MEDICINE

Docs still prescribing same levels of opioids

Doctors are unfazed by the epidemic of opioid abuse that has destroyed families and communities—they are still prescribing the painkillers at the same rate as before, a new study has...

Cannabis is a powerful cancer fighter

Medical cannabis isn't just an effective painkiller. It's also a powerful cancer fighter, tripling survival rates, say researchers who hope it can be introduced into cancer clinics 'almost immediately'. ...

'Mind tactics' on doctors are tripling opioid prescribing

Tactics from the world of behavioural science are being used on doctors to encourage them to prescribe more drugs, such as statins, opioids and the flu vaccine. ...

Lyme disease ticks attracted to people with Type A blood

If you're going out for a woodland walk and your blood group happens to be Type A, then cover up—you're much more likely to be bitten by a tick that...

200,000 Americans die each year from medical errors

Around 200,000 Americans die each year because of some mistake a medic makes—and those errors are most likely to happen when the doctor is suffering from burnout, a new study...

Stop prescribing anticonvulsants for back pain, doctors urged

Doctors are a resourceful bunch, and they'll often go 'off-label' to prescribe a drug for a condition for which it was never intended. One of the latest examples is the...

Probiotics halve bone loss in the elderly

Probiotic supplements halve the rate of bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis and fractures, two big health worries as we get older, and especially for women after the menopause....

Tattoo? Check your immune system first

Every second person seems to have a tattoo these days—but instead of checking out the best designs, you should make sure your immune system is healthy first. A tattoo can...

A big circle of friends keeps your brain young

We may dream of moving to a quiet village when we retire—but it could be the worst thing we do for our mental health and wellbeing. People who stay connected...
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