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Are supplements safe and do they work?

Are supplements safe and do they work?

Health
The story of a man who ended up needing a liver transplant after taking green tea capsules has brought the topic of dietary supplements back into the news. What are some of the dangers of supplements and what are the health benefits?When Jim McCants started taking green tea pills he had hoped he was giving his health a shot in the arm.Instead, it appears the pills caused such serious damage to his liver that it required an urgent transplant.Experts point out that experiences like that of Mr McCants, are "extremely unusual". In the UK, supplements are subject to EU regulations over their safety and the health claims manufacturers make about the products. Approved supplements bought from reputable businesses are almost always going to be safe, provided the ...
Jo Brand on Strictly, strippers and… staying safe

Jo Brand on Strictly, strippers and… staying safe

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your device Jo Brand is a woman with staying power - she's been on our radar for the best part of three decades and the media have cast her as everything from man-hater to national treasure during that time.She's no man-hater, of course. And she'd prefer to "maintain a decent taint of national disgrace" than be a national treasure.The comedian recently hit the headlines when she rebuked Have I Got News For You panellist Ian Hislop for not taking sexual harassment seriously enough.Brand, who was hosting the show, said: "As the only representative of the female gender, it doesn't have to be high level [harassment] for women to feel under siege in somewhere like the House of Commons. And for women, if you're const...
Chandra X-ray Observatory goes into safe mode

Chandra X-ray Observatory goes into safe mode

Science
Oct. 12 (UPI) -- It's been a bad couple weeks in space. A week ago, technical difficulties forced engineers to put the Hubble Space Telescope's science mission on hold. Now, the Chandra X-ray Observatory is in safe mode, too. In a statement released on Friday, NASA confirmed Chandra, one of the most powerful telescopes in space, transitioned to safe mode earlier this week. During safe mode, the observatory's mirrors are pointed away from the sun and its solar panels are turned directly toward the sun. The satellite's most critical hardware is transferred to backup drives. "Analysis of available data indicates the transition to safe mode was normal behavior for such an event," according to NASA. "All systems functioned as expected and the scientific instruments are safe." Engineers are st...
Battles over safe Ebola burials complicate work in Congo

Battles over safe Ebola burials complicate work in Congo

Health
A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance that complicates efforts to contain a Congo outbreak, causing a worrying new rise in cases. The deadly virus' appearance for the first time in the far northeast has sparked fear. Suspected contacts of infected people have tried to slip away. Residents have assaulted health teams. The rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since the start of this month, experts say. Safe burials are particularly sensitive as some outraged family members reject health workers' guidance and put their own lives at risk. On Wednesday, a wary peace was negotiated over the body of an Ebola victim, one of 95 deaths among 170 confirmed cases so far, Congo's health ministry said. Her family dema...
US, Russian astronauts safe after failed launch

US, Russian astronauts safe after failed launch

Technology
The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed Thursday, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth. The crew landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan, but the aborted mission dealt another blow to the troubled Russian space program that currently serves as the only way to deliver astronauts to the orbiting outpost. It also was the first such accident for Russia's manned program in over three decades. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin had a brief period of weightlessness when the capsule separated from the malfunctioning Soyuz rocket at an altitude of about 50 kilometers (31 miles), then endured gravitational forces of 6-7 times m...