Fewer teens are smoking despite vape increase

Teenagers given good health ­information, I believe, will ­always act responsibly, by and large. This is proved by ­national surveys in several countries indicating smoking among the young has ­continued to fall in recent years, ­despite a rapid growth in e-cigarette use. … Read More

Be honest with your children about cancer

Of all the difficult subjects to broach with your children, having an inherited cancer gene in the family must be among the most daunting. Ever since I made a television ­documentary called Children can Cope, which was about being truthful … Read More

No measles jab means no university in the US

Maybe you’re getting bored by me banging on about the ­importance of childhood vaccinations, but I have to say I’ll continue until we’ve overcome the prejudice against them. Want to know how seriously the authorities in the US are taking … Read More

Genetics does have a role in cancer risk

Sometimes I get asked how genes cause cancer. It’s an ­extremely complex subject and one I’m not qualified in, but here goes. Macmillan Cancer Support also has a ­patient booklet on the topic. Genes are found in every cell in … Read More

Targeting personal mutations is the new way to treat cancer

Personalised medicine is one of the most promising recent developments in cancer treatment, allowing doctors to specifically target the mutations that make an individual patient’s cancer unique and often untreatable. With the latest advance in targeted therapy, the US Massachusetts General Hospital … Read More