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Around half of medical researchers don’t reveal a conflict of interest with the pharmaceutical company whose drug they are assessing. This could be direct payments or some benefit in kind which might influence the outcome of the study, say researchers.
Exercise is good for us—and the benefits are super-charged if we have a positive feeling about it. The added benefits aren’t all in our head: physical improvements have also been seen and measured.
People with high levels of the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol are more likely to die prematurely—so overturning a long-held theory that it improves our health and reduces our chances of heart disease.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that is usually controlled with powerful drugs—but it can also be helped by strenuous aerobic exercise. Sufferers who have exercised for 12 weeks can function better at work and in social situations, new research has found.
Are allergies and diseases like asthma the result of our overly-sanitised modern lives, which include routine vaccinations and a diet of processed foods? It would seem so, as a new study of the isolated Amish community has discovered.
A meniscal tear is a common knee injury that usually requires surgery—but a new study has discovered that exercise could be just as effective.
Women are routinely given a needle biopsy when they are diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), a benign, non-invasive abnormality in the milk ducts of the breast. But the test is unnecessary, say doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, who have already stopped using it. It could also spread the abnormal tissue to the breast.
It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re fat or thin: your chances of a heart attack—and possibly dying from it—are about the same. But being overweight or obese does increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, a study of identical twins has discovered.
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.