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Needling a vein can be torture for the doctor, too — this ‘magic torch’ is the answer

It has always troubled me as a doctor that, before I can help a patient, I first have to hurt…

Social smokers ‘have the same heart risk as regular smokers’

Social smokers have the same risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol as those who smoke every day, according to…

How drugs make us fat: why alcohol, caffeine and chocolate are a menace to your waistline

We know that calorie-dense, seductive foods like chips, ice cream, and cookies tend to push us to eat too much…

Does BBC Radio 2 encourage heavy drinking? Welcome to the weird world of public health

Is the BBC driving you to drink? According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health — and…

Statin side effects disappear if you aren’t aware you’re taking the drug

Patients taking statins report no increase in muscle problems as long as they are unaware that they are taking the…

Do some antibiotics really double the risk of miscarriage?

Some common types of antibiotic may double the risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to research at the University…

Beware the believers: why it’s a problem if researchers only ever get positive results

One of the most obvious questions in any type of healthcare is ‘does this treatment work?’ If we want to…

My hyperemesis hell: why doctors need to take ‘morning sickness’ more seriously

There are guaranteed ways to shatter the sense of mystery in any romantic relationship and throwing up on yourself is…

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Can an espresso habit ward off prostate cancer?

Three shots of espresso a day could lower your risk of prostate cancer by 53 per cent, according to a…

Revealed: Public Health England’s cosy love-in with the anti-alcohol lobby

In January 2016, Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, controversially lowered the drinking guidelines for men and declared that there…