The real art of living longer should begin in childhood

Now, here’s an interesting one. A rich cultural life helps you live longer. I’m not surprised. I’ve always believed in theatre as enriching for all ages. I remember often taking my grandchildren to the theatre, ballet, museums, singalongs and someone … Read More

A simple act of kindness can be the best medicine

Back when I was an aspiring medical student, I was asked what was the most important thing I could give a patient. “Care and kindness”, I said. My reply wasn’t greeted with enthusiasm. Didn’t I think the latest high-tech treatments … Read More

Sex research comes back with a boomerang finding

Each Christmas the BMJ ­publishes what it calls the BMJ Christmas papers. The reports are never that serious, though all are based on meticulous research and they invariably make me smile. The authors are smart, witty and dedicated. I thought … Read More

Ablation therapy helps abnormal heart rhythm

Atrial fibrillation, once a rarity, is now quite common with approximately 6,000 cases being seen a year in the UK. It can be successfully treated with drugs, however, ablation therapy, ­is now seen as a procedure for patients whose atrial … Read More