Popular Chinese medicine used for migraines could be FATAL, warn watchdogs

Popular Chinese medicine used for migraines could be FATAL, warn health watchdogsZheng Tian Wan is unregulated but available in the UKMedicine contains herb known as Queen of PoisonsCould be toxic for the heart and nervous systemExperts urge anyone who has taken herb to visit GP By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 16:40 GMT, 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:54 GMT, 18 April 2013 The plant remedy contains aconite a herb once dubbed the 'Queen of Poisons' A herbal medicine used by alternative practitioners to treat migraines could be fatal.

"Rapid response" operation that cuts risk of new strokes by a third

'Rapid response' operation carried out within 24 hours of suffering a mini-stroke cuts risk of another episode by a thirdSurgery offered to patients within 24 hours of a 'mini-stroke'Carotid endarterectomy operation cuts risk of new stroke by a third By Martyn Halle PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:57 GMT, 2 March 2013 Rapid response: How the operation is carried out Patients who have suffered a mini-stroke are now being offered ‘rapid-response’ surgery to prevent the condition worsening and leading to a full stroke.

A case of lazyitis? Not bothering to exercise should be treated as a medical condition

A case of lazyitis Not bothering to exercise 'should be treated as a medical condition'More doctors would prescribe supported progressive exercise if inactivity was treated as a medical condition, says Mayo Clinic expert | UPDATED: 15:57 GMT, 14 August 2012 A prolonged lack of exercise causes the body to become deconditioned It is common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity, which is a common cause of diabetes, high blood pressure and joint damage.

Jennie Cosh: Student, 20, suffers shock stroke at dinner with parents

'It could happen to anybody': Student, 20, suffers shock stroke at dinner with her parents | UPDATED: 00:31 GMT, 24 July 2012 Shock: Jennie Cosh, who, despite being a 20-year-old with a healthy lifestyle, has suffered a stroke An apparently healthy student spoke of her shock today after suffering a stroke at the tender age of 20.

The drugs DO work: Painkillers are more effective than massage, TENS machines and hypnosis during labour

The drugs DO work: Painkillers are more effective than massage, TENS machines and hypnosis during labour | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 14 March 2012 New findings: Taking drugs to relieve pain in labour works better than alternatives such as massage, TENS machines and hypnosis, research has found Taking drugs to relieve pain in labour works better than alternatives such as massage, TENS machines and hypnosis, new research has found.

Elderly people with dementia "more likely to suffer falls" if they are given anti-depressants in care homes

Elderly people with dementia 'more likely to suffer falls' if they are given anti-depressants in care homesResidents taking SSRIs three times more likely to suffer an injury-causing fall Alternative psychiatric treatments to be investigated Elderly people with dementia are at greater risk of suffering a fall if they are given anti-depressants in care homes, say experts. It is known that the medication can cause a range of side effects including dizziness and blurred vision, but a move to newer drugs, known as known as selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), was hoped to reduce these symptoms