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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 »

Drink less alcohol for a healthy heart

800x600 Alcohol may be good for you, according to some studies—but drinking less is even better, new research suggests. People who cut down on the booze improve their heart health, and see their body-... more »

Patients taking wrong dose because they can’t read the label

800x600 People may be overdosing on prescription drugs because the instructions are so poorly printed on labels that they are misreading them. The print on the label on bottles and capsules is often t... more »

Vasectomy raises prostate cancer risk 10 per cent

800x600 Men who have had a vasectomy are more likely to develop prostate cancer, and the more aggressive form that is likely to kill. The procedure increases the overall risk by 10 per cent, and the c... more »

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The Medical Detective - Dr Gaier's casebook Fixing the water works A number of natural medicines can help alleviate the worst symptoms of prostate problems, says Dr Harald Gaier