Category Health news

Miscarriage, post-traumatic stress and me

‘Miscarriage can lead to post-traumatic stress,’ say the headlines. I have the research paper on my desk top, and I’m reading through it, trying to keep focused. I’m looking for inclusion criteria, drop-out rates and confidence intervals. I’m analysing it. That’s what I do. I’m a medical writer. But every few minutes I catch myself […]

Staying sane in a world of food frenzy

If I took at face value every medical study I’ve written about this year, I’d be sitting in a corner, chewing slowly on a raw carrot. Here are a few recent news stories, with links to the analyses I wrote for NHS Choices’ Behind the Headlines service: Non-stick chemicals linked to weight gain Slower eating […]

Medicine, too

If you’re a fish swimming in a polluted sea, how long does it take you to realise that mucky water isn’t normal? The ongoing outrage in the media over sexual harassment and abuse allegations has a wearying inevitability. Powerful man subjects powerless younger women to sexual abuse. Because he can. The people expressing shock are […]

Experts: a celebration of people who know stuff

Michael Gove thinks we’ve had enough of experts. He can live as he chooses, but I have an appointment with a dentist next week, rather than an enthusiast with a pair of pliers. I also have the enormous good fortune to talk  to experts in a variety of fields for my work. These are some of […]

Vitamins in pregnancy

We’ve all seen the adverts, usually accompanied by a photograph of a glowing pregnant woman or an adorable baby, selling vitamins and minerals ‘specially designed’ for pregnancy. They’re often expensive, but for many woman, the reassurance of taking a supplement that seems to promise a healthy pregnancy and a bouncing baby is well worth the […]