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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... Big blow to statin drugs market as scientists discover LDL cholesterol isn’t the ‘bad guy’ after all As we’ve been saying for years, LDL isn’t the ‘bad’ cholesterol that’s responsible for heart disease and blocked arteries—and now scientists are proving it. Although it’s the target of statin drugs, L... Arrogant doctors? It’s the way they were taught Ever wondered why doctors are sometimes arrogant or bullying? It’s because it was the way they were treated at medical school, a new study has found. Around 20 per cent of students in medical school r... More women having double mastectomy—but it’s not saving lives Many more women are choosing to have a double mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis—but the radical procedure isn’t saving any lives. The greatest increase is in women under the age of 40, which... Heart failure risk halved by moderate exercise every day Just by doing an hour of moderate exercise a day—such as jogging or swimming—you can almost halve your chances of dying from heart failure, the biggest killer in the West. One hour of moderate exercis... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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...

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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)

Farsighted

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 »

11:11 | Health Conditions (yvettecostall@gmail.com)

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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