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UK doctors paid £38m by drug companies

The cosy relationship between drug companies and doctors has been exposed yet again by new figures that reveal the pharmaceutical industry paid more than £38m in a year to UK doctors for ‘consultancy services’ and ‘meetings’. more »

Even fish are getting aggressive on Prozac

It isn’t just us—fish also react badly to Prozac (fluoxetine). The antidepressant makes them more aggressive, and alters their behaviour. Male minnows exposed to the drug for four weeks become far more aggressive, and start attacking the female fish. In one group, just a third of the female fish had survived, whereas normal survival rates are closer to 90 per cent. The fish that died had visible bruising and tissue damage. more »

Governments spent billions of dollars on useless flu drugs

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 »

Check your mouth to discover your chances of heart disease

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 »

Record $9bn fine for two drug companies over diabetes drug

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 »

Forgot where you left your keys? Drink some green tea, and you’ll remember

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 »

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