Doctor cleared of misconduct for ‘giving girlfriend pills that led to skin cancer’

David Hildick-Smith was accused of causing his ex-girlfriend’s skin cancer because she repeatedly fell asleep in the sun after he prescribed her sleeping pills (Picture: Cavendish) A doctor accused of giving his ex-girlfriend skin cancer because of the amount of sleeping pills he prescribed her has been cleared of misconduct. NHS consultant cardiologist David Hildick-Smith, 55, was accused of causing the melanoma because his girlfriend repeatedly fell asleep in the sun. But a disciplinary panel criticised the businesswoman for giving them a ‘victim laden account’ of her and the doctor’s…

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DR ELLIE CANNON: How can I keep my gummy eyes clean?

I keep getting eye infections, leaving them pussy and almost bruised. I am healthy and fit and do a hot compress daily, as advised by my GP. Anything else you advise? Swollen, red and itchy eyes are very common in people of all ages, and especially those with allergies and asthma. Some people might find they get a sticky substance around the eyelashes too, which can form a crust when it dries. Others complain of a feeling that grit or dirt is stuck inside the eye. When this keeps happening,…

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Doctors warned to tell patients powerful asthma drug montelukast can cause suicidal thoughts

Doctors have been warned to tell patients that a powerful asthma drug can cause suicidal thoughts or hallucinations. Official advice from the drug regulator is a victory for The Mail on Sunday, after we revealed that many patients, including children, said that montelukast had deeply affected their behaviour. They complained of nightmares, seeing grotesque things while awake and being gripped by suicidal urges after taking the drug, also known by the brand name Singulair. It is extremely effective at cutting the frequency of severe asthma attacks and is also used…

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Sex pill for women could also help weight loss

A pill that boosts women’s sex drive could also help weight loss. Flibanserin, dubbed the ‘female Viagra’, can help women shed up to five per cent of body weight.  In a study, a quarter of post-menopausal women taking the drug lost weight – three times as many as those in a placebo group.  Scientists from George Washington University said: ‘Appetite for sexual desire and food are regulated by common neural pathways.  ‘It may be that sexual fulfilment triggers a decrease in wanting, decreasing the drive for food.’ A pill that boosts…

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Why paracetamol should never be taken before lunchtime

Chronotherapy – how the body clock impacts drug efficiency – is said to be the key to ensuring we get the best out of our pills, from heartburn medication, to chemotherapy, and even aspirin More than 30 million of us take medication every day. For some it’s a single pill, but for others it’s several – some taken with food, some without.  A fifth of Britons over 70 take a staggering seven pills daily. And with instruction lists as long as your arm, precisely what time of day you should…

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Deaf teenagers are cured by a bionic implant in their skull

A bionic ear implant is to be offered for the first time to youngsters on the NHS, meaning deafness can effectively be cured at an early age. The breakthrough device consists of a battery-powered microphone and sound processor which are placed beneath the skin and within the skull near the ear. There is nothing on the outside of the head and the ear canal is left open – so the implant is invisible once in place. Six to eight weeks after the complex fitting procedure, it is switched on –…

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Quit Sugar health guru Sarah Wilson now loves to eat chocolate

Sarah Wilson (pictured) is the health guru who inspired millions across the globe to ‘quit sugar’ Sarah Wilson is the health guru who inspired millions across the globe to ‘quit sugar’. She did it herself, and – well, look at her. Slim, beautiful, and glowing with health. Who wouldn’t want to do whatever she’s doing? Her bestselling I Quit Sugar… book series rode a wave of public concern about sugar after a sensational 2015 report from the World Health Organisation highlighted fears about the damage too much of the sweet…

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Lip-filler clinics offer to carry out procedure on girl aged just 16

In the back room of an Essex leisure centre, the blonde-haired, buxom beautician hands Ellie Andrews a pot of numbing cream. ‘Apply this, all over your lips,’ she instructs. Ellie, from Northampton, is just 16 – but looks far younger. According to industry guidelines, she is two years too young for cosmetic procedures. Yet, without asking for proof of age, the beautician agrees to inject her with lip fillers – a thick gel that will sit under the skin, making her pout appear fuller. Safety risk: 16-year-old Ellie Andrews (above)…

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Flossing protects me from dementia and heart attacks, says DR MICHAEL MOSLEY

Like most people, I brush my teeth every day. But flossing? It’s a bit tedious. Hence, I suspect, why just a third of us do so regularly. And a third of the population admit to never flossing at all.  I was in this group until, a few years ago, I read a research article suggesting that flossing not only reduces the risk of gum disease, but might also cut my risk of having a heart attack. So, I began to floss every night. My enthusiasm for flossing has been boosted…

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Woman with tongue cancer gets a new one using skin from her arm

Rebecca Patterson underwent surgery to replace part of her tongue with skin from her arm (Picture: BPM Media) A woman diagnosed with tongue cancer underwent pioneering surgery to replace it using part of her arm. Rebecca Patterson was given the life-changing news shortly after getting engaged last April. The learning support assistant had a sore spot on her tongue and a white patch in her mouth for around eight years. Doctors initially diagnosed oral thrush but Rebecca, from Nottingham, was in so much pain she could barely speak or eat.…

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