The US government spent $1.3bn stockpiling antiviral drugs to protect key workers against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, while the UK spent £424m—but there is no evidence the drugs work, an independent review has concluded. more »
What are your chances of developing heart disease? Just look in your mouth to find out. People with bad teeth or bleeding gums are far more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease—and dental problems may not just be a warning sign, they could even be the cause. more »
Two drug companies have been handed a record fine of $9 bn after they concealed evidence of a possible link between their diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. more »
Green tea helps us think better and can improve our working memory. The drink could even be used to help treat psychiatric disorders such as dementia, say researchers. more »
Everyone seems to be worried about their level of cholesterol—and doctors are keen to prescribe statin drugs in order to reduce it—but just eating one serving of pulses, such as beans, lentils or chickpeas, every day is all you need to do to keep it in check, researchers say this week. more »
Scientists have this week moved a step closer to understanding gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Sufferers are low in elafin, a protein, which protects the gut wall and reduces the body’s reaction to wheat—and supplements containing the protein seem to reverse the problem. more »
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