Focus on fentanyl: friend or foe?

Fentanyl provides potent pain relief when morphine won’t work. It’s also useful in anaesthesia and, as I found in a...

woman who changed the world

Helen Brooke Taussig lived from 1898 to 1986 in a male-dominated medical world. As a doctor she overcame her own double disability to...

5 Complicated truths about fibromyalgia

Myth, mystery and scepticism used to surround fibromyalgia. Understanding of the condition is increasing—but it’s not...

How can you treat heart failure?

Over half a million people in the UK are living with heart failure. There’s no cure but drugs can improve quality of life. Extreme...

Why do we age?

Wrinkles, thinning hair, spotted hands, high blood pressure, poor memory and weaker bones: decline and disease often precede death. Anti...

Living with emphysema

What’s your first thought on waking? Take a shower? Pour the coffee? Check the news? For some, being able to breathe is the first...

All you need to know about diuretics

Have you ever wondered why your doctor gives you tablets to make you pass urine when the problem is with your heart and not with your...

Why do we cry?

Charles Darwin thought that tears served no useful function; Charles Dickens urged his readers to “cry away” since it...

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