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GSK faces more bribery charges in China

UK drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)—already embroiled in a bribery scandal in China—could face expulsion from the world’s fastest-growing economy after a second scandal came to light last week. The se... more »

Acupuncture helps ease menopausal hot flushes

Acupuncture can help reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes suffered by women going through the menopause. The therapy is an effective alternative to drugs, says a research study published... more »

‘Sleeping with baby’ a factor in cot deaths

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)—once known as cot death—remains a mystery, although it’s more likely to happen when the baby is sleeping with the parents, a new analysis has discovered. It’s the o... more »

Vitamin D helps sufferers survive bowel cancer

Bowel cancer patients who have high levels of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, in their blood are far more likely to survive the disease. Those with the highest levels have half the risk of dying from... more »

Cinnamon spice could counter Parkinson’s

Cinnamon, a common spice used for flavouring food, seems to interfere with the development of Parkinson’s disease. It even seems to reverse some of the damage caused in the brain by the disease, say r... more »

Simple ways to avoid Alzheimer’s

A third of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease are preventable. Just by exercising, not smoking or finding ways of countering depression could mean you don’t become a victim in old age, a new study has f... more »

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