Tag Archives: BMJ

The Undiagnosed – chronic fatigue syndrome and the search for a reason

I’ve written before about chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as M.E. It’s a miserable illness, causing untold suffering to those who have it or care for someone who does. No-one knows exactly why it happens, which means treatments are largely stabs in the dark to see, empirically, what works. So naturally, there was much excitement […]


Medicine, standards and the media

The media is engaged in a bout of breast-beating over standards. It may be entertaining, but it ignores some fundamental questions about how our media works. Put simply, standards are expensive. Who’s going to pay? The frenzy over phone-hacking shows the extent to which some tabloid journalists would go for an exclusive story. The BBC […]

Time to ditch ‘5-a-day’?

Ingrid asked a┬ávery good question about my participation in the UK Biobank study. How typical of the general population are the people who choose to take part in medical studies? The subject popped up again this week. The headlines were full of how fruit and vegetables make little difference to your risk of getting cancer. […]

Allergic to peanuts? Maybe not.

All the recent fuss over unhealthy packed lunches reminded me of my standard sandwiches when I was at school – marmite and peanut butter. Salt, sugar, fat – what’s not to like? But it’s not the salt intake that would worry schools nowadays, so much as the risks of one of my classmates keeling over […]