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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 »

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 »

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