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

Artificial sweeteners are so bad for our health

Artificial sweeteners have been fooling us. We thought they were better for us than sugar but new research says they’re just as bad, possibly even worse. This shocking news emerged from a study of more than 450,000 middle-aged people started … Read More