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High doses of common painkillers like ibuprofen increase stroke risk warn researchers

Commonly used painkillers increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes when taken at high doses or over the long term, according to research. Experts analysed more than 30 clinical trials on more than 116,000 patients to examine the effects of painkillers on people’s health. The fears relate to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as […]

Trial begins of polypill that could prevent heart attacks and strokes

The first trial among the over 50s in the UK of the “polypill”, a daily tablet combining several low-dose drugs that could protect against heart attacks and strokes, is being launched this month. The idea was proposed by two British professors in 2003. Prof Sir Nicholas Ward and Prof Malcolm Law, from the Wolfson Institute […]

NHS whistleblowers charter for consultation

NHS whistleblowers will be given greater protection under changes being considered in the aftermath of the nursing standards scandal at Mid Staffordshire hospitals. Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said a “culture of fear” had pervaded Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where between 400 and 1,200 patients died due to poor nursing care between 2005 and […]

Top doctor Sir Ian Gilmore calls for drugs law review

Decriminalising drug use could drastically reduce crime and improve health, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Physicians has said. Sir Ian Gilmore said the laws on misuse of drugs should be reviewed and that their supply should be regulated. He had formed his view after seeing the problems caused by dirty needles and […]

Trio of scientists who urged swine flu vaccine stockpiling had previously been paid by drug companies

Three scientists who drew up the key World Health Organisation guidelines advising governments to stockpile drugs in the event of a flu pandemic had previously been paid by drug companies which stood to profit. An investigation by the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit reporting unit, shows that WHO guidance […]

Chlamydia test after every new partner call

Women should be tested for chlamydia every time they have a new sexual partner to cut their chances of pelvic disease, UK researchers say. A study of 2,500 students found that annual screening is not enough to prevent cases of pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility. In those who were found to have chlamydia, […]