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Drugs that didn’t keep their promise

The medicines were called “disease-modifying” because they were supposed to slow down the disease itself. But earlier medications for arthritis didn’t do this. Several of them, however, had dangerous side effects. Why did patients take them anyway?

Fatigue an underestimated aspect of inflammatory bowel disease

Many of those who suffer from inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis also struggle with fatigue.

Many women needlessly take cholesterol-lowering drugs

More than half of middle-aged women who take cholesterol-lowering medicines called 'statins' have neither cardiovascular disease or diabetes, shows new research.

Children more likely to survive cancer if parents live together

A new study has found a correlation between family form and the survival chances of a child cancer patient.

New hypothesis: gut bacteria can make you fat

Scientists have a new hypothesis to explain how obese people store more fat, which might lead to better treatments for obesity related conditions.

Weight loss does not prolong the lives of diabetes patients

New study shows that the prescribed weight loss has no effect on cardiovascular disease and mortality among patients with type-2 diabetes.

One in three mentally ill patients with diabetes can be saved

Individualised treatment plans for patients suffering from both type-2 diabetes and mental illness could reduce their mortality by 33 per cent.

Obese people more susceptible to infection

Obese people are more likely to suffer from throat or lung infections, shows new research.

Genetic tests uncover lethal legacy — at a price

It’s become ever easier to test for mutations that increase a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer. But what kind of psychological burden does the test impose on women who take it?

Antibiotics are effective at treating asthma

Antibiotics reduced the number of sick days caused by asthma attacks in young children by more than 50 per cent, shows new study.