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Today’s patients and their relatives are smarter than ever, with the internet at their fingertips to answer their every question, anywhere, anytime. In the past, medical knowledge was only present in medical journals, but later articles were published in magazines and newspapers, making it easier for doctors and patients to find out about new innovations and findings. 

Therefore, it is common for new treatments and technologies to be praised one day, and attacked with new findings later. Some medicines were discontinued because they were found to cause complications. One example would be
a painkiller that did not affect the stomach as much as the previous one. When it was first introduced, it was raved about, but soon it was discovered that the medicine could put the patients at risk of heart disease.

Even treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can also go wrong. The simple logic is that women have high oestrogen levels and low risk of narrowed artery or myocardial infarction compared to men of the same age. But as soon as they enter menopause, the oestrogen level drops and they start to experience narrowed arteries at a higher rate, almost as high as men of the same age.

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