Health

Flu vaccines may lower immune system, studies show

Flu vaccines may lower immune system, studies show

A new study suggests that the flu vaccine helps to weaken the immune system. Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that women who received the flu vaccine had a weakened immune system. Pregnant women were found to be particularly vulnerable to the complications of the flu vaccine. Speaking about the study, Lisa Christian, associate professor and[Read More...]

Drug designed for acid reflux linked to stomach cancer

Drug designed for acid reflux linked to stomach cancer

A drug designed for acid reflux has been linked to stomach cancer, according to new findings. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) help to treat acid reflux and stomach ulcers by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. A study published by the University of Hong Kong and University College London showed that PPIs more than doubled the risk of developing[Read More...]

Pharmaceutical giants threaten to sue the NHS over use of a drug that could save the NHS millions

Pharmaceutical giants threaten to sue the NHS over use of a drug that could save the NHS millions

Pharmaceutical companies are threatening the NHS with legal action for selling an affordable version of a drug that is effective against blindness. Avastin, an anti-cancer drug has been used by 12 NHS Commissioning Groups (NCGs) in the North-East of the UK, because it is 10 times cheaper than the licensed drug Lucentis and ten years ago, it was proven to[Read More...]

Radiation levels in Sweden still high thanks to Chernobyl

Radiation levels in Sweden still high thanks to Chernobyl

The radioactive legacy of Chernobyl shows no sign of abating, according to recent reports. Wild boars in Sweden have been tested and found to have unusually high levels of radiation, 31 years after the disaster. Ulf Frykman, who works for the environmental consultancy Calluna, this week issued an alert to local hunters in the country of Gävle, about 100 miles[Read More...]

Supermarket pork “may have infected thousands with hepatitis virus”

Supermarket pork “may have infected thousands with hepatitis virus”

Hundreds of people may have been infected by the Hepatitis (HEV) virus after buying pork from Tesco’s, it has been reported. Researchers at Public Health England (PHE) assessed the shopping habits of 60 people infected with hepatitis E, or HEV, and found that the consumption of ham and sausages from the supermarket was a recurring feature. PHE has been under[Read More...]