Bed sharing and reducing the risk of cot death

From The Times 21.5.2013 “Should I sleep with my baby?” is a question that has polarized opinion since research revealed that just over half of all cot deaths occur when babies sleep with their parent(s). And the debate has been stoked today by new research revealing...

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Possibly not ….

If you have the type of IBS that leaves you prone to diarrhoea, as opposed to constipation, then you may have been wrongly diagnosed….. As many as half a million people in the UK with stomach problems previously attributed to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),...

Overdoing it in the gym

Yesterday’s Inside Health -http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019dl1b – item on very high intensity exercise prompted a number of people to question the evidence behind my advice for middle-aged and older people to limit the intensity of their work-outs to...

The new NHS 111 service

From The Times 16.4.13, and since this was published I have received numerous emails and letters from Times readers berating their experiences when using 111.  Even accounting for reporting bias, their experiences suggest the service may be in more disarray than I...

The Swansea measles outbreak and why it is so worrying

The measles outbreak in the Swansea area has highlighted just how quickly the disease can spread there have been just under 700 cases confirmed as I write, nearly a hundred of which have been diagnosed in the last week. And South Wales is unlikely to be the only part...