What Personalised Medicine Could Mean For Your Health

Medicine has always been personal to some extent – a doctor looks for the best way to help the patient sitting in front of them. But with advances in technology, it is becoming possible to use the most unique of characteristics – our genomes –…

Prostate Cancer Screening Scan Hope

Hundreds of UK men are trying out a new screening test for prostate cancer to see if it should eventually be offered routinely on the NHS. The test is a non-invasive MRI scan that takes images of the inside of the body to check for…

Study Links Heartburn Drugs To Fatal Illnesses

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) — a widely prescribed group of medications that combat heartburn, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and ulcers — are the most widely prescribed class of drugs worldwide, with annual global sales of about $13 billion. More than 15 million Americans take the…

Bowel Cancer Rates Rising ‘Among Young Adults’

More young people under 50 are being diagnosed with bowel cancer, two studies of the disease in European and high-income countries have found. Although total numbers of cases in young people remain low, the studies highlighted a sharp rise in rates in 20 to 29-year-olds….

Smoking and Chronic Back Pain

As if there aren’t already enough reasons to stop smoking, chronic back pain sufferers – and those who want to avoid chronic back pain (and who wouldn’t?) – may have one more. Smoking is associated with an increased incidence of chronic pain, particularly back pain,…

Pregabalin/Lyrica Reclassified To A Class C Drug

A prescription drug linked to 33 deaths in 2017 in Northern Ireland will now be treated as a class C drug. Pregabalin – also known by the brand name Lyrica, or the street name bud – is an anti-epileptic drug also used to relieve chronic…

Cancer’s ‘Internal Wiring’ Predicts Relapse Risk

The “internal wiring” of breast cancer can predict which women are more likely to survive or relapse, say researchers. The study shows that breast cancer is 11 separate diseases that each has a different risk of coming back. The hope is that the findings, in…