MEDICINE

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...

Fever is the body's natural defence against cancer

Reducing a fever is one of the first things a doctor tries to do—but a raised body temperature naturally protects us against infection and even tumours, new research has found....

Just one milkshake triggers the start of heart disease

  How many high-fat meals and drinks do you have to consume to trigger the start of heart disease? The bad news is that just one milkshake will do...

Routine vaccines protect only for 10 years or so

  The routine childhood vaccines are not as effective as we've been assured. An "imperfect vaccine" is partly to blame for the gradual rise in cases of whooping cough...

Opioid epidemic fuelled by doctors who 'forget' they've written a...

The opioid epidemic—which has turned millions of people into addicts—has been fuelled by doctors who have forgotten just how many prescriptions they have written out to patients, a new survey...