Soluble painkillers—many of which you can buy over-the-counter without a prescription—contain so much salt that they can increase the chances of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) more than seven times. They also raise the risk of a heart attack, stroke or fatal heart failure by 20 per cent. more »
A mother whose son died from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in 2007 after he ate BSE-contaminated meat has revealed she turned down a £120,000 payment by the UK government because she believes it was ‘hush money’. more »
Teenagers who play sport and exercise for more than 14 hours a week are worse off physically than those who are less active. Excessive exercise could be causing inflammation which affects physical and mental well-being, say researchers. more »
More than 750 doctors who have been convicted of serious offences such as illegal drug trafficking and child pornography are still practising in the UK. The profession’s governing body, the General Medical Council, says it cannot ban the doctors as it would be in breach of their human rights. more »
Around 11 per cent of all children in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit, hyperactivity disorder), an increase of 42 per cent in eight years. Today, 6.4 million children aged between four and 17 have the learning or behavioural problem. more »
It’s never too late to start exercising. Even people who have never exercised until they reach their 60s can still benefit and enjoy a healthy old age, a new study has found. more »
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