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Big Pharma smart, folk medicine smarter. Scientists are only now beginning to understand how traditional medicines works, and in their latest research have established that elderberry is a potent anti-viral that can combat seasonal flu.
Cholesterol-lowering statins can trigger an attack of shingles (herpes zoster). The drugs increase the risk of developing the painful viral infection—and that's especially a concern among the elderly, who are usually the target for statins and are also more likely to suffer from a bout of shingles.
Medicine doesn't have many answers to stomach cancer—the third deadliest in men—but scientists have identified four naturally-occurring compounds that can both treat and prevent the disease.
Add some raspberries to your breakfast if you want to prevent—or even reverse—type 2 diabetes.
Around 60 health professionals, including 31 doctors, have been accused of behaving like drug dealers after they were charged with illegally prescribing more than 32 million opioids. Some traded prescriptions for sexual favors, and a dentist pulled healthy teeth to justify prescribing the painkillers.
A good night's sleep is important to all of us—but some of us may believe a few 'sleep myths' that stop us from getting our required seven hours or so.
A resting heart rate of anything between 50 to 100 beats a minute (bpm) is usually considered to be healthy—but scientists now reckon that anything above 75 when you're in your fifties is an indicator of an early death.
Statin drugs aren't working for half the people taking them to control their cholesterol levels.
Around 100,000 Americans die each year from an infection passed on by their doctor because he hadn't washed his hands between seeing patients.