InsHealth: Conflicted Medicine 3/3 26 Aug 1408/26/14
Dr Mark Porter examines how powerful lobbying groups like the food and alcohol industries steer public health policy in the direction that suits them most.
InsHealth: Conflicted Medicine 2/3 19 Aug 14
Dr Mark Porter examines the hidden conflicts of interest that may affect how your GP or specialist treats you. He discovers that the advice patient groups give you is also not immune to the influences of organisations such as pharmaceutical companies.
InsHealth: Conflicted Medicine 1/3 12 Aug 14
Are conflicts of interest in medicine out of control and undermining public trust, or an over-hyped concern? Dr Mark Porter investigates the hidden influences driving your doctor.
InsHealth: HIV & MS; black skin & cancer; iron overload; smell
Mark finds out why HIV might protect against MS, how much is black skin at reduced risk of skin cancer, iron overload and the training that helps recover a lost sense of smell
InsHealth: Back pain & Paracetamol, Blood clots, Drug driving, Kidney...
New research which shows that paracetamol doesn't help back pain; the overuse of blood thinning drugs; new laws on limits for driving on prescribed drugs, and treating kidney stones.
InsHealth: Statins; Cholesterol spreads; Bowel dis; Singers nodules 22...
Dr Mark Porter counters reports of Crohn's disease and junk food, why teachers' voices need a rest, evidence for cholesterol lowering spreads; is it harmful to cook with olive oil?
InsHealth: Screening for Breast Cancer 15 Jul 14
Earlier this year Switzerland became the first country in Europe to decide to stop routine screening. Yet here in the UK a similarly comprehensive review – led by Sir Michael Marmot and looking at the same evidence – came to the opposite conclusion....
InsHealth: Ebola, Bike saddles, Recording consultations, Insect bites...
Dr Mark Porter discusses the risk of Ebola cases in the UK, why bike saddles could cause erectile dysfunction, the pros and cons of recording consultations and insect bites
InsHealth: Statins;cancer survival rates;reflux;recycling drugs
Dr Mark Porter returns with a new series to address confusion about Statins for more people. And he turns patient when he is investigated for persistent heartburn. Plus should GP's who miss cancers be named and shamed and why drugs can't be recycled.
InsHealth: Patients dying of thirst, Paracetamol, Saturated fats,...
Headlines this week claim that 'thousands of patients die in hospital of thirst' but did the authors of the study actually analyse hydration? Mark Porter investigates the evidence for using Baclofen to treat alcoholism and hears how it helped a...
InsHealth: Skype consultations, Low fibre diets, Testosterone 15 Apr 14
Dr Mark Porter investigates the dramatic increase in testosterone prescribing; Low fibre diets - why eating high fibre is not always recommended; And Skype with your GP.
InsHealth: Anti-virals for flu, Body fat check, Patients' weight, Body...
The evidence for anti-virals and flu. Mark Porter gets his body fat checked. How GPs should raise the issue of a person's weight? And concern about total body scans.
InsHealth: Care of the dying, Birdsong in GP surgeries, Sex development...
With a replacement of the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway expected over the next few months Professor Keri Thomas, National Clinical lead for End of Life Care, debates the need for change and calls for a more personalised care for the dying. And...
InsHealth: Stress & pregnancy, CBT for insomnia, Cluster headache,...
Stress and pregnancy; Why insomnia can often be mismanaged despite there being an effective drug-free treatment; Cluster headaches and why can they appear when the clocks change; Smoking and mental health.
InsHealth: Cervical cancer & HPV, Oral cancer & HPV, Eating late,...
Dr Mark Porter finds out why cervical cancer screening could change. Why the virus that causes cervical cancer is also behind a big rise in oral cancers. Orifice surgery. And when to eat.
InsHealth: Sugar, Prescriptions, Thrush, Iron & strokes 11 Mar 14
Is sugar really addictive? As the Chief Medical Health officer suggests that it is and a 'sugar tax' may have to be introduced, leading experts debate whether the white stuff on our table is really habit forming. How 40 year old research hidden away...
InsHealth: Selenium & Vit E, Velcro lung, Child constipation 25 Feb 14
Mark Porter investigates the risks for men taking selenium supplements, the dangers of the lung disease which makes your chest sound like Velcro, and constipation in children.
InsHealth: Loneliness, Statins, Cycle lanes & air pollution, Coughs &...
Loneliness and ill health, who should take statins, cycle lanes & air pollution and how often should coughs be treated with antibiotics?
InsHealth: Osteoarthritis, Paracetamol, Glucosamine, Chondroitin;...
As NICE issues its latest guidelines for treating osteoarthritis what roles do paracetamol and glucosamine have? Medicines for alcohol addiction. And how GPs use their gut instinct
InsHealth:Testosterone prescriptions;LaptopsLater School:Antidepressants
Are testosterone prescriptions linked to heart attacks? Do the hours spent on laptops or tablets before bedtime disrupt your sleep? Should there be later school start times for teenagers to match their natural bodyclocks? And a listener's concern...
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