Breakfast is not the meal of champions

Breakfast has been called the main meal of the day. Maybe not for much longer. Why? Well, despite the decades of encouragement to “go to work on an egg” and the tradition of the great ­British fry-up, there’s precious little … Read More

We are now spotting the damage from mums drinking

Up until 1973 we believed we could drink as much as we liked while pregnant. But then ­malformations, linked to ­exposure of the unborn baby to ­alcohol, were recognised – and the ­devastation caused by drinking during ­pregnancy was first understood. It … Read More

Athlete gives sport an ethical dilemma

There is a controversy raging in women’s sport. Caster Semenya is the Olympic women’s 800m champion. She also has high testosterone levels which confer greater strength, stamina and bulkier muscles than other women. Intersex people have always existed. Some 1-2% … Read More

Drug could give new hope to men who climax too quickly

Premature ejaculation affects one in three men and is defined as ejaculation within a minute. There’s nearly always some­ psychological factors at play and there may be a genetic element. But it’s also found with inflammation of the ­prostate and … Read More

When should elderly people stop driving?

So, Prince Philip did the right thing and handed over his car keys. But at what age do you think it’s time to check in your ­driving licence? Next time you renew it? When your doctor says it’s about time? … Read More

Man’s best friend can help sniff out illness

Several times now I’ve written about the keenness of a dog’s sense of smell and how it can diagnose serious illnesses. Turns out medical alert dogs can ­detect odours as diluted as a teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized pools. … Read More

Does taking the pill turn women off sex?

Years ago I was involved in the first research on the pill. It was an exciting time at the ­forefront of women’s lib, as it was called then, and the fight for a woman’s right to decide what ­happened to … Read More

Poor sleep could be early indicator of Alzheimer’s

Could sleep disruption be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, an ­illness which affects more than 500,000 ­people in Britain and 5.7 ­million in the US? It’s possible, because a study has found that going short on sleep increases levels of a … Read More

New technique set to revolutionise hip operations

Hip fractures affect 75,000 ­people a year in the UK. They can, however, be difficult to treat, mainly because they tend to occur in elderly patients whose bones have been softened by osteoporosis. The traditional way to fix these ­fractures … Read More