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Sense About Science gets it wrong again Simon Singh’s ‘charity’ Sense About Science—which is fighting hard to get WDDTY banned from stores across the UK—has got it badly wrong about genetically-modified food. It announced on national radio... Stress at work is another cause of diabetes What causes type 2 diabetes, the ‘lifestyle’ disease? Poor diet, lack of exercise and being overweight, for sure—but scientists reckon that stress at work should be added to the list. People who strug... Walking for 30 minutes a day reduces breast cancer risk after the menopause Women who take up some physical activity after the menopause reduce their chances of developing breast cancer. Walking four hours a week, or cycling or engaging in any sport for two hours a week, redu... Drink more coffee to reduce tinnitus symptoms Scientists aren’t sure why this is happening, but people with tinnitus—when they hear constant ringing or buzzing in their ears—are finding their condition improves when they drink lots of coffee. Suf... Doctors prescribing more antibiotics, and for inappropriate conditions Doctors still aren’t getting the message when it comes to antibiotics. Prescriptions have risen by 40 per cent in the past 12 years, and for problems they can’t help with, such as colds and coughs. Th... Salt in processed cheeses still too high, says pressure group Branded processed cheese still contain levels of salt that so widely exceed the recommended amounts that they could cause high blood pressure, stomach cancer and osteoporosis, a pressure group claims.... IBD drugs increase leukemia risk seven-fold Drugs for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) increase the risk of leukemia seven-fold. Thiopurines, immune-suppressant drugs, are a standard treatment for the disease, but the cancer risk is so high tha... Writing about feelings helps women survive breast cancer Women who write about their fears after a diagnosis of breast cancer are far more able to cope with the disease. They are less tired and stressed and have a better quality of life, say researchers. Ex... Dairy fats may protect against type 2 diabetes Saturated fats aren’t equal, certainly when it comes to developing type 2 diabetes. While fats in red meat, fried food, alcohol and carbohydrates seem to influence the start of the disease, those in d... Slow walking could be an indicator of dementia Walking’s good for you, but watch out if you’re a very slow walker: it could be a tell-tale sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s, say researchers. One in 10 people are very slow walkers, researchers have f...

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27 Jun 2014 | Adverse Reactions (Caitlin Hubbard)

Beyond your genes

When it comes to cancer, modern medicine is in firm denial. For all the triumphalism over the latest claims that approximately 50 per cent of people survive cancer for at least 10 years, the bald fact... more »

30 May 2014 | Adverse Reactions (Caitlin Hubbard)

Catching it early

It’s all over the newspapers.  Deaths from breast cancer have almost been halved, and the bow belongs to screening with routine mammography. So persuasive is the catch-it-early argument tha... more »

28 Apr 2014 | Adverse Reactions (Caitlin Hubbard)


Failing eyesight has become so closely associated with old age that medicine has applied a number of adjectives synonymous with ‘geriatric’ to conditions like ‘age-related macular de... more »

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