeping Andrew Wakefield’s ‘anti-vax’ fantasies alive

The ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield is back in Britain. Why do I call him an ‘ex-doctor’? As was widely reported at…

sex education

Sex education isn’t helping young people. It’s harming them

For too long, governments have been obsessed with the notion that young people need more sex education, not less. The…

heart surgeons

The shaming of heart surgeons: how politics brought a proud profession low

During training and the early years of my consultant career, cardiac surgery was a pioneering profession. We developed techniques and…

vitamin D

Evidence suggests vitamin D pills help against colds and flu

Taking vitamin D supplements will reduce your risk of getting the common cold or a similar infection, according to research…

heading a football

Can repeatedly heading a football lead to dementia?

Heading a football repeatedly may be a factor in the development of dementia, a study has found. Researchers gathered data…

breakfast

Why eating breakfast is bad for your health

Breakfast is a dangerous meal. This might sound provocative, so let me explain. It’s dangerous because it’s eaten soon after…

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…