‘Statins for everyone’ predicted as US lowers risk levels
Everyone over the age of 55 will soon be taking a cholesterol-lowering statin, doctors predict, after American heart specialists last week lowered the requirements for starting a prescription.
Academics paid by drug companies to whip-up media health scares
Health scares in the media are often fuelled by academics with links to drug companies that would benefit from the panic, an independent report has found. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) was...
Zinc kills pneumonia and meningitis bacteria
Zinc is one of the very best anti-bacterial agents around—and scientists have discovered this week how it works, even against some of the deadliest bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis.
Flu shot? Try a Japanese pickle instead
Flu season is with us—but if you’re hesitating over having the usual flu shot, try a Japanese superfood instead. The suguki pickle has proved itself to be a natural flu preventive and can even protec...
ACE drugs cause life-threatening kidney failure
ACE inhibitors—drugs for lowering blood pressure—are a major cause of life-threatening kidney failure. They could be responsible for 15 per cent of all cases of kidney injuries, researchers estimate.
Wakefield was right, autism is linked to gut problems
As the discredited Andrew Wakefield observed years ago, children with autism are far more likely to suffer gastro-intestinal (GI) problems such as constipation, diarrhea and food sensitivities. In fa...
Paracetamol doesn’t help beat the common cold
Many of us reach for the paracetamol or ibuprofen when we have a cold or sore throat—but neither of the remedies works. And inhaling steam doesn’t do much either, other than increasing your risk of a...
Endometriosis caused by ‘banned’ pesticides
Endometriosis—where the lining of the uterus attaches to other organs, and which may cause infertility—can be triggered by pesticides. They increase the risk by up to 70 per cent.
Exercise as good as drugs for keeping you alive after heart disease
Exercise can be as good as drugs for keeping you alive after you’ve suffered one of the life-threatening conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke or heart failure, a major new study...
Blueberries are still a superfood, even after baking
Blueberries are one of the ‘superfoods’—but their health-giving qualities change when you bake them in a pie or eat them in a muffin.
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