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Heart Stents Are Useless for Most Stable Patients. They’re Still Widely Used.

When my children were little, if they complained about aches and pains, I’d sometimes rub some moisturizer on them and tell them the “cream” would help. It often did. The placebo effect is surprisingly effective.<p>Moisturizer is cheap, it has almost no side effects, and it got the job done. It was a …

Medicine

If You Can't Pass This Simple 10 Second Test, Science Says You're 5 Times More Likely to Die Sooner

And don't worry if you can't pass it today. With a little time and effort, you will.<p>Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life. No one wants their life to be cut unnecessarily short. But is it possible to predict whether you're at greater risk of mortality? According to a Brazilian physician, the …

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6 Science-Backed Cures For Insomnia

We all love getting an uninterrupted good night's sleep to wake up feeling refreshed and invigorated in the morning. However, each night, millions of …

Medical training is a tragedy waiting to happen. We shouldn't be silent about it

I don’t want to write about being married to a doctor but complicity in the silence around the pressures of practising medicine isn’t a victory for anyone<p>Are you a doctor in Australia struggling to cope with mental health issues?<p>My stomach lurched when I learned that Andrew Bryant, a husband, son, …

This Robot Completes a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Doc Bot<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, …

Medicine and Technology: 5 Medical websites you can trust.

One of the first things that a doctor says is to “avoid looking for medical information online,” and basically, they’re right. We can’t trust what …

Medicine

Which country has the world's best healthcare system?

We look at how patients pay for healthcare around the world and the general standard of care they might expect<p>Healthcare is a costly item in national budgets, but who gets the best value for money, and who the best outcomes? We compare the systems in some of the world’s leading countries for …

London must stop sucking up cash from the rest of Britain

It’s obscene that the capital gets whatever it wants – more bridges, concert halls, railways – while the regions are starved of funding<p>Britain’s capital city is becoming a spoiled brat. It is stupendously rich. It sucks population out of the rest of the country and then whinges when this drives up …

'Why You? Why Now?' A Med Student's Journal

I guess doctors, especially doctors-in-training, have to get used to sudden, inexplicable endings. You are trained to heal. That's the goal, that's the point. But every so often, you don't win. Something you didn't see coming, comes. I don't know which hurts more, the 'suddenly' or the 'why?" If …