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The virus is not invincible, but it’s exposing who’s irreplaceable

24 March 2020 4:25 am

In all the gloom and doom, and media-driven nihilism, there is actually an array of good news. As many predicted,…

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After the coronavirus, who wins the recovery?

20 March 2020 11:17 pm

We are living through a gruesome case study in the irrationality of elites. COVID-19 is a serious disease, but the…

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Panic among the pigeons

18 March 2020 5:32 am

Life is a risky business. Danger is everywhere. In New York, even the pigeons are a threat. A friend recalled…

How worried should we be about coronavirus?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus may be more widespread than we think – and less deadly

My night in A&E left me worried about the NHS’s coronavirus response

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I wish I shared the Prime Minister’s confidence about the ability of the NHS to cope with coronavirus. ‘I have…

The most dangerous thing about coronavirus is the hysteria

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The most dangerous thing about coronavirus is the hysteria

What do elbows have to do with fighting coronavirus?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Before the Covid-19 scare I never thought that one particular Spanish proverb would come in useful. It goes: ‘Los ojos…

President Trump Holds Press Conference With CDC Officials On Coronavirus

Donald Trump vs corona hysteria

29 February 2020 4:20 am

I like to keep a couple of books within easy reach of my desk to remind myself what sort of…

My Parkinson’s diagnosis has shown me how kind society really is

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Having Parkinson’s has shown me a different side of society

The government’s plans for a pandemic are both reassuring and alarming

15 February 2020 9:00 am

How prepared is the UK for a pandemic?

Britain’s relationship with booze is beyond abusive

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I’m not one of these teetotallers who frowns on people who imbibe, like an angsty ex-smoker who petulantly swats away…

Are childhood vaccination rates dropping?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Who speaks what The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, included a little Punjabi in his speech to the Tory conference. How many…

The reason middle-class parents are so anxious

10 August 2019 9:00 am

On that record-breaking, sweltering day at the end of July, my three-year-old son did a pirouette in the paddling pool…

Proton therapy: Cancer revolution or costly white elephant?

8 June 2019 9:00 am

It’s Asco week in Chicago: the biggest meeting of clinical oncologists in the world. McCormick Place convention centre, the largest…

My medical treatment is sending me bonkers – and it’s no fun

1 June 2019 9:00 am

If I’ve been incredibly rude to you or snappy or tearful lately, if I’ve taken offence where none was intended,…

British poet Salena Godden presenter of Mrs Death Misses Death on Radio 4. [Photo: Roberto Ricciuti / Getty Images]

Listening to people talking about death can be strangely consoling

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Without death,’ says Salena Godden, ‘life would be a never-ending conveyor belt of sensation.’ For her death is what gives…

How does anyone manage to navigate the maze of our second-rate NHS?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Next month the National Health Service turns 70. The institution is greatly loved, and not for nothing. The fear of…

Farewell to a bottle and a half per day – I have finally embarked on a diet

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Are there still travelling fairs? In many villages, they used to be part of the annual round. For weeks, the…

I’d rather be fat-shamed than have cancer

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Sofie Hagen is a young Danish comic I admire. I didn’t see her most recent show, Dead Baby Frog, but…

Nine reasons to be cheerful this year

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Since it’s the first week of the New Year I’m going to pretend the bad stuff isn’t happening and focus…

Dr Google’s verdict? Anthrax poisoning

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Six months into the renovations and I have so much dust in my lungs I have had to give Stefano…

A book about sleep that will keep you up all night

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I’ve read several books​ ​about​ ​sleep recently,​ ​and​ ​their​ ​authors​ ​all​ ​tell​ ​me​ ​the same​ ​three​ ​things.​ ​The​ ​first​ ​is​…

Health and personal choice

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Public health specialist Sir Michael Marmot has blamed ‘the cuts’ for the rise in dementia among the elderly, resulting in…

Stop lecturing fatties – it’s really not their fault

4 June 2016 9:00 am

I’ve noticed for some time now that thin people, genuinely slim ones, have a secret loathing of fatties. Kindly though…

Smokers are paying for your pension

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Axa will no longer invest in the tobacco industry: the French insurance giant will sell €184 million of shares and…