Articles Posted December 2012

  • U.K.Government’s £80m for victims of thalidomide – but still no apology

    Survivors in England of the world’s worst drug disaster, which led to the birth of 10,000 grossly disfigured children worldwide, are to receive £80m in compensation from the Government to help with their increasing needs. The cash, to be paid over 10 years, will be divided between 325 of the victims of thalidomide, a drug […]

  • Antibiotics no more effective at relieving coughs and colds than a sugar pill

    The winter may be peak season for coughs and colds but there is no point in taking antibiotics to shift them, experts say. The largest randomised placebo-controlled trial of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections has shown that they are no more effective at relieving symptoms than taking a sugar pill. Even older patients given the […]

  • Thousands of Mistakes Made in Surgery Every Year

    More than 4,000 preventable mistakes occur in surgery every year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion in medical malpractice payouts, according a new study. How preventable? Well, researchers call them “never events” because they are the kind of surgical mistakes that should never happen, like performing the wrong procedure or leaving a sponge […]

  • Neurological disorder MMF found to be caused by vaccines: scientific proof

    It is a little-known condition that can trigger persistent and debilitating symptoms similar to those associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) and fibromyalgia, but is also one that the medical profession at large is still unwilling to acknowledge. And yet emerging research continues to show that macrophagic myofasciitis, or MMF, is a very real condition brought […]

  • Hepatitis C Drug May Cause Fatal Skin Reactions

    The oral hepatitis C drug telaprevir (Incivek) will now come with a boxed warning regarding the potentially fatal severe skin reactions that may occur in patients.     Vertex Pharmaceuticals stated that there have been reports of fatal cases in patients with a continuous rash and systemic symptoms who kept taking INCIVEK combination treatment after recognizing a […]

  • Just ONE soft drink a day increases prostate cancer risk

    The ill-effects of sugary soft drinks has been well documented but new research continues to show just how bad such beverages can be for you, especially over the long term. Now, according to a just-released Swedish study, drinking even one normal-sized soda per day can boost a man’s chances of developing more aggressive forms of prostate cancer. […]

  • Colorful Fruits, Vegetables – Key to Cancer-Fighting Diet

    Many cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables are at their nutritional peak in the winters, and it’s a good time to incorporate them into your diet, a nutritional expert advises.                              For example, research suggests that eating an apple a day really may keep […]