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Investigation into HPV dangers dismissed as damage-limitation exercise

Drug regulators have agreed to investigate the safety of the HPV vaccine—given to teenage girls to prevent cervical cancer—after it has been linked to nearly 60,000 adverse reactions, including 227 deaths, in the UK and the US alone. more »

NHS officials bribed by drug companies to change prescription policy

Pharmaceutical companies are bribing health officials in the UK to start using their drugs in the National Health Service (NHS). more »

Acupuncture targets the same biological pathways as painkillers

It’s been dismissed as mere quackery—but acupuncture targets the same biological pathways that painkillers recognise, suggesting that the Chinese therapy is every bit as effective for countering chronic stress and pain. more »

No evidence that fluoride in water supply prevents tooth decay in children

There’s no evidence that putting fluoride in the public water supply—as happens across the US and in some counties in the UK—prevents tooth decay in children, an independent report has concluded. more »

Mushroom from Chinese medicine helps keep the pounds off

A mushroom that’s been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries could help you from putting on the pounds. more »

Peppermint and cinnamon are effective wound healers

Peppermint oil and cinnamon can help heal bad wounds. They are a natural antibiotic that can keep wounds clean and kill any surrounding bacteria, even a ‘super-bug’ that’s resistant to all current antibiotics, a new study has found. more »

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