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Antibiotics failing in up to 50 per cent of patients

One in six courses of antibiotics fails to treat infections - and sometimes it’s as bad as one out of every two - suggesting the age of the ‘superbug’ is getting ever closer. The antibiotic failure ra... more »

Talking therapy better than drugs for ‘social phobia’

Around 13 per cent of people suffer from ‘social anxiety disorder’ - they don’t like meeting people and they feel uncomfortable in new situations. It’s a condition that is invariably treated with anti... more »

Painkillers are doubling the risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Common painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen almost double the risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, two lethal conditions. The NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs... more »

Eating our five-a-day improves our mental health too

Eating our five-a-day is supposed to be good for our bodily health—but it seems it is just as good for our mental wellbeing too. People who don’t eat their fruit and vegetables are far more likely to... more »

Healthy lifestyle can eliminate four out of five heart attacks

The vast majority of heart attacks could be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle, such as exercising, eating better and not smoking, a new study has found. The changes could eliminate four out... more »

Plastic bottles leach chemicals into mineral water

People who swig mineral water from a plastic bottle that’s been left out in the sun could be drinking more than they bargained for. Dangerous chemicals from the plastic can leach into the water, espec... more »

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The Medical Detective - Dr Gaier's casebook Kitchen cupboard remedies For helpful natural remedies, look no further than your kitchen, says Harald Gaier I received many encouraging emails from readers in response to my previous column, ‘Urban Medical Myths’. Thank you t...