Kava, a native plant of the South Pacific, significantly reduces the symptoms of people suffering anxiety
A new study suggests that people with depression suffer from an altered circadian rhythm that leaves them out of sync with inherent daily cycles
A microbe that naturally populates a healthy gut works in harmony with the body, say scientists, to balance weight and blood sugar
New evidence from Icelandic researchers shows that lack of sleep can more than double a man risk of prostate cancer
It’s Gut Feeling Week 2013 – and here are the answers to some of the most common questions about coeliac disease
Going gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived. Check out this fantastic 3 course gluten-free meal
The aloe plant has a long history of use for soothing burnt skin and helping to heal wounds and more besides
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The British Medical Journal’s Clinical Evidence group, which is engaged in reviewing the clinical effectiveness of medical procedures, shows that 66% of all treatments fall into the following categories: ‘Trade off between benefits and harms’, ‘Unlikely to be beneficial’, ‘Likely to be ineffective or harmful’ and of ‘Unknown effectiveness’.
How does this square with the basic principle of medical practice – ‘First do no harm’?