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Doctors are routinely prescribing a drug to treat overactive bladder that can trigger dementia. The drug, Ditropan (oxybutynin), is given to around a quarter of elderly patients with the problem in the US, even though safer options are available.
Moderate alcohol drinking—which is around 10 small glasses of wine a week—does protect you against the most common diseases of the heart, such as angina, heart failure and stroke, but heavy drinking increases the risk, a major study has concluded.
Great news this week if you're on a gluten-free diet. Scientists have come up with a way to bake bread that tastes and feels like a regular wheat loaf.
Complementary and alternative health groups are facing a legal challenge to their charitable status following a campaign by Simon Singh and his own charity, the Good Thinking Society.
A lack of vitamin D—the 'sunshine vitamin'—seems to play a key part in the development of autism. Women who are given vitamin D supplements during the first trimester of their pregnancy are far less likely to have a child who has the condition, say researchers.
Scientists are unable to reproduce the results of trials that had found a drug was effective, and which helped get it approved. Around 70 per cent of researchers say they have been unable to replicate the results of drug trials—which suggests they were falsified or given too much of a positive spin.
Type 2 diabetes doesn't have to be a life sentence—it can be reversed in just four months by cutting back on the food we eat, researchers have discovered.