Millions are left with life-changing injuries after giving birth — yet are too ashamed to talk about it. Now, as doctors and midwives finally act, a searing exposé of childbirth’s shameful secret
Alexandra Pringle, editor-in-chief at Bloomsbury Publishing had a near fatal heart attack after suffering chest pain for years. Yet doctor after doctor dismissed her concerns.
How one mother’s quick thinking saved her son’s life.
Professor Hindmarsh, consultant in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes at University College London
“The family is often doing everything to avoid the conversation going to ‘the worst place’ in case it gets emotionally horrible. But actually it becomes a lot calmer once you start asking: If she is so sick, she can’t be saved what sort of things should we all be doing now so we don’t regret anything? I don’t want them to wish in two week’s time, when they’re suffering agonising grief, that they’d had that conversation.” Palliative care consultant, Dr Kathryn Mannix.
Felix’s parents, Matt and Colleen allowed scientists to draw his blood after he died. His cancer cells were subsequently used in the lab to develop new drugs which are now being put forward as frontline treatment for children with Felix’s disease.
The self-made businessman and entrepreneur Lawrence Wosskow on the crippling anxiety that dogged his personal and professional life
The world champion marathon runner Ron Hill, reflects on his dementia diagnosis
is approved for use in the US and Europe, but flaws in the way medicines are approved in the UK, means children here are missing out.
Expert in paediatric diabetes and Britain’s most inspiring health worker
An approach that originated in the United States, its central premise is that suicide is not an inevitability for some people, but wholly avoidable and preventable.
Launching the Mail’s new awards campaign to honour unsung medical heroes, Westminster terror victim Stephen Lockwood nominates the surgeon who saved him
Why does the ‘miracle’ new cancer therapy help people like Charlie – but not others? This groundbreaking treatment shrinks tumours by ‘switching on’ the immune system to fight foreign cells, but data so far suggests it won’t work for the majority of cancers
Anorexia nervosa in primary school children is on the rise, I spoke to mothers who face a daily battle to keep their children alive
The Royal College of Midwives has reversed it’s policy on natural labour but it’s too late to help the thousands of women damaged for life by instrumental deliveries
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Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong and potentially lethal affliction that has reached epidemic proportions. It is incredibly difficult to manage — young sufferers and their families tell their moving stories.
Tough love. Critics say it is demanding and cruel, and the Department of Health won’t recognise it. But a high pressure autism treatment is changing these little boys’ lives.
When Tom was killed in a tragic accident playing hockey, his parents gave permission for all his organs and tissues to be donated.
If you are still dithering about joining the organ donor register, read Dr Mary Black on Tom’s story here. It’s the most moving and informative piece I’ve read read on organ donation.
In many parts of Africa, the most prolific killer of young girls is pregnancy. Those who don’t die in childbirth, suffer appalling damage. I met pregnant twelve-year-old girls facing child birth in a Sierra Leone Slum.
Read this young couple’s heartbreaking story
The writer Bella Bathurst was deaf for 16 years before a groundbreaking operation gave her back her hearing.
10,000 people in England are waiting for an organ, most of them kidneys. When Jean read my story about a doctor and father with end stage kidney failure, she decided she would donate her own.
Dr Simon Howell suffers from kidney failure and desperately needs a kidney transplant. He is grimly realistic about his chances of survival.
A mother’s heart rending account of her daughter’s mental illness
Every week in the UK, 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die suddenly. Hours before his wedding, Jane Davies’ finance Max Lowry, 33, collapsed: although an ambulance arrived within minutes, there was nothing anyone could do to save him.
Two organ recipients discuss whether we should have an opt in system in England or an opt out as in Wales where organs are routinely harvested.
Doctors don’t bring it up and patients are too shy to talk about it. But chronic illness shouldn’t mean the end of your sex life
A GP and father of an autistic young adult describes his battle for appropriate care for his son.
Men in Britain aged 20-49 are more likely to die from suicide than any other cause, yet we are still failing to tackle the crisis.
A new heart saved Taylor Turner aged 6, now his life hangs in the balance again.
Every year, more than 30,000 children in Britain are born, like Alfie, with an inherited genetic disorder.
The symptoms of sepsis can be mistaken for more benign conditions like flu but undiagnosed it can kill within hours.
The undiagnosed heart condition that kills 600 young people under the age of 35 every year. This grief stricken mother believes everybody under the age of 35 should be tested.
Fifty years’ ago, The Sunday Times played a crucial role in uncovering the Thalidomide scandal. As the story is played out again on Call the Midwife, I met the mothers and their who took it and their children who suffered horrific deformities.
When the thalidomide scandal erupted in 1961, the drug was soon banned. Yet pregnant women in Spain continued taking it until the 1980s — and the authorities refuse to accept responsibility.
Why expensive lotions are money down the drain
Thousands of intensive care patients suffer terrifying hallucinations and PTSD – we are only just beginning to understand why
Toby is nine years old. Last year he began starving himself. His parents, teachers and Doctors have no idea why. Caroline reports on the rise of anorexia in primary school children.