A Good Death

“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.

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The Zero Suicide Campaign

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.

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Health Heroes Campaign

Launching the Mail’s new awards campaign to honour unsung medical heroes, Westminster terror victim Stephen Lockwood nominates the surgeon who saved him

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Immunotherapy

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

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The Great Childbirth Taboo

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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Stapedectomy

The writer Bella Bathurst was deaf for 16 years before a groundbreaking operation gave her back her hearing.

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Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

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.

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Sex and Illness

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

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Male Suicide

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.

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Thalidomide

Thalidomide: Call the Midwife

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.

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