I spend as many consultations pushing back against patients desperate for tablets to reduce their risk of heart attacks as trying to persuade people they really could increase their chances of a long and healthy life by taking high blood pressure medicine regularly.
This week brings news that whether you take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen for a week, a month or longer, you still increase your risk of heart attack.
Many of us can't imagine a good night out (or in) without a glass or two of wine. Worryingly, the fastest growing group of 'hazardous' drinkers is women in their mid-40s to mid-60s. More worrying still, many don't know they have a problem until it's too late.
Everyone itches now and again, usually due to insect bites, eczema, allergy, or irritation from something you've touched. Sometimes itching can be a sign of more serious illness - so how can you tell the difference?