Health

Pain Killer Marketing Misleading the Public

A host of big-brand drugs firms have been charging huge mark-ups on painkillers virtually identical to their cheaper alternatives, it has emerged. Manufacturers have been accused of misleading the public by selling pills that claim to tackle different ailments but have the same active ingredients. The maker of Nurofen has been ordered by an Australian… [Continue Reading]

Smoking Causes Brain to Accelerate Ageing Process

Smoking accelerates normal brain ageing in ways that can impair thinking skills such as planning, decision-making and problem-solving, research has shown. The good news is that it might be possible to reverse the harmful effects by giving up the habit, even late in life, say scientists. Researchers analysed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan data… [Continue Reading]

Medicalising “Difficult” Prisoners To Prolong Their Imprisonment

The use by the prison system of in-house psychologists to medicalise the personality of “difficult” prisoners and prolong their imprisonment has become wide-spread and institutionalised. Historically the involvement and collusion of prison-hired doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists in the ill-treatment and repression of prisoners has a long and infamous tradition. In the 1960s and 1970s compliant… [Continue Reading]

Hidden horrors in your toothpaste

Could your toothpaste be harming your health? That’s the very real concern of a growing group of dentists who believe that far from being an essential part of our daily regimes, many commercial toothpastes contain substances detrimental to our health. These chemicals have been linked to possible oral and breast cancers, neural and cardiac ailments,… [Continue Reading]

Why Sugar Is Toxic To The Body

In 1957, Dr. William Coda Martin tried to answer the question: When is a food a food and when is it a poison? His working definition of “poison” was: “Medically: Any substance applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease. Physically: Any substance which inhibits the activity… [Continue Reading]

Prescription sleeping pills taken by more than one million Britons ‘can raise chance of developing Alzheimer’s by 50%’

Prescription sleeping pills taken by more than a million Britons may cause dementia, research shows. Those taking a group of tablets known as benzodiazepines are 50 per cent more at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. And patients who had been taking them for more than six months were 80 per cent more at risk. Researchers said… [Continue Reading]

42,000 ‘have early-onset dementia’

More than twice as many people in the UK develop dementia under the age of 65 than previously thought, according to new figures. More than 42,000 people are suffering from early-onset dementia, according to a report to be published later this week – far higher than previous estimates of 17,000. This includes thousands of people… [Continue Reading]