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high blood pressure

Just how promising is that ‘miracle’ pill for high blood pressure?

A new combination of four blood pressure drugs — the ‘quadpill’ — could be twice as effective as existing treatments,…

heart failure survival

Are heart failure survival rates still stuck in the 1990s?

Heart failure survival rates have not improved since 1998, a study at the University of Oxford has suggested. (But read…

Inflamed appendix? It might be better to leave it in

Appendicitis surgery in children is unnecessary in many cases, according to a study in the Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology journal.…

Switching to e-cigarettes ‘substantially’ reduces toxins in the body

E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use than conventional cigarettes, according to research published in the Annals of Internal…

Sorry, alternative health people: feeling better after a therapy is no proof it works

For more than two decades, I have been in regular contact with practitioners of this or that alternative therapy. Whenever…

e-cigarettes

Stop the junk science on vaping. E-cigarettes don’t turn kids into smokers

Ever since e-cigarettes became mainstream consumer products circa 2012, there has been a steady flow of anti-vaping scare stories. In…

bed blocker

A ‘bed blocking’ crisis threatens the NHS. Here’s how to fix it

The NHS is the victim of its own success. Every patient whose life it saves and patches up is a…

back pain

Ibuprofen isn’t great for back pain, but it’s not useless either

Ibuprofen is only a little better than a placebo in relieving back pain, according to a study at the George…

World Health Organisation

At last Britain is pushing the WHO to reform. It’s sorely needed

This year marks the end of an era for the World Health Organisation: its director-general for a decade, Margaret Chan,…

exercise

Exercise may protect against depression, but this study doesn’t show it

Children who get enough exercise aren’t just more physically fit, but also have better mental health in adulthood, according to…