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If you want to have a good night's sleep, have a reason to get up in the morning. In other words, have a purpose in life, say researchers.
Pharmaceuticals are dangerous enough as it is—but when they're taken incorrectly, they can be lethal. It's a common problem, with someone in the US reporting a serious medication error every 21 seconds, and that's 10.5 million cases a year.
Doctors are putting lives at risk by going against safety guidelines and are routinely prescribing an anticoagulant such as warfarin to all patients with irregular heartbeat.
While politicians continue to argue about reducing greenhouse gases, scientists have discovered that the problem is far worse than we thought: pollutants from fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, are cutting our life expectancy by up to 11 years.
Thalidomide, the morning sickness drug that caused appalling birth defects in more than 10,000 babies in the 1960s, is still being prescribed to young women who become pregnant—and three women had to have an abortion last year after being exposed to the drug.
We pop a sweetener—such as aspartame, sucralose or stevia—into our hot drink to help us keep the weight off. But they could be doing the exact opposite if we use them for a long time, and not only will we put on the pounds, sweeteners also raise the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
There are 27 stressful events that can age our brain by up to four years, and increase the risk of dementia, researchers have found.