Category Archives: Health

Britain’s health divide: From cancer and Covid to dementia and childbirth, black and ethnic minority patients are shamefully more at risk. And worst of all? We STILL don’t know why Moise Roche says that if ever he thought he was losing his memory and had dementia, there’s ‘no way’ he’d see a doctor about it. A researcher in mental health based at University College London, he has published a number of papers in prestigious medical journals focusing on dementia in Black, African and Caribbean […]

Is it time to BAN electric shock therapy? Like a ‘zombie’ is how Gillian describes her state following electroconvulsive therapy for severe depression. She was given the treatment after the birth of her third child triggered terrible flashbacks of childhood abuse and, in turn, major mental illness. The 25 sessions of electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, she underwent were ‘a worse invasion of […]

Will victims of mesh scandal be betrayed all over again? Kath Sansom had hoped now would be the time she could finally ‘step away from all of this and wind it down’ — by ‘all of this’, the 52-year-old means the long fight for victims of faulty vaginal mesh. Since 2011, Good Health has been telling the stories of women whose lives had been […]

We must ban the mesh for good Professor Sue Black OBE is understandably bitter. Last year, she was a candidate in the London Mayoral election, standing for the Women’s Equality Party, when that bid had to be cut short for health reasons, following complications from a ‘simple’ operation she’d had more than 15 years earlier. ‘I’ve been completely debilitated by a […]

The 3p wonder pill: Metformin is already used for diabetes, but now doctors hope it could work for heart disease, cancer and even Covid. Suzy Birkett thinks the drugs industry ‘has taken its eye off the ball’ by looking in the wrong direction for treatments for her illness. ‘I might have been able to walk between the raindrops of this disease by doing something different from what they suggest,’ she says. ‘This disease’ is advanced breast cancer, which […]

Can we trust ANY antibody test? With more than 200 different brands offering them, top expert argues there’s little proof they all work More and more people are desperate to know if they have already had coronavirus as evidence grows that the vast majority of those infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms at all. Antibody tests are still held up as our way out of lockdown — at the very least, allowing healthcare workers to assist vulnerable […]

The cell receptors found in the nose, lungs and gut that could be the reason why being overweight (or a man) makes YOU more at risk of catching coronavirus Every week the alarming truth about the Covid-19 coronavirus is becoming clearer. Some of us are much more likely to die from it than others, and the key reasons are just beginning to be unravelled by scientists. For most fit and healthy people, the risk is small to non-existent; but for others, the possibility […]

Is inflammation the link between dementia, cancer and coronavirus? Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, Covid-19 — apparently unconnected conditions, but at the root of them all lies one problem: inflammation. This is now emerging as the key factor in many diseases, and a process we need to understand better if we want to reduce our risk of everything from dementia to […]

Vital fingertip alarm that can protect lives: Doctors call for oxygen monitors to be prescribed to most vulnerable Doctors have launched a campaign calling for home devices that measure blood oxygen levels to be available on prescription. They act as an early warning system for people at increased risk of a ‘silent pneumonia’ death due to coronavirus. They want the matchbox-sized gadgets, known as pulse oximeters, to be given to those in […]

Should YOU spend £190 on an immunity test? Some doctors are charging a high price to find out if you’ve had Covid-19 Who will be struck down by Covid-19 and who has already had it are questions that are key to ending the lockdown that began five weeks ago. And central to this is testing. The Government promised to provide 100,000 tests a day by the end of this week to check — using a swab […]