Homeopathy is "rubbish" and shouldn"t be available on the NHS, says chief medical officer

Homeopathy is 'rubbish' and shouldn't be available on the NHS, says Britain's top doctor NHS spends 4m a year on homeopathy treatmentsAlternative therapy involves treating 'like with like', using very diluted substancesDame Sally and the BMA say it is due to placebo effectDefenders say homeopathy has passed more clinical trials than it had failedHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Prince Charles have both endorsed treatment By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 17:30 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 24 January 2013 Homeopathy was condemned as ‘rubbish’ by Britain’s chief medical officer yesterday, who admitted she is ‘perpetually surprised’ it is available on the NHS.

Young people who smoke cannabis are more likely to be addicted to cigarettes in later life

Young people who smoke cannabis are more likely to get hooked on cigarettes in later life Exposure to THC, main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can increase addictive properties of nicotineCigarettes often considered a 'gateway' to other drugs, but this shows the reverse can be true By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:52 GMT, 11 January 2013 Exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can increase the addictive properties of nicotine Young people who smoke cannabis are also more likely to become addicted to cigarettes – increasing their risk of heart disease and lung cancer.

Botox jabs could be the latest weapon in treating severe depression

Could Botox jabs could be the latest weapon in treating severe depression – because it stops you LOOKING miserableIn a US trial, the treatment relieved symptoms in more than a quarter of patients – compared to just seven per cent of those given a placeboScientists believe it works because it physically stops people frowning, something which can trigger negative emotions | UPDATED: 18:18 GMT, 28 December 2012 Scientists believe Botox could help to treat mental illness It has long been recognised for its wrinkle-busting properties.

Caught a cold? Don¿t bother taking vitamin D – scientists say no evidence supplement will fend of the sniffles

Caught a cold Don’t bother taking vitamin D – scientists say no evidence supplement will fend of the sniffles Volunteers who took sunshine vitamin had as many colds as those taking placeboThere was also no difference in how long colds lasted or in their severity | UPDATED: 13:08 GMT, 3 October 2012 Loading up on vitamin D is unlikely to prevent the common cold this winter, according to new research.

Suffering from headaches? Leave the painkillers and just drink water

Suffering from headaches Leave the painkillers and just drink water | UPDATED: 22:59 GMT, 10 August 2012 Scientists found drinking around seven glasses a day was enough to ease pain and improve the quality of life in patients Next time you have a headache, you might be better off leaving the painkillers in the packet and just drinking a glass of water.

Homeopathy may be hokum but GPs can learn from it

Homeopathy may be hokum but GPs can learn from it | UPDATED: 01:07 GMT, 19 June 2012 A homeopath will say they are prescribing 'dilutions' of treatments, but these are so dilute they're only water A friend of mine has a chronic disease, an inflammatory arthritis that causes pain and swelling in many of her joints.

How statins "leave 40% of women patients exhausted": Those at low risk better off NOT taking them, scientists say

How statins 'leave 40% of women patients exhausted': Those at low risk better off NOT taking them, scientists say | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 12 June 2012 The energy-sapping effect of taking statins is greater than previously thought, scientists said last night.

Happy pill that eases the agony of arthritis

The 'happy pill' that eases the agony of arthritis | UPDATED: 07:26 GMT, 24 April 2012 Getting moving again: Doing the Charleston could become a lot easier thanks to a 'happy pill' that is tipped to ease the pain of arthritis A ‘happy pill’ that costs less than a pound a day could help ease osteoarthritis pain.

Think the drugs your GP gives you are safe? Well, don"t be so sure

Think the drugs your GP gives you are safe Well, don't be so sure | UPDATED: 00:50 GMT, 24 April 2012 We are all swallowing an increasing number of pills, not just to treat disease but to cut the risk of getting a disease in the first place.