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Tea is a healthier drink than coffee

Tea and coffee are both supposed to be healthy drinks—but which is the healthier? According to one new piece of research, it’s tea, which reduces our risk of dying from any disease other than heart di... more »

Walking 30 minutes a day is a magic pill that protects against disease and early death

Walking for 30 minutes every day is like a magic pill that protects against a range of chronic diseases and even prevents a premature death. It helps prevent obesity and diabetes, reduces the risk of... more »

Asthma inhalers restrict growth in children

Corticosteroid asthma inhalers restrict the child’s growth, especially in the first year after starting treatment. Children taking the drug grow around half a centimetre (quarter of an inch) less a ye... more »

Caffeine makes postmenopausal symptoms worse

Should you drink coffee or tea when you’re going through the menopause? It all depends: postmenopausal women suffer worse hot flashes and night sweats when they drink caffeine, but women still going t... more »

Sleeping pills increase Alzheimer’s risk by 50 per cent

Benzodiazepines, the anxiety and sleeping drugs, increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by more than 50 per cent—and the risk gets greater the longer you take them. The first symptoms of the disease... more »

Third of drug trials are ‘unscientific’

A third of published medical trials have come up with a false conclusion—usually one that favours the drug or therapy being reviewed. In other words, there’s no scientific proof that many of the drugs... more »

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The Medical Detective - Dr Gaier's casebook Urban medical myths Dr Harald Gaier explodes 13 common pieces of advice routinely given out at the doctor’s surgery I receive lots of letters from readers asking for a ‘second opinion’ on minor issues after they’ve been...