News & Analysis

It’s up to each woman to decide whether the pill’s benefits are worth the risks

According to a new paper published in the journal Cancer Research women taking combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP) have a…

Stop blaming doctors for antibiotic abuse

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest report into antibiotic resistance we are facing a ‘problem so serious that it…

Seven ways to protect your ears

Did you know that ten million people in the UK have some hearing loss? In fact, long-term exposure to sounds…

And the best private hospital for food is… 

News today that the government is going to try to improve NHS food with that old New Labour favourite, the…

China’s public health crisis

During a recent visit to China I knew I was being watched. My family were also frequently photographed and videoed.…

I thought I had contracted Ebola. Life doesn’t get much scarier than that

Juba After an all-night rainstorm in Juba I woke to see the mosquito that bit me in the dark. Now,…

Paracetamol might not ease back pain – but doctors should prescribe it anyway

Upon seeing the headline ‘Paracetamol does not help lower back pain’, I found myself emitting a small (well – actually…

Jeremy Hunt opens the attack on the Working Time Directive

For years, Secretaries of State for Health have studiously ignored one of the most corrosive regulations to the NHS: the…

Stephen Dorrell: The NHS still has plenty to learn

If anyone thought Stephen Dorrell would take a break from talking about health after standing down as chairman of the…

Let’s call time on the unpleasant ritual of vaginal examinations

An internal examination is an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience for many women. The process involves a doctor inserting two gloved…

The problem with the NHS? The soft bigotry of low expectations.

In many ways I’ve endured enjoyed a very fortunate life. Not least because, perhaps unusually, I’ve had almost no dealings…

David Cameron gets serious about antibiotics — too little too late?

David Cameron has announced a review into why so few antimicrobials have been introduced over recent years. This seems to…

The Aspirin dilemma: should you stop taking it?

You may be feeling confused following recent press reports that Aspirin is no longer recommended as stroke prevention. Those who…

Power lines have been cleared by Oxford researchers

Check up

Environment No leukaemia link to power lines There is no increased risk of contracting leukaemia for children who live beneath…

The doctor will Skype you now

The average European visits their doctor six times a year. Each consultation lasts around ten minutes; add to that waiting…

A world of choice

When you’re feeling a bit below par there’s nothing nicer than being tucked up at home, comfort foods and favourite…

Q&A

Q Both my parents died of heart attacks when they were relatively young. I am worried that the same might…

Editor’s letter

Welcome to the first edition of Spectator Health, our new quarterly supplement designed especially for people who might never normally…