The Giants at the Heart of the Opioid Crisis

There are the Sacklers, the family that controls Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. There are the doctors who ran pill mills, and the rogue pharmacists who churned out opioid orders by the thousands. But the daunting financial muscle that has driven the spread of prescription opioids in the United States comes from the distributors […]

Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog

Image copyright Science Photo Library Older women are being exploited by IVF clinics “trading on hope”, the fertility watchdog has warned. Sally Cheshire, chairwoman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), told the Daily Telegraph some private clinics were using “selective success rates” to target older women. IVF is less likely to be successful […]

Campaign to tackle ‘botched’ cosmetic procedures

Image copyright Rachael Knappier Image caption There have been calls for more regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as lip fillers A campaign to tackle “botched” cosmetic procedures is to be launched by the government in England next month. It follows a rise in people seeking surgeries such as a “Brazilian butt lift” abroad, which […]

Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly one-in-10 heart attacks and strokes in England and Wales could be prevented if routine check-ups were better targeted, say researchers. Currently, people aged 40 and over are eligible to have their heart health assessed every five years. But UCL scientists say people at low risk are being checked too often […]

How Low Should Blood Pressure Go?

Q. What is the lowest a blood pressure should go? A. The lower limit for blood pressure is perhaps best defined by symptoms rather than numbers. In the early 1900s, life insurance companies began compiling actuarial data that established a link between increased blood pressure and increased risk of death. This insight led some doctors […]