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Fats are now the good guys of health - they even protect against diabetes

Fats in our diet have been the bad guys for years—but not anymore. In the past year or so, scientists have discovered they don’t cause heart disease or artery damage, and now a new study has found the... more »

Stop breast-screening the over 70s, new study urges

Breast screening for the over-70s does more harm than good. It doesn’t prevent deaths from breast cancer, but it does initiate over-diagnosis and over-treatment—and a great deal of unnecessary worry,... more »

Father held in psychiatric unit for protesting against wi-fi in his children’s school

A father in Northern Ireland is being held against his wishes in a psychiatric hospital and forcibly given antipsychotics—while held down by hospital staff—because he has protested against wi-fi in hi... more »

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 »

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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...