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Want to stay warm this winter? Then get naked, wear mittens and tuck into a curry

Brrr, getting chilly out there, isn’t it? Here are some proven – and perhaps surprising – ways to keep warm…

How we can improve our way of death

Of the 500,000 people who die in England each year, about half die in hospital. Many of these people have…

Super-local dining

Do you remember noni juice? No? Let me help you out. Noni, an exotic fruit, was proclaimed a superfood about…

Editor’s letter

Welcome to the latest issue of Spectator Health. For our cover story we have the brilliant Professor Allyson Pollock writing…

Percentage error

Medicine is a science, but not an exact one. Despite its inexactitude, however, its progress has been startling, and no…

John Hurt in Ethiopia with the children and staff members of Project Harar

These kids can be mocked, bullied, even stoned, kept away from school, sent into the wilds

Prepare yourself for what you are about to see, I tell myself, waiting for the night flight to Ethiopia —…

Check up

  You’re still switched on while you sleep For years it has been thought that the brain is relatively inactive…

Seven good reasons why you should avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics

Thanks to Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics put an end to a world where people died from the…

The Daily Mail is wrong — homeopathy can’t cure Ebola

Normally this blog is about relatively silly things, I’m happy to admit. Is red wine good for you? (No.) Are…

Criminalising mothers: the beginning of the slippery slope

The recent case reported in the press of a 17 year old mother who deliberately binge drank alcohol during her…