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Lyrica

Popular sciatica drug found to be pointless

A common sciatica drug has been found to be no more effective than a placebo, according to a study published…

alcohol

Moderate drinking is good for the heart. Why won’t public health admit it?

A new study in the British Medical Journal has found that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack,…

Prince Charles’s homeopathy for cows: the Royal Society cannot stay silent

The antibiotics crisis is one of the urgent issues of our time and great attention should be paid to any…

Can spider venom protect brain cells after a stroke?

An ingredient from the venom of one of the world’s most deadly spiders can protect brain cells following a stroke,…

Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness: amyloidosis was the bullet he could not dodge

When Martin McGuinness announced in January that he was standing down from politics because of his health, few people were…

Sesame Street

Sesame Street’s new muppet with autism will do more harm than good

So Sesame Street is to introduce a character with autism. It’s clear the producers have good intentions — their goal…

Do hunter-gatherer Bolivians really have the ‘world’s healthiest hearts’?

Members of an Amazonian community have been found to have the healthiest hearts of any population group yet studied, according…

exercise

Does exercise help if you have cancer? Here’s what we know

Exercise is a wonder drug. It’s a miracle cure. It’s a panacea. If it was a drug, doctors would be…

Could the risk of postpartum depression be predicted?

Levels of a hormone called allopregnanolone could predict the likelihood of postpartum depression, according to new research published in the…

If we want to benefit from Brexit, the first thing we should do is make snus legal

In Sweden, the smoking rate has fallen to a mere nine per cent, as the New Scientist reports… Sweden is…