This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning
If you’re hit by lightning, there’s a nine in ten chance you’ll survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of millions of volts? Charlotte Huff finds out.
How HIV became a matter of international security
Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too. Alexandra Ossola investigates.
In pictures: AIDS posters
A historical 18-image gallery of AIDS awareness posters from around the world.
This week’s podcast: A grown-up approach to treating anorexia
Adults with anorexia often have distinctive traits that lock them into a destructive relationship with food. Discover how those same traits could help them escape it.
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening
Teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. How?
Most care leavers say they survived the system… I survived because of the system
Researcher Áine Kelly is using her experience of growing up in care to help others in the system. What role does first-hand experience have in expertise? Michael Regnier meets her to find out.
You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine
Jo Marchant asks if we can harness the mind to reduce side-effects and slash drug costs.
Why the calorie is broken
Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work.
Why being bilingual keeps your brain fit
Most people in the world speak more than one language, suggesting the human brain evolved to work in multiple tongues. If so, asks Gaia Vince, are those who speak only one language missing out?
Why do we have blood types?
More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for.
How has the world's health changed in your lifetime?
Put yourself at the centre of the story in our Global Health Check interactive infographic.
This is what happens after you die
Exploring how the breakdown of our bodies after death gives birth to new life.