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Fish oils may raise prostate cancer risks, study confirms

Omega-3 fatty acids, made from fish oils, have been found to increase the risk of men developing prostate cancer. ITV’s Sascha Williams reports. Everyone knows that fish oil is good for you, right? It’s a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are marketed to reduce the risk of just about everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s. But a startling study shows men who have the highest levels of these compounds – the kinds found in fish but not in vegetable sources — have a higher risk of prostate cancer….

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UK reduces free health care services to foreigners

Proposals to charge more foreigners for using NHS services in England and to fix the “flawed” system for recovering costs have been unveiled. People from outside Europe staying for up to five years would face an annual charge of at least £200. Residency rules would be tightened on free treatment and more services, such as access to GPs, would be chargeable. Ministers say the NHS cannot be an international service but doctors say plans could pose a public health risk. The consultation document, published on Wednesday, outlines proposals aimed at…

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Not buying it: Medical professionals go generic, study shows

Researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business have news for OTC drug marketers who may feel comfortable that branded drugs are highly regarded among HCPs: Don’t be. Looking at Nielsen Homescan data that covered over 66 million shopping trips between 2004 and 2010, the researchers found that medical professionals were more likely to buy private-label headache remedies vs. branded ones than peers in non health-related fields because they know more. In addition to headache meds, researchers also looked at food and drinks and found the same thing: the more…

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