Medicines

Independent and trusted reviews and tests of medicines, including cold and flu medicines, and pregnancy multivitamins, as well as advice about flu shots, and mixing medicines.

Promotion overdose

How much influence do drug companies have on what your GP prescribes you?

27 Aug 2008 | GPs are bombarded with marketing and promotions from drug companies. This can influence their prescribing habits — and this isn’t in the best interest of consumers.

Memory-enhancing pills

Can a pill improve brain function and help prevent dementia?

21 Jul 2008 | There are pills on the market that claim these benefits, and more. They can set you back anything from $10 to $70 a bottle. But do they work?

Glucosamine pills

Glucosamine review

It’s a popular alternative treatment for osteoarthritis but does it really work?

8 May 2008 | Does glucosamine help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis? The latest research casts some doubt on the matter.

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Flu shots

With winter approaching it’s time to get your annual flu shot.

4 May 2007 | The influenza virus is constantly changing so you need to get a flu shot every year to be protected against the most common strains.

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Throat lozengers

Relief or rip-off?

3 May 2007 | Most throat lozenges are unlikely to help relieve the pain and discomfort of a sore throat any more than sucking on a hard lolly or drinking hot water with honey and lemon.

Sleep aids

Sleep aids

Over-the-counter products are short-term solutions, but there are other ways to improve sleep.

9 Jan 2005 | Estimates vary, but something like 10–40% of the population has trouble from time to time either getting to, or staying, asleep.

Multivitamins

Multivitamins review and compare

Do you really need to take one?

6 Jan 2005 | Research shows that a balanced diet is still the best way to get your vitamins and minerals, and that diets high in whole grains, vegetables and fruit reduce the risk of cancers and other diseases.

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