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Charles’s ‘spider letters’: The Guardian falls for the pseudoscience of graphology

The Prince of Wales’s ‘spider letters’ are out today – his letters to government ministers written or annotated in his distinctive…

Why elections are bad for your health

The excitement and anxiety was tangible during the election of 1997. Even as a child I was able to pick…

Jeremy Hunt stole my health tourism policy

Last week, the Department of Health announced that patients would have to produce their passport when registering for their first hospital…

Lawyers, journalists, chefs, bankers, doctors – the robots are coming for your jobs next

At the Hannover Messe robotics fair in Germany yesterday, UK company Mobey Robotics launched the world’s first robot chef, capable…

How a weird medieval recipe is fighting superbugs

Medieval medicine doesn’t have a great reputation, it’s fair to say. But one of its recipes may help us tackle…

How new technology is spreading superbugs

Normally I’m allergic to health scaremongering of any sort, especially if it uses government-funded studies to bolster its dire predictions. But…

The Apple Watch could have been a proper health-monitoring device. But the FDA won’t allow it

Apple’s new smart watch, unveiled by Tim Cook yesterday, had incredible potential. But its functionality has been hindered by technical…

‘Do those funny-looking chairs help?’

Q Is it true that sitting on those large exercise balls or funny-looking chairs where you kneel help back pain?  A One…

The other half of the heart

What’s your circulation? Unless you’re a newspaper editor, I bet you think of it as the heart pumping oxygen-rich blood…

Editor’s letter

Welcome to this, the fourth edition of Spectator Health. In this issue our cover piece is by Derek Yach, defending…

Migraine mysteries

Since I relinquished my Sunday-night Chinese takeaway — with emphasis on the seaweed starter and crispy duck pancakes — I can honestly…

To reform the NHS, use the politics of envy

‘Let’s make the rich pay more.’ Does that sound so right-wing? To me it has a positively socialist ring. It…

Even Lord Winston has seemed confused about mitochondrial transfer

One expert who sounded off to great effect in the run-up to yesterday’s vote on three parent babies was Robert…

The mitochondrial debate seems suspiciously short for a topic few MPs are experts on

MPs are currently debating changing the law to allow mitochondrial donations. This is a very complex area that few people…

Can Labour afford a battle with Boots?

Is Labour wise to go to war with the head of Boots for warning that a Miliband government would be…

The man who discovered Ebola

By some quirk of fate, just as news reached the papers that the Scottish nurse who had contracted Ebola while…

Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS

If Labour is weaponising the NHS, maybe it needs to sharpen its tools. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham had a…

80 Tories could reject plain packaging

While Cabinet members grumble about the way the government’s plain packaging announcement was snuck out last week, those Tories opposed…