Technology is fostering independence in old age

I feel very strongly that an older person, despite some ill health and disability, has the right to have their independence respected. In our ­increasingly high-tech world, technology can further that aim. And the UK is committed to helping people … Read More

New hip operation method is close to a miracle

Andy Murray’s hip-smoothing operation had a miraculous result – no more pain, no more limping, and he’s back playing Grand Slams. He’s not alone. Currently, 95,000 Brits undergo hip replacements every year. They spend up to five days in hospital, … Read More

How to spot the signs of male genetic illness

Recently I wrote an item for this page on little-known ­ Klinefelter syndrome (KS) and it created quite a bit of interest, so I thought I’d give you more detail. KS is a genetic condition caused by a random error when a … Read More

No need to fear a flu jab when pregnant

Here’s a problem. All pregnant women are offered the flu jab but less than half take up the offer. Why? Are mums-to-be worried the jab may harm their ­unborn baby? Well, a new study should reassure the doubters. The benefits of vaccination … Read More