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doctors

Medication & Treatment
March 28, 2016

What are generic drugs?

When you go to the chemist to get a prescription filled, there’s every chance that your pharmacist asks you if you’d prefer a generic. But are generic drugs made of the same ingredients as branded medicines, and do they work the same way? (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
June 30, 2015

Why you lie to your doctor

Most of us have done it: your doctor asks you if you’ve been exercising, taking your medication, or eating healthily. You say: “Yes! Yes, I have!” Only, your doctor didn’t see your Instagram update of that last heavenly waffle you ate! In the TV series House, Dr Gregory House is famous for saying: “Everybody lies”, and he isn’t wrong. (more…)
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Infections
July 21, 2014

Can we end AIDS by 2030?

Can the world have AIDS under control by 2030? The UN thinks it’s possible. The claim: According to the UN, new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS are decreasing, which means it could be possible to bring the epidemic under control by 2030, and eventually end it "in every region, in every country". What the claim is based on: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS can be transmitted via blood, breast milk and by semen during sex, but can be kept in check with cocktails of drugs known as antiretroviral therapy. So, twin approaches – reduce the number…
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Medication & Treatment
July 21, 2014

When to take a pill, when to see a doctor

You can’t afford to visit the doctor for every ache, pain or sniffle, and there are plenty of over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for everything from headaches to heartburn. But when does self-treating put you into the danger-zone? Here are some common examples: (more…)
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