Use honey first for a cough, new guidelines say

Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend.

Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say.

Most of the time a cough will improve on its own within two to three weeks.

I took 57 painkillers a day to get high!

In December 2017 British woman Laura Plummer was jailed for three years for bringing 300 Tramadol painkiller tablets into Egypt. While the sentence shocked many in the UK, the case shone a light on a painkiller addiction problem blighting millions of Egyptians.

“When I was 15, we were playing PlayStation in a games arcade,

How out-of-pocket medical costs can get out of control

If you’ve seen a specialist in the private health sector, you’ll likely know the pain of out-of-pocket or “gap” costs.

They’re the fees charged by a medical specialist, minus the Medicare rebate and — if you have private health insurance — whatever your health fund is willing to cover.

What you pay varies greatly depending on who you see,