Safe’ HPV vaccine kills up to 1,700 young girls

Nearly 1,700 young girls in the US have died or suffered permanent disability after being given the HPV vaccine, new official figures reveal. The vaccine, which is designed to prevent cervical cancer, was introduced into the UK last autumn. A further 19,500 girls have suffered ‘non-serious’ reactions to the vaccine, which has been given to […]

Steroids not working for people with severe asthma

People with severe asthma are often classified as being ‘steroid-dependent’—but new research has discovered that the drugs are not working. In fact, asthmatics taking corticosteroids are suffering from greater airway obstruction than other sufferers not taking the drugs. In a new trial called U-Biopred, researchers from Imperial College London have taken samples from 300 children […]

Skipping breakfast increases heart attack risk

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—and now researchers have proved it. Skipping breakfast increases your chances of a heart attack, but so too does eating late in the evening. People who regularly skip breakfast have a 27 per cent higher risk of heart attack or cardiovascular disease that […]

Walnut and oil can keep the heart healthy

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Eating walnuts is one of the very best ways to keep your heart and cardiovascular system healthy.  The nut raises levels of the HDL ‘good’ cholesterol, and its oil helps maintain strong blood vessels. People with cardiovascular disease should take a sip of walnut oil after meals, say researchers from Penn State University, and everyone […]

Diet drinks and colas may cause diabetes

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Artificial sweeteners in diet drinks and colas aren’t inert—they change the way the body processes sugar, and they may cause diabetes, new research has found. The sweeteners cause a sudden blood insulin and glucose ‘rush’, which will eventually make the person insulin resistant, and, ultimately, diabetic. It had been thought that artificial sweeteners had no […]

Did Angelina get the right medical advice?

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Everyone admires Angelina Jolie’s courageous decision to have a double mastectomy after her mother had died from breast cancer—but did the doctors give her the best advice?  Although the Hollywood film star inherited the BRCA1 and 2 gene, which apparently doubles her cancer risk, the statistics hide a truth that is not quite so frightening. […]