It can be hard to make sense of different treatments and cut through to the facts when your health is at stake. When you hear that something natural without doctor approval may cure your cancer, for example, you may be tempted to try it — and possibly end up sicker than before....

A ‘painless’ sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people. The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin’s surface. It is simple enough...

Celiac Disease

In response to a strict gluten-free diet, celiac disease symptoms are more likely to go away in children than in adults, researchers say. The study team found “faster and greater rates of improvements for most gastrointestinal (GI) and extra-intestinal manifestations of celiac...

Medicine

Medicine has become synonymous with drug therapy, a situation that is upsetting for patients and health care practitioners alike, and potentially dangerous. This is especially true for elderly patients, many of whom are taking multiple agents from different practitioners who tend...

Carbs

We eat more than we should—even when we’re focusing on healthy foods. (Yeah, you already knew that one.) For people controlling diabetes, portion sizes of carbohydrate foods determine how much medication they need or how their blood glucose responds. Try this rule of thumb...

Painkillers

A fresh study suggests there may be a link between taking high doses of common anti-inflammatory painkillers – such as ibuprofen – and heart attacks. The paper, published in The B Are the painkillers definitely to blame? Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of statistics...

pesticides

People who are exposed to pesticides may face an increased risk of liver cancer, a new meta-analysis suggests. Pesticide exposure was associated with a 71 percent increased risk of liver cancer , according to the meta-analysis, which was presented on April 3 at the American Association...

Antibiotic

People who take antibiotics for a long time are more likely to develop growths on the bowel which can be a precursor to cancer, a study suggests. Researchers say this adds to emerging evidence that the diversity of bugs in the gut could have role in the development of tumours. Their...

Ibuprofen

Taking ibuprofen to ease a headache may seem like no big deal, but Danish researchers caution against overdoing it. A study in the European Heart Journal suggests that ibuprofen, one of America’s most popular painkillers, raises a person’s risk of cardiac arrest by 31%. Other...

Zika Virus To Heart Problems

For the first time, doctors have tied infection with the Zika virus to possible new heart problems in adults. The evidence so far is only in eight people in Venezuela, and is not enough to prove a link. It’s also too soon to know how often this might be happening. The biggest...