June 25th 2007, 11:35
It's something that its advocates have known for ages - the herbal remedy echinacea is the best thing around for preventing the common cold. And now, after researching all the evidence, scientists agree with them.
Echinacea can help reduce your chances of getting a cold by more than half if you take it regularly - and, even if you do catch a cold, the remedy can help clear it up more quickly.
June 19th 2007, 12:31
Green tea can increase weight loss, improve our general health and protect us against Alzheimer's disease - and now scientists are beginning to understand why.
The tea helps improve blood flow - especially in people with coronary artery disease - which also allows other nutrients to circulate through the body more efficiently.
June 11th 2007, 10:38
Olive oil is good for us, as we all know, but now researchers have finally unlocked its health-giving secrets.
The essential ingredient seems to be a chemical called oleocanthal, a natural antioxidant that is every bit as powerful as painkillers such as ibuprofen.
June 7th 2007, 15:35
Avandia, the diabetes drug that causes heart failure, has regularly been given to patients. . .with heart failure.
The practice is so common that one medical trial even focused on 224 patients with congestive heart failure who were taking the drug. Not surprisingly, it was a massacre. Five per cent died, 13 per cent reported a worsening of their condition, 33 per cent needed more heart medication, and 19 per cent ended up in hospital.
June 4th 2007, 15:41
Despite deciding to execute their food and drug supremo, the Chinese are still shipping in deadly imports into the USA. The latest scare is over toothpaste that may contain the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG).
So far, contaminated toothpaste from China has turned up in Panama, and a spot check at the US border found a consignment of toothpaste that contained around 3 per cent DEG by weight.