Health

Warning: rationality could be bad for your health

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Almost every popular commercial product owes its success to two different qualities. First, it does the job it is ostensibly…

The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

I used to back Jeremy Hunt’s digital NHS plan. Now I know it’s a disaster

7 May 2016 9:00 am

My baby and I excel at blood tests. He (tiny, jaundiced) stretches out naked under the hospital’s hot cot-lamps like…

Books aren’t medicine. They’re more powerful than that

30 April 2016 9:00 am

If we claim books can heal, we must accept they can also harm

It’s not work that’s stressful. It’s offices

23 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s not work that’s killing us. It’s the irritation and confusion of modern office life

After 50 years, I’m out of the agony-aunt business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s clear that Vladimir Putin has had a facelift, which might explain why Wendi Deng would take an interest in…

How Seneca got to sleep

9 April 2016 9:00 am

As if we did not have enough to cause us sleepless nights, the Royal Society for Public Health has demanded…

Hate tax havens? Try imagining a world without them

9 April 2016 9:00 am

However wicked tax evasion is and however distasteful some tax avoidance may be, people should imagine a world without tax…

An old man’s guide to living dangerously

9 April 2016 9:00 am

At 77, it is clear to me that increased longevity can be a curse rather than a blessing

A dispatch from a family of fooshers

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I’d like this to have been one of those Spectator diaries that gives the ordinary reader a glimpse into the…

I adore sport. I can no longer stomach boxing. Here’s why

2 April 2016 9:00 am

In most sports, injuries happen when things go wrong. In boxing, they’re the ultimate goal. It isn’t right

The scan said my baby wouldn’t live. It was wrong

26 March 2016 9:00 am

When my unborn baby was a five-month-old fetus, twisting about in the internal dark, he was given a death sentence…

No second EU referendum? Tell that to the Danes and the Irish

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Vote no, vote often David Cameron scorned Boris Johnson’s idea that voting to leave the EU might result in further…

What I learned while nearly dying

27 February 2016 9:00 am

There’s some journalistic research you’d really never do by choice. Spending four days in an NHS hospital with a life-threatening…

Spectator Christmas letters: from Daesh to zakuski

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Just call them Daesh Sir: I was interested to read Sam Leith’s article in which he appears to argue that…

Jeremy Hunt is spoiling for a fight. He’s picked the wrong one

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Hunt is right to fight for NHS reform. But he’s going after the wrong people, on the wrong issue

I’m a junior doctor and I used to trust the Tories. Not any more

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Like many of my fellow junior doctors, I trusted a Conservative government with the NHS. If it’s to stay strong…

The ME lobby is just a symptom of our stupidity about mental illness

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Do you ever wake up worried that you have tiny fibres growing beneath your skin, all along your spinal column?…

Make-up, chocolates, deodorant and sand: two weeks in cancer scares

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Killer facts The World Health Organisation added processed meats to its list of ‘known’ carcinogens. A few of the other…

One in ten British babies will soon be born via IVF. So why is it taboo?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Pretty soon, one in ten British babies will begin life in a Petri dish. So why is it still such a taboo subject?

Paula Radcliffe is a victim of our hypocrisy and confusion about drugs and sport

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Do you want to see Paula Radcliffe’s blood? If so, you’re not alone. Radcliffe, three-time winner of the London Marathon…

A licence to kill - the slippery slope of 'assisted dying'

29 August 2015 9:00 am

If you don’t think legalising ‘assisted dying’ is a slippery slope, you haven’t been paying attention

Not just a fad: the dangerous reality of 'clean eating'

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The ‘clean eating’ revolution is more likely to make you ill than healthy

Dear Mary: Is there a tactful way to tell a dear cousin she needs a lump removed from her face?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. How can you tactfully tell someone that the large skin tag or blob they have grown in the centre…

Is medical screening bad for your health? Michael Mosley dons a pair of ‘dignity shorts’ to find out

15 August 2015 9:00 am

When the link between tobacco and lung cancer was first established in the early 1950s, one obvious question arose: should…