Literature can enthuse medicine, and medicine can inspire literature. They are complementary treatments for being human
Nobody is normal
Are you average? Typical? Ideal? Adequate? The idea of ‘normal’ is a historical construct and it's time we got rid of it
A bug for Alzheimer’s?
A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good
The Black Death
At least one in three Europeans and untold millions in Asia died. What was the source of this brutal, lethal efficiency?
Life in Circadia
The ticking of the bodyclock can help us fight cancer, safeguard our hearts, time our meals, and enhance our intelligence
How plagues really work
The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities
The power of fat
Human fat cells can be used to regenerate damaged hearts and ageing joints. So should we start piling on the pounds?
Under the influence
How did enlightenment thinkers distinguish between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’? And how should we?
A good trip
Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair — and it’s working
Bullying doctors are not just unpleasant, they are dangerous. Can we change the culture of intimidation in our hospitals?
Magic or medicine?
If you were a poor Ugandan mother with a desperately ill baby, would you turn to Western medicine or the village healer?
Crowdfunding might catapult promising cancer treatments into clinical trials, but can it make a real difference?