DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions

‘Why do I keep getting these painful mouth ulcers?’: DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions I have recurring mouth ulcers, which my research suggests is something called Sutton disease II. My doctors haven’t mentioned this, though. I am otherwise healthy but the ulcers make me feel run down and treatments don’t work. I am 57. Dave Keeping, via email. […]

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Experts Answer Your Questions

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2020 — Two new COVID-19 vaccines, developed at record-setting speed, are soon to be assessed by U.S. agencies for emergency use in combating the ongoing pandemic. Advisory panels of infectious disease experts this week will assess a vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech — a vaccine that Britain began administering to its […]

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Study questions blood pressure drug guidance based on age and ethnicity

No evidence found to support differing advice according to age and ethnicity Current UK guidance on drug treatment for high blood pressure—which differs depending on a patient’s age and ethnicity—could be simplified in line with other international guidelines, suggests a study published by The BMJ. The results show similar reductions in blood pressure for three major drug types in people […]

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Research raises questions about how eager people will be to receive COVID-19 vaccine

New research shows consumers strongly prefer “natural,” not synthetic, products to prevent ailments. That presents a dilemma. Medical researchers are racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. When they do, how receptive will consumers be? “Vaccines are technically a treatment to prevent an ailment,” said Sydney Scott, assistant professor of marketing at Olin Business School at Washington University in St. […]

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DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions

Should I pay privately to have my teenage son vaccinated against HPV? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions Question:  Should I pay privately to have my teenage son vaccinated against HPV? I have just read that this virus is linked to prostate cancer.  Helen Wood, by email.  Answer:  A good question. Talk of viruses and v­accination has been leading […]

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If prescribed opioids for pain, ask lots of questions: FDA

(HealthDay)—If your doctor prescribes opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine or morphine for you, there are a number of questions you should ask, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises. Opioids can be used to treat certain kinds of acute and chronic pain, but can have some serious side effects, most notably addiction. If you’re prescribed opioids, the FDA […]

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Your coronavirus questions answered by our leading health experts

Could I catch coronavirus from my dog or cat? Your coronavirus questions answered by our leading health experts Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID We are now firmly in week five of lockdown, and questions on how we should go about our daily lives, and the risks we face, remain important. We asked for your queries about […]

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The new coronavirus: Your questions answered

A new coronavirus is spreading around the world, having caused nearly 100,000 illnesses and thousands of deaths globally. Here are answers to some basic questions about the new coronavirus. What is the new coronavirus? Coronaviruses constitute a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. The new virus is a type of coronavirus that […]

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Are you in danger of catching the coronavirus? 5 questions answered

The Chinese government has quarantined Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people, and it has restricted travel to and from several other cities, including Beijing, to contain the coronavirus that has sickened more than 800 people and killed at least 25 as of Jan. 23, 2020. A case has been reported in Seattle, and officials are monitoring a patient […]

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