This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Fradd owed an apology?

'Even safe drinking is risky'

The story

Drinking within the Department of Health's recommended 'safe' limits could put people at risk of heart disease, the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph report.

The source

A 15-year study in the American Journal of Epidemiology scanned 3,000 people aged 33 to 45 for signs of atherosclerosis and related it to

earlier drinking habits. Consumers of seven to 13 drinks, less than the Government's top limit for men of 21 units, were

60 per cent more likely than teetotallers to have hardened arteries.

Expert view

Professor Sir Richard Peto, professor of medical statistics at the University of Oxford, said: 'It runs against so much other evidence that it's probably not true. Moderate alcohol consumption involves protection, not hazard.'

'Eczema creams cause Ca'

The story

Eczema creams could increase the risk of cancer, a report on the BBC's website suggests.

The source

The US Food And Drug Administration ruled that two eczema creams, Elidel and Protopic, should carry 'black box' warnings on potential cancer risk after findings from animal studies.

Expert view

Dr Catherine Harwood, a Cancer Research UK dermatologist, said while there were 'theoretical reasons' why the drugs may increase the risk of skin cancer, there was no 'hard data' on humans yet. 'They are very useful drugs. It's something we can't ignore but it seems the chances are remote.'

'Green tea fights cancer'

The story

Green tea could provide the next generation of anti-cancer treatments, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The source

An in vitro study in Cancer Research found a naturally occurring polyphenol called EGCG inhibits the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase, an established target for anti-cancer drugs.

Expert view

Sue Green, CancerBACUP senior cancer information nurse, said:

'The research is encouraging as

it has shown how a naturally occurring substance helps to

inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Identification of this process may help in the development of new

anti-cancer drugs at some point in the future.'

'Cure for early menopause'

The story

An ovary transplant procedure could offer a cure for an early menopause, The Times claims.

The source

The story cites a second success for ovary transplantation, in which a patient made infertile by treatment for sickle cell anaemia had her menstrual cycle restored. A cancer survivor successfully had a baby last year after the operation.

Expert view

Dr Martyn Walling, a GP with a special interest in female health in Boston, Lincolnshire, said:

'I would love to think this is right but we need more cases really. It's difficult to say on the basis of one case because I have had patients whose periods have returned after treatment.'

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say