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People who are in constant pain from conditions such as back problems, fibromyalgia and arthritis are in a vicious circle when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep: sleep helps them manage the pain, but they worry that the pain will keep them awake, and they’re more likely to sleep badly.
Although these over-the-counter and prescription pills are the modern standby for every ache and pain, what Big Pharma hasn’t told you about the risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs could just kill you, as Celeste McGovern discovers
Eating nuts is good for us, as we all know—and now researchers have discovered just why. Nuts seem to reduce levels of inflammation, a problem that has been associated with a range of chronic health problems, from heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.
Animal testing is usually the first step in assessing the safety and effectiveness of a new drug. But the results don’t always translate and often leave humans open to life-threatening reactions, even after the drug has been approved. Kathy Archibald, director of the Safer Medicines Campaign, argues for human-based testing.
All disease begins in the gut, said Hippocrates—and scientists have this week confirmed that rheumatoid arthritis is on the list. Bacteria in the gut are a predictor of the disease, they determine the severity and frequency of symptoms, and they could even help treat or prevent it.
Osteoarthritis sufferers often reach for the paracetamol to reduce the pain or help improve movement—but a major new study has discovered the painkiller doesn’t work, and any benefits are in the mind of the sufferer.