• A plutocratic proposal

    If mega-rich people could buy places on clinical trials, would this help drive forward the development of new treatments that could benefit everyone? Alexander Masters thinks it might just work.

  • Did you miss?

    Obesity costs the UK £47billion a year. It's a surprisingly large problem in poorer countries too.

  • From the archive

    A city slum can be many things – a community, a poverty trap, a potential escape route for the next generation. 

  • Coming up next Tuesday

    Lucy Maddox visits Norway, Newcastle and Bath to explore how new approaches to hospital design can improve the experience of staff and visitors, and even speed up the recovery of patients.