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Painkillers cause a wide range of unsuspected side effects

Common NSAID (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) painkillers can cause a wide range of unsuspected side effects if they are taken for a long time or at a high dose, new research has discovered. T... more »

Doctors still getting it wrong over high blood pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is the single biggest killer in the world—and yet doctors are getting it wrong when treating it, a ground-breaking new study claims. Doctors are taught to always bri... more »

Ashya case highlights shortfall in cancer therapies in the UK

The international man-hunt for Ashya King and his parents—who took him out of a UK hospital where he was being treated for a brain tumour—highlights the short-comings of cancer therapies available und... more »

It’s not the oily fish, it’s the way you cook ’em

We’re told that oily fish—rich in the omega-3s—are the best to keep our brain healthy and ward off dementia, but a new study reckons that all fish are equal, and it’s the way you cook them that makes... more »

Common antibiotic raises heart attack risk

A common antibiotic, taken by millions of people every year to treat bacterial infections, increases the risk of a fatal heart attack. Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic, which extends the durat... more »

Agency hides data that reveals the MMR causes autism

The MMR vaccine increases the risk of autism 3.4 times—but this alarming fact has been covered up by health agencies, worried that parents would stop vaccinating their children. Parents have been cons... more »

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