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Viruses could be the answer to the superbugs

800x600 Viruses may well be the answer to the growing ineffectiveness of antibiotics and the rise of the superbug. Bacteriophages destroy deadly bacteria such as C. difficile and other superbugs, say... more »

Complaints against doctors double as patients take greater control of their health

The number of complaints against UK doctors has more than doubled in five years. The General Medical Council (GMC), which regulates the conduct of doctors, says it received 10,347 complaints from pati... more »

Herbs as effective as drugs for treating diabetes

Diabetics should introduce oregano and rosemary into their diet. The herbs are as effective as pharmaceuticals for controlling blood sugar levels, a new study has found. The herbs interfere with an en... more »

New blood thinner could be a killer

A top-selling blood thinner could be a killer—and there are concerns about the way the drug was approved and its safety monitored. Pradax (dabigatran) was approved in 2011 in Europe, and a year earlie... more »

Probiotic reduces blood pressure

Taking a probiotic every day—either in a yoghurt drink or as a supplement—can help reduce blood pressure levels. It’s a long-term procedure, however, and no reductions in blood pressure readings were... more »

Paracetamol no better than placebo for lower back pain

Paracetamol is the world’s most popular painkiller for lower back pain—but a new study has discovered it doesn’t work. It’s no better than a placebo, or dummy pill, and doesn’t help reduce pain, disab... more »

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The Medical Detective - Dr Gaier's casebook Counter intelligence Counter intelligence By using a little detective work, you can usually locate the cause of dementia and start improving it, says Dr Harald Gaier Q When my father died in 2009, my elderly mother moved...