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NEWS Toddler dies from mumps virus in MMR vaccine

January 18th 2017 /

The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine has been directly blamed for the death of a five-year-old boy in the UK. Doctors have confirmed that the boy died from a mumps virus in his brain, which came from the ‘live’ vaccine.

NEWS Antidepressants double risk of falls and fractures in Alzheimer’s patients

January 18th 2017 /

Alzheimer’s patients often take an antidepressant—but the drug nearly doubles the risk of a fall and hip fracture. The risk is at its greatest when the person starts taking the medication, but it’s still there even four years later.

NEWS People taking antidepressants ‘for decades’

January 16th 2017 /

People are only supposed to take an antidepressant for a few months—but some never stop and rely on the drugs for decades. Average use is now six months, but 25 per cent are taking them for 15 months, say researchers.

NEWS Deaths from prescription drugs: 500,000; deaths from supplements: 0

January 9th 2017 /

Nearly 500,000 Americans died after taking a prescription drug in 2015, according to cases reported to the US National Poison Data System. By comparison, no deaths were recorded for vitamins, minerals or nutritional supplements.

FEATURE A head for herbs

January 2017 (Vol. 27 Issue 10) /

Don’t put up with the pain of migraine, says naturopath Harald Gaier. Try these helpful herbs with a long history of use.

FEATURE Bugs in the system

January 2017 (Vol. 27 Issue 10) /

New research has revealed how the microbes in our gut influence our central nervous system, and healing these microorganisms may, in turn, be the answer to everything from spinal cord injury and stroke damage to mental illness. Celeste McGovern investigates

FEATURE Chemo’s early victims

January 2017 (Vol. 27 Issue 10) /

Around 8 per cent of cancer patients are dying within 15 days of starting treatment, a startling new study has discovered

NEWS Cook that chicken through

December 26th 2016 /

If you like to eat chicken, make sure it’s cooked all the way through. Undercooked chicken can harbour the bacteria that cause Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), the nervous system disorder characterised by muscle weakness, co-ordination problems and unsteadiness, and may even lead to paralysis.

NEWS Fasting slows leukaemia in children

December 21st 2016 /

The importance of fasting as a cancer therapy has been underlined once again this week with the discovery that it slows the growth of leukaemia in children.

NEWS Antipsychotic drugs increase risk of death for Alzheimer’s patients

December 21st 2016 /

Antipsychotic drugs are routinely given to Alzheimer’s patients—but they increase the risk of death by 60 per cent. And the patient is twice as likely to die if he or she is given two or more antipsychotics.

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