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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 »

People with mild high blood pressure prescribed drugs they don’t need

Around half of people with high blood pressure (hypertension) are being given drugs they don’t need, and which won’t reduce the risk of heart disease or even death. Their hypertension is mild, and it... more »

Stop giving children routine dental x-rays, says new campaign

Children shouldn’t be given routine dental x-rays. The radiation may affect their developing organs and tissues, says a group of dentists who want to change standard practice. Children should have x-r... more »

Men still being given misleading PSA prostate cancer tests

Doctors are ignoring clinical guidelines by offering the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for prostate cancer to men over the age of 50—even though it is inappropriate and produces too many false-... 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...