MEDICINE

Dummy placebo pills help cancer patients overcome fatigue

Such is the healing power of the mind that placebo pills—'dummy' tablets that have no active chemical ingredients—are helping cancer survivors overcome fatigue, one of the worst conditions they have...

More than half of heart attacks never detected

  Many of us may have suffered a heart attack without ever knowing it and yet lived to tell the tale without ever taking any medication. Around 63 per...

Simple cold remedies are blocking cancer growth

  Who'd have thought it? Humble cold remedies that you can buy in the pharmacy are blocking the spread of cancer, researchers have discovered. The remedies,...

Benzos increase death risk by 40 per cent in patients

Benziodiazepines—or benzos—are routinely given to elderly patients to keep them sedated, but they're increasing the risk of death by 40 per cent, researchers have discovered. The drugs...

'Healthy' energy drinks cause kidney damage and hypertension

Energy drinks—which can contain eight times more caffeine than a standard cup of coffee—trigger a range of serious health problems, from stress, raised blood pressure, obesity and kidney damage, a...

Therapist says her business was almost destroyed by advertising watchdog

A therapist is fighting back after she says her business has been almost destroyed by rulings of the UK's advertising authority, the ASA, which used an enforcement officer who had...

Fats cause heart disease—but it's the ones from our gums,...

  Medicine has been quietly tip-toeing away from the cholesterol theory of heart disease that fats from our diet are to blame. Instead, it's the fats from...

Drink 3 pints of water a day to halve risk...

Women who suffer from frequent bouts of UTIs (urinary tract infections) should start drinking around three pints (1.5 litres) of water every day. It halves the chances of the problem...

Breast cancer caused by bacterial imbalance, and could be treated...

Medicine is slowly waking up to the relationship between health and the bacteria in our gut, known as the microbiome. But it's just got a whole lot more interesting still:...
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