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'Flu drug suicide risk'

The Story Tamiflu has been linked to increased risk of suicide, triggering questions over the safety of the only defence against bird flu, The Independent reports.

The Source Two cases of alleged suicide linked with the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) have been reported, involving a 17-year-old boy in February 2004 and a 14-year-old boy in February 2005 in Japan.

Expert View The European Medicines Agency said 'no causal relationship' had been identified between Tamiflu and psychiatric symptoms. 'The assessment of psychiatric events during Tamiflu treatment is difficult because other medicines are often taken at the same time. Patients with flu and a high fever can show psychiatric symptoms.'

'Sports pill scores in OA'

The Story A sports pill is better than conventional drugs for treating joint pain in osteoarthritis, the

Daily Mail claims.

The Source A study of 1,583 patients presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting in San Diego, US, found dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate improved knee pain in 79 per cent of OA patients with moderate to severe pain, compared with 69 per cent on celecoxib.

Expert View Dr Rod Hughes, a consultant rheumatologist at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey, said: 'The study shows an unequivocal benefit from these nutrient supplements in pain relief, without any of the side-effects found with anti-inflammatories. It might appeal as part of a self-management programme for OA knees in general practice.'

'Decaf bad for the heart'

The Story Decaffeinated coffee may cause heart problems, The Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail and BBC News Online warn.

The Source A study of coffee drinking in 187 people presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Dallas found people who drank decaffeinated coffee had an 18 per cent rise in fatty acids in their blood, which can increase LDL cholesterol.

Expert View Judy O'Sullivan, a spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation and a cardiac nurse, said: 'This study throws up some interesting questions about the potential heart risks and benefits of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. However, as the study was quite small and short-term it is too soon to draw any firm conclusions.'

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