The Western diet really IS a killer: People who eat white bread, butter and read meat are most likely to die young

The Western diet really IS a killer: People who eat white bread, butter and read meat are most likely to die young Those who ate fried and unhealthy food had doubled risk of early deathKey culprits include red meat, white bread, butter, cream and sweet foods Findings 'help explain' why heart disease is still the UK's biggest killer By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 18:20 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:20 GMT, 16 April 2013 The typical Western diet, high in fat and sugar, really does lead to an early grave, new research suggests.

The signal jab that could banish back pain for good: Bone marrow injected into the spine could repair damage

The single jab that could banish back pain: Bone marrow injected into the spine could repair damage Bone marrow is being increasingly used to heal tissueTreatment involves injecting it into lumbar discs – small cushions of tissue between the bones in the spine By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 07:53 GMT, 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57 GMT, 12 April 2013 Back pain could be cured by a single injection in the spine, new research suggests.

On the way, a sleeping pill that promises no side effects and targets the root cause of insomnia

On the way, a sleeping pill that promises no side effects and targets the ROOT cause of insomniaDORA-22 works in a different way to existing sleeping pillsIt could usher in 'new era for insomnia treatment' say expertsThe NHS currently spends 50million a year on sleeping pills By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 00:31 GMT, 4 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:56 GMT, 4 April 2013 A pill which promises a good night’s sleep without side-effects could be on its way.

GPs urged not to prescribe sleeping pills and painkillers over fears millions of Britons are addicted

GPs urged to slash prescriptions of sleeping pills and painkillers over fears millions of Britons are addicted New guidelines advise doctors to consider alternative treatments such as physiotherapy and counselling62 million prescriptions for painkillers written out every year – and another 50 million for sleeping pills By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 16:02 GMT, 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:52 GMT, 17 January 2013 Family doctors are being told to slash prescriptions of painkillers and sleeping pills amid concerns that patients are becoming addicted.

Largest ever study into echinacea finds herbal remedy can protect against colds

Largest ever clinical study into echinacea finds herbal remedy CAN protect against colds | UPDATED: 08:34 GMT, 10 October 2012 The herbal remedy echinacea can prevent colds and is of most benefit to people who are prone to them, according to the largest ever clinical study of the herbal medicine.

Male contraception: Cutting of sperm"s power supply could make a man temporarily infertile

Off with their tails! Male contraceptive pill a step closer as scientists cut off the power supply that helps sperm swim Gene mutation disrupted their ability to swimResulted in sperm tails that were 17 per cent shorter and a 50 per cent reduction in sperm production | UPDATED: 12:05 GMT, 9 October 2012 Scientists have found a way to stop sperm swimming, making the long-awaited male contraceptive pill a step closer to fruition.

Statins don"t just help the heart – they may also protect against effects of binge-drinking, say scientists

Statins don't just help the heart – they may also protect against effects of binge-drinking, say scientists Cholesterol-lowering drugs lowered risk of pancreatitis by 21 per cent compared to placebo and other treatments | UPDATED: 09:16 GMT, 22 August 2012 Statins are taken eacy day by seven million adults in the UK Cholesterol-lowering drugs are taken by millions of Britons to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, but scientists say they could have another unexpected benefit.

Alternative medicines may be dangerous as studies fail to mention adverse effects

Alternative treatments 'may be dangerous' says complementary medicines expert, as studies fail to mention adverse effects Half of chiropractic treatment trials in study failed to mention if there were any adverse effects | UPDATED: 09:08 GMT, 14 May 2012 Alternative treatments may appear safer then they actually are, because studies fail to report adverse effects, according to the UK's only professor of complementary medicine.

Mixing herbal remedies with conventional GP drugs "could put lives at risk"

Mixing herbal remedies with conventional GP drugs 'could put lives at risk'Research shows the combination can trigger unwanted side effects and health problemsGreatest danger faced by younger and older people and those with multiple health conditions | UPDATED: 01:45 GMT, 3 May 2012 Findings: Dr Catherine Ulbricht Herbal and complementary treatments may put lives at risk when they are mixed with conventional medicines, an expert has warned.

100,000 women undergo brutal sexual mutilation illegally in Britain

100,000 women undergo brutal genital mutilation illegally in Britain (and some of the victims are as young as TEN)Police have failed to bring forward a single convictionOnly two doctors have ever been struck off by the General Medical Council. Victims often suffer in silence and sometimes battle to stand or walkOne doctor offered to perform the procedure on a 10-year-old girl for £750