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New study reveals the dangers of common painkillers

Commonly prescribed painkillers should be given for shorter periods of time to reduce the risk of obesity and sleep deprivation,…

Are hot flushes a diabetes warning sign?

Hot flushes, the most common symptom of menopause, increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease. A new…

Disposable chip ‘will reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions’

Researchers from the University of Leeds have developed a prototype chip that can quickly determine if a patient has an…

The problem with the public health message on alcohol

Christopher Snowdon recently wrote about an exchange of e-mails between Public Health England (PHE) and the Sheffield University group that…

Does heading a football cause brain damage?

I have a number of patients who used to be professional footballers at a high level in the 1950’s and…

Researchers create ‘heart attack patch’

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have created a fully functioning artificial human heart muscle large enough to patch over damage…

Ignore the headlines: aspirin is safe for pregnant women

There are times when published research can have a dramatic positive effect on patient outcomes. There are also times when…

A response to Public Health England’s drinking guidelines complaint

If, as Public Health England claims, my exposé of the alcohol guidelines review was ‘grossly inaccurate’, one would expect the agency to…

Neurofeedback training could allow tinnitus sufferers to treat themselves

Neurofeedback training (allowing an individual to view some type of external indicator of brain activity and attempt to exert control…

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…