Prescription Drugs

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

Tony Lobl | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.

The Promise of Placebos - and the Promise Beyond?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

Should You Be Pushy With Your GP? Professor Haslam Thinks So

Karin Sieger | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), says in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that patients should be more pro-active about their health and 'pushier' with their GPs. How realistic is his view, and where does our responsibility towards ourselves as patients start and that of a medical professional end?

Bridging the Gulf Between Addiction and Freedom

Tony Lobl | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Addiction is like a chasm opening up before you and enticing you to keep walking despite the dire consequences ahead. Not that you are likely to realise the dangers at the time. My addiction 'of choice' was gambling.

Nigella Lawson and Her Little White Lines

Daniel Warner | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

I'll be watching and listening intently to the animosity the case against those Grillo girls has generated between Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson, but in the meantime I'll be making the recipe for the 'Holiday Hotcake' that she tweeted yesterday (along with the #TeamNigella').

Therapy or Medication for a Citalopram Nation?

Daniel Warner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

It saddens me that for many who don't have a support network or the finance to see a therapist, they will be handed a box of pills to chemically alter their mood or thoughts.

Take a Chill Pill: Are Children's Games Creating A Nation Of Pill-Poppers?

Sandi Mann | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Children's games that encourage kids to use drugs for every minor or temporary complaint are not harmless fun. They are insidious in that their influence is creeping, hidden and wrapped in cute and cuddly packaging. They pave the way for a tacit acceptance of prescribed and even non-prescribed uppers, downers, relaxants and stimulants.

Students Warn Against Taking 'Smart Drug' Modafinil

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK

Students have been warned against taking a so-called "smart drug" to help them stay awake. There is rising concern that young people are using the ...

Are Drug Coupons a Valid Way of Saving Money?

Daley James Francis | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daley James Francis

Households all over the world are looking for as many ways as possible to save a little extra cash. We're told every five minutes that the recession i...

Could A Pill Cut Your Drinking By Two Thirds On A Night Out?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A "helpful" new drug which could help problem drinkers reduce the amount of alcohol they consume will today become available to UK patients. If dep...

Prescription Charges To Increase By 20p

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK

Prescription charges in England will rise 20p to £7.85 from April 1 under changes announced by ministers. Health Minister Earl Howe said NHS denta...

Scientists Warn Grapefruit Could Harm Patients Taking Prescription Drugs

PA | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Grapefruit poses a potentially lethal health risk to increasing numbers of patients taking prescription drugs, experts have warned. The fruit conta...

When Even Your Headache Pills Give You a Headache is There a Way Out of the Medical Maze?

Tony Lobl | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

So you've got a headache and you want to be rid of it. It's simple, right? You take a tablet. Or is it? As the Global Year Against Headache draws...

How Taking Different Drugs Shaped One Artist's Self-Portraits

The Huffington Post UK | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 28.08.2012 | Home

Drugs and experimentation: neither are new in the art world. But one artist could be seen to be more dedicated to the cause than others. Bryan Lewi...

Many Questions Still Unanswered in the Polypill Debate

Professor Peter Weissberg | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Peter Weissberg

Anyone reading the papers this week might have come away with the impression that all over 50s should be hot-footing it down to their local pharmacy and demanding a polypill. So why, you might be wondering, are we not adopting this 'one size fits all' approach straight away?

Are We Seeing a "Dematerialisation" of Medicine?

Tony Lobl | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

It's a well-known fact we just keep accumulating more "stuff". Or is it? It seems that material consumption in the UK might have reached its apex ...

Is Aspirin Advice Increasingly Hard to Swallow?

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Remember the advice to take aspirin even if you don't need it - because it can reduce the chances of heart attack and stroke?