Talking Points

May 12th, 2015 The beauty industry is massive, a huge cultural force in a tight, symbiotic relationship with celebrities and the celebrity-oriented media. So by its very nature, it creates massive problems for anyone seeking to get to the truth about the products...

May 12th, 2015 Major search engines are providing irrelevant information that could lead to incorrect self-diagnosis, self-treatment and ultimately possible harm, research has found. Google reports that one in 20 of its 100bn searches a month was for...

April 21st, 2015 A group of US doctors is calling for television celebrity Dr Mehmet Oz's dismissal from his current faculty position at Columbia University. The physicians underline Oz's 'disdain' for evidence-based medicine, 'baseless and relentless opposition' to...

April 14th, 2015 Health consultant Dr Andrew Scheibe said criminalising drug use, especially dagga smoking, is possibly causing more harm than the drug itself. He was speaking at a roundtable discussion on the use of cannabis in South Africa hosted by the Department...

April 14th, 2015 Most health apps are 'mostly harmless and likely useless", writes Dr Des Spence, a British general practitioner, in a British Medical Journal debate. But he warns of the rise of apps used alongside wearable devices that monitor heart rate, blood...

April 7th, 2015 Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the US, after vitamins and minerals, according to the National Institutes of Health. At least 10% of Americans take fish oil regularly, most believing that the omega-3 fatty acids in...

March 31st, 2015 The exaggerated modern focus on food can be seen today in lifestyle movements such as 'raw', 'clean', and 'paleo', writes Rebecca Reynolds of the University of New South Wales, which led US doctor Steven Bratman to coin the term 'orthorexia...

March 24th, 2015 Doctors around the globe swear by statins, the world's most prescribed drug. Cardiologists point to millions of lives saved when heart attacks and strokes were prevented after patients started taking statins. But, reports Business Day, many disagree...

March 23rd, 2015 It’s grainy, it’s blurred. But a paramedic’s touching photograph of a Californian ER doctor doubled over, taking a moment to compose himself after losing a 19-year-old patient, has gone viral. ‘Hearing that a family member has died is such...
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