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New hepatitis C drug treatment 'shows promise'

Monday Apr 14 2014

New hepatitis C drug 'show promise'

"A new treatment for hepatitis C 'cured' 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, scientists said," BBC News reports after a new drug protocol designed to target the protein that assists the spread of the virus through the body has shown promising…

Effectiveness of Tamiflu and Relenza questioned

Thursday Apr 10 2014

The Cochrane Collaboration has thoroughly reviewed evidence for neuroaminidase inhibitors

“Ministers blew £650 MILLION on useless anti-flu drugs,” the Daily Mail reports. The paper cites a large study, which investigated the effectiveness of the antiviral drugs Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir).

Does paying drug users boost hep B jab uptake?

Wednesday Apr 9 2014

Cash incentives for drug users boosts hepatitis B jab uptake

"Heroin addicts are being 'bribed' with £30 in shopping vouchers for agreeing to undergo vaccinations," The Daily Telegraph reports, while the Daily Mail said addicts were to get a "£10 supermarket 'bribe' to stay clear of…

Painkiller use linked to irregular heartbeat

Wednesday Apr 9 2014

Painkiller use linked to irregular heartbeat

“Painkillers used by millions of Britons have been linked to higher risk of an irregular heartbeat that could trigger a stroke,” the Mail Online reports.

Ketamine tested as severe depression treatment

Thursday Apr 3 2014

Ketamine tested for severe depression

“The illegal party drug ketamine is an ‘exciting’ and ‘dramatic’ new treatment for depression,” BBC News reports. A small study found that some people with severe depression responded well to the drug...

Probiotics 'no good' at treating infant colic

Wednesday Apr 2 2014

Probiotics 'no good' at treating infant colic

"Probiotics 'don't ease' baby colic," the Mail Online reports. A small, though well-conducted, study suggests that probiotics – "friendly bacteria" – could actually make symptoms worse…

No proof Earl Grey can fight heart disease

Tuesday Apr 1 2014

Earl Grey unproven as replacement for statins

“A cup of Earl Grey 'as good as statins' at fighting heart disease,” reports The Daily Telegraph, entirely without proof. The science behind this headline did not show Earl Grey was as good as statins…

Statins 'improve erectile dysfunction symptoms'

Tuesday Apr 1 2014

Statins – a low cost alternative to Viagra?

“How statins could boost your love life: Cholesterol lowering drugs ‘reduce erectile dysfunction’,” reports the Daily Mail. The paper reports on a small but well-conducted analysis of existing data into statin use and symptoms of erectile dysfunction...

Could Botox be used to treat severe asthma

Tuesday Mar 25 2014

Botox – treatment option for severe asthma?

“Botox is commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, but new research suggests it could be used to help asthma sufferers,” the Mail Online reports. While early results seem encouraging, the research being reported on is still at proof of concept stage…

Statins may slow progression of MS

Wednesday Mar 19 2014

Statins may slow progression of MS

"Multiple sclerosis patients may benefit from statins," The Guardian reports. A UK study has found that the cholesterol lowering drugs also slows shrinkage to the brain in people living with MS…

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