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Thalidomide, the morning sickness drug that caused appalling birth defects in more than 10,000 babies in the 1960s, is still being prescribed to young women who become pregnant—and three women had to have an abortion last year after being exposed to the drug.
We pop an artificial sweetener—such as aspartame, sucralose or stevia—into our hot drink to help us keep the weight off. But they could be doing the exact opposite if we use them for a long time, and not only will we put on the pounds, sweeteners also raise the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
There are 27 stressful events that can age our brain by up to four years, and increase the risk of dementia, researchers have found.
Corticosteroids are a standard drug for asthma sufferers—but they could be making the problem worse in some cases.
Drinking a cup of coffee every day could help you live a little longer. The protective effects of the drink add three months to your life if you're a man, and one extra month if you're a woman.
The two types of laboratory mice that have been used for more than a century in medical research are so different from humans that drugs that successfully combat health problems in the animals could be doing harm to us.