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.
When it’s not Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, it’s Lewy
Many people are taking powerful drugs for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s when they don’t have either problem. Instead, they are just as likely to be suffering from a disease that almost nobody h...
Fat from meat doesn’t cause heart disease, major study finds
Saturated fats from butter, meat, sausages and bacon cause heart disease, right? Wrong. The standard health warnings have been misleading people for decades, a major new research study has concluded...
Married women less likely to die from heart disease
Married women may have all sorts of problems with their husbands—but they are 28 per cent less likely than unmarried women to die from heart disease.
One in five taking a drug that makes health problem worse
Around 20 per cent of older patients are taking multiple drugs that are cancelling each other out, and could be making a condition worse.
The best approach may be to treat only the more serious condi...
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