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'Crocus drug' studied for cancer

Monday Sep 12 2011

Many newspapers have reported today that a substance found in the autumn crocus, a flower native to Britain, has been turned into a “smart bomb” against cancer. The newspapers reported that the targeted treatment...

Men who have sex with men can now give blood

Friday Sep 9 2011

The long-standing ban preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood is to be lifted, the Department of Health has announced. Restrictions put in place in the 1980s stated that men...

Stroke stem cell trial extended

Friday Sep 2 2011

The world’s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat stroke has recorded no adverse effects to date, BBC News has reported. The BBC website reports that research using stem cells to treat strokes “is set to...

Bread 'often high in salt'

Friday Sep 2 2011

“Popular loaves of bread contain as much salt in every slice as a packet of crisps and some are as salty as seawater,” The Daily Telegraph has today reported. These estimates are based on a survey...

Low health risk from bird flu

Wednesday Aug 31 2011

The United Nations has this week warned of a possible global resurgence of the bird flu virus, which has been widely covered in the media. News sources, such as the BBC, have also reported the circulation of a...

Coral studied for sunscreen abilities

Wednesday Aug 31 2011

The Daily Express reported today that a “pill that stops you getting sunburn” could “prevent thousands of skin cancer deaths” and be “widely available in the UK within five years”.

Precautionary warning on Nurofen Plus

Friday Aug 26 2011

Many newspapers have reported today that some packets of Nurofen plus have been found to contain the wrong medicine. A warning has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Sleep apnoea in the spotlight

Thursday Jul 28 2011

Many newspapers reported today that Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour party, has had successful surgery on his nose to correct a breathing problem. According to The Daily Telegraph, Miliband revealed in April that...

Six to eight glasses of water ‘still best’

Wednesday Jul 13 2011

Many newspapers have reported today that “government advice to drink six to eight glasses of water a day is nothing but "thoroughly debunked nonsense" (The Daily Telegraph).

Help get medicines right, patients urged

Tuesday Jul 12 2011

Patients whose care switches between doctors, hospitals and other care providers run the risk of getting the wrong medicine or the wrong dose of medicine, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The society has launched...

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