Social media is no help to those who self-harm

There has been a surge in ­the numbers of teenagers suffering post-­traumatic stress disorder. And one of the serious effects that complicates PTSD is self-harming. Hospital admissions for children who are self-harming have more than doubled in six years. In … Read More

DIY smear tests could solve screening crisis

The cervical screening programme has hit a ­roadblock. Many young women are ­delaying or failing to attend cervical screening appointments ­because of embarrassment and a fear that the procedure would hurt them. Could we increase cervical screening rates by allowing … Read More

Measles is back and it is killing our children

Our childhood vaccinations schemes have been so ­successful over the years that many people have never seen a child with diphtheria, polio, measles or mumps. These adults are fortunately ­ignorant to the suffering a child ­experiences with any of these … Read More

Organ donation rule change could help save 700 lives

Years ago I filmed a ­documentary in Singapore where the number of organ ­donations was higher than anywhere else in the world, and the difficulty in procuring transplant ­organs had evaporated. Why? The Singaporean government had declared an opt-out scheme … Read More

New sound and light therapy could help Alzheimer’s sufferers

Here’s a new approach to ­treating Alzheimer’s – sound and light therapy. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, have shown that this method can relieve Alzheimer’s in animals and a clinical trial in human patients has already started. The study by … Read More

Free TV licence vital for lonely pensioners

Recently I attended a Mirror rally in ­support of protecting free TV licences for the over-75s. I heard many stories of how TV is a lifeline for older people and keeps them in touch with what’s going on globally as … Read More