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

Anti-vaxxer curse is a threat to global health

When I first started to fight the anti-vaxxers who were led by Andrew Wakefield in 2001 it was a straight-forward job. The whole medical profession agreed MMR vaccination wasn’t hazardous. At the time, millions of children had been vaccinated without harm and … Read More

Liver transplants on the rise as more Brits drink up

Four pints a day? Doesn’t sound like much does it? Yet despite NHS guidelines, it’s adults who regularly drink this amount that are at risk of needing a liver transplant due to ­alcoholic cirrhosis. Experts at the Royal Free Hospital … Read More