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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... Contraceptive pill increases breast cancer risk three-fold Birth control pills that are high in estrogen increase the risk of breast cancer nearly three times. The risk seems to be highest in women who have only recently started taking the pill, and during th... Common drugs cause mental and physical decline in the elderly As we’ve always said, it’s not necessarily old age. The drugs the elderly take can cause the usual signs of ageing, such as unsteadiness, memory loss and incontinence. And this has been demonstrated i... Acupuncture eases fatigue and depression Acupuncture “significantly improves” fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep problems. The findings build on earlier research that discovered the therapy reduces joint pain. Electroacupuncture, a form... Statins do have dangerous side effects, BMJ panel decides Cholesterol-lowering statins are more dangerous than government agencies have claimed, the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) has concluded. It has revised two papers that had claimed that 20 p... Viruses could be the answer to the superbugs 800x600 Viruses may well be the answer to the growing ineffectiveness of antibiotics and the rise of the superbug. Bacteriophages destroy deadly bacteria such as C. difficile and other superbugs, say... Complaints against doctors double as patients take greater control of their health The number of complaints against UK doctors has more than doubled in five years. The General Medical Council (GMC), which regulates the conduct of doctors, says it received 10,347 complaints from pati...

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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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