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Stop breast-screening the over 70s, new study urges Breast screening for the over-70s does more harm than good. It doesn’t prevent deaths from breast cancer, but it does initiate over-diagnosis and over-treatment—and a great deal of unnecessary worry,... Father held in psychiatric unit for protesting against wi-fi in his children’s school A father in Northern Ireland is being held against his wishes in a psychiatric hospital and forcibly given antipsychotics—while held down by hospital staff—because he has protested against wi-fi in hi... Tea is a healthier drink than coffee Tea and coffee are both supposed to be healthy drinks—but which is the healthier? According to one new piece of research, it’s tea, which reduces our risk of dying from any disease other than heart di... Walking 30 minutes a day is a magic pill that protects against disease and early death Walking for 30 minutes every day is like a magic pill that protects against a range of chronic diseases and even prevents a premature death. It helps prevent obesity and diabetes, reduces the risk of... Asthma inhalers restrict growth in children Corticosteroid asthma inhalers restrict the child’s growth, especially in the first year after starting treatment. Children taking the drug grow around half a centimetre (quarter of an inch) less a ye... Caffeine makes postmenopausal symptoms worse Should you drink coffee or tea when you’re going through the menopause? It all depends: postmenopausal women suffer worse hot flashes and night sweats when they drink caffeine, but women still going t... Sleeping pills increase Alzheimer’s risk by 50 per cent Benzodiazepines, the anxiety and sleeping drugs, increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by more than 50 per cent—and the risk gets greater the longer you take them. The first symptoms of the disease... Third of drug trials are ‘unscientific’ A third of published medical trials have come up with a false conclusion—usually one that favours the drug or therapy being reviewed. In other words, there’s no scientific proof that many of the drugs... Energy drinks causing sudden heart attack deaths Energy drinks should come with a health warning. The drinks—often drunk in night clubs or during exercise—have been responsible for eight deaths and 257 cases of cardiovascular, psychiatric or neurolo... Nearly 700,000 patients complain about bad care in the NHS every year The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is generating more complaints from patients than ever. The service is today receiving around 480 written complaints a day, or around 175,000 a year—while another...

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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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10:40 | Health Conditions (Ian Yarham)

Re: psoriasis

Psoriasis is very connected to gluten intolerance - not particularly Coeliac but Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity. NCGS is far more insidious in nature than Coeliac (which affects only the gut and absor... more »

16:11 | E-News Responses (Wyandotte)

Your article dated Sept. 18/14...

I think this is simplistic.  Yes, we need some fat (of the right kind, of course).  I am not convinced that all people can eat all the fat they want all the time throughout their lives. ... more »

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Calcific Tendonitis

I have just been diagnosed with calcific tendonitits in my shoulder, it is very painful after a flare up. I believe I have had this to a milder degree for 8 years and just passed it off as shoulder st... more »

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