Watermelon extract hailed as a life-saver as it dramatically reduces high blood pressure
Watermelon extract reduces high blood pressure to such an extent in overweight people that it could be a life-saver, say researchers this week.
Vitamin A reverses breast-cancer precursor DCIS
Vitamin A—found in sweet potatoes and carrots—can reverse pre-cancerous cells such as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), one of the most common early warning signals of breast cancer.
Sleeping pills and benzos double death risk
Sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs such as the benzodiazepines can be deadly, and double the risk of death, a new study has discovered.
If it’s winter, you’re more likely to be prescribed a statin
If your cholesterol is checked in the winter, you’re much more likely to be prescribed a statin drug. Our levels vary according to the seasons, and they are at their highest during the cold winter mo...
Statins have no side effects? That’s just bad science, admits study author
‘Statins have no side effects’ was the extraordinary headline prompted by a study that claimed the drugs are no more dangerous than a placebo, or dummy pill. But now one of the authors, Dr Ben Goldac...
MMR not effective, but data ‘massaged’ to conceal the truth
Parents who have refused the MMR vaccine for their children are usually blamed for any outbreak of measles, mumps or rubella (German measles). But the MMR is far less effective than manufacturers have...
Many taking blood pressure drugs they don’t need—and it’s all because of ‘white coat hypertension’
Many people are taking antihypertensive drugs for high blood pressure when they shouldn‘t be—and it’s all because of white-coat hypertension. People who have their blood pressure taken by a doctor wi...
Heat therapy kills cancer cells that have spread
Hyperthermia, or extreme-heat therapy, has remained one of the ‘secret’ cancer treatments, even though American president Ronald Reagan chose it to successfully treat his own cancer. But all that may...
Arthritis pain in the head, not the joint
The ‘talking therapies’ may do more to help manage chronic pain, such as from osteoarthritis, than anti-inflammatory drugs, a new study has discovered.
DCIS women having unnecessary mastectomy
More than a third of women diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in-situ) are having mastectomies—even though the condition is often benign and will never develop into breast cancer.
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