Diclofenac: GPs "ignore heart risk" of drug used by millions

GPs 'ignore heart attack and stroke risk' of painkiller used by millions Research shows that taking the painkiller diclofenac increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 63 per centScientists are calling for the drug to be banned as safer alternatives availableUK's drugs watchdog said European safety review of diclofenac is underwayPatients told not to stop taking pill but do speak to your GP By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 01:08 GMT, 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:30 GMT, 13 February 2013 Diclofenac is widely prescribed for common ailments, including back pain and arthritis Doctors are writing millions of prescriptions a year for a painkiller that is known to raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study has warned.

How the obesity epidemic causes 22,000 cases of cancer each year

How the obesity epidemic causes 22,000 cases of cancer each year Academics have said thousands of Britons are being diagnosed with cancer as result of being too fatBeing overweight or obese is directly responsible for 22,138 cancer cases every year, new research showsExcess fat is second biggest cause of the disease after smoking, according to World Cancer Research Fund | UPDATED: 23:13 GMT, 3 October 2012 Being obese or overweight heightens the risk of at least seven types of cancer, researchers say More than 22,000 Britons suffer cancer every year because they are too fat, claim researchers.