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Low-salt diet ‘as effective as drugs’ for hypertension

A low-salt diet combined with the DASH diet (The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) substantially lowers systolic blood pressure –…

Could cancer break the NHS?

It’s an experience shared by nearly two million Britons a year. You find an unexpected lump, or a mole that…

Brain scans show physical signs of depression

Researchers have discovered a common pattern of structural abnormalities in the brains of people with depression and social anxiety, according…

Valium could be fatal for Alzheimer’s patients

Benzodiazepine and related drug use is associated with a 40 per cent increase in mortality among people with Alzheimer’s disease,…

Cancer drug effectively treats high blood pressure

Drugs designed to stop the growth of cancer could offer a new way to control high blood pressure, according to…

Dog owners live longer

Dog owners have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death than non-dog owners, according to the results of a…

Minimum pricing won’t end alcoholism – it will make the addiction more deadly

So the Scotch Whisky Association’s challenge to minimum pricing has failed and the last good reason to stay in the…

New autism drug shows early promise in trials

A new drug called NitroSynapsin has shown to be effective against autism in mouse models, according to a report published…

‘Smell test drug’ could improve Alzheimers symptoms

A declining sense of smell is recognised as one of the early signs of cognitive decline, before the clinical onset…

Drinking tea and red wine ‘reduces type 2 diabetes risk’

People who consume foods and drinks that are rich in antioxidants have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes,…