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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…

John Hurt

John Hurt and pancreatic cancer: why it’s such a bleak disease to face

The sad loss of John Hurt last week from pancreatic cancer chalks yet another one up to the bad guy.…

Seeing the same GP ‘means fewer wasted trips to hospital’

Older patients are less likely to be readmitted to hospital if they routinely see the same GP, according to research…

'locked-in'

Breakthrough allows ‘locked-in’ patients to communicate for the first time

Patients with ‘locked-in’ syndrome have been able to communicate for the first time, thanks to technology that interprets variations in…

breast cancer

Having a ‘pre-cancer’ scare may be good for your health

Women over 50 who have been treated for a precursor to breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)…

mushrooms

Can mushrooms really help against dementia?

‘Eat mushrooms to fight dementia’ ran yesterday’s front-page headline in the Daily Express. Will mushroom sales have spiked as a…