News archive from 4 March 2013, page 16

High salt increases stroke risk

“The government's maximum daily salt intake target has been set too high for people to avoid unnecessary stroke and heart deaths,” the BBC reported. Newspapers also said that cutting the amount of salt in your diet by a teaspoon (5g) a day can reduce...

 

A healthy row at work?

A blazing row with your boss “may be good for your heart”, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper also said that male workers who do not complain about unfair treatment double their risk of a heart attack. The news is based on Swedish research...

 

Rates of heart disease in the young

“Heart risk rises for live-now generation” warns the headline in The Times today. The newspaper goes on to say that heart disease, which has been declining for 30 years, appears to be “back on the rise mainly among the young”. Evidence from the UK, US...

 

Will cleaning hurt your baby?

“Expectant mothers who use a lot of household cleaning products may increase the risk of their child developing asthma”, the Daily Mail reports. The article says that researchers claim to have found a link between wheezing and asthma in young...

 

Organ donation Q&A

The shortage of organs available for transplant would not be solved by introducing a new system of “presumed consent” of organ donation, a government appointed taskforce has concluded. At present, people must “opt in” by specifically placing their...

 

Probiotics in intensive care

Probiotics containing 'benign bacteria' could be used to protect critically ill patients from developing pneumonia,  BBC News said today. The news story said that patients on breathing machines are at risk of pneumonia, as harmful bacteria in the...

 

Transplant of 'grown' organ

A 30-year-old Spanish woman has become the “first transplant patient to receive an organ grown to order in a laboratory”, The Independent reported today. It said the woman’s damaged windpipe had been successfully replaced with a “bioengineered organ”....

 

New technique for heart attacks

“New heart attack operations cuts deaths” is today’s headline in The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper describes the study, which shows how deaths from heart attacks “could be halved” if the clots that cause heart attacks are removed before the surgery...

 

Spice for mice

“Research shows that the curry spice turmeric can help prevent heart failure and repair damaged hearts”, the Daily Mail reported today. The newspaper says that the researchers behind this study on mice hope that the findings could apply to humans...

 

Vascular checks

A “health MOT” could be offered to everyone over 40, the newspapers reported today. The NHS “plans to screen over-40s for heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and the risk of strokes”, said the Daily Mail. Announcing the national vascular check...

 

Snoring linked to chronic bronchitis

People who snore a few times a week are at a greater risk of developing chronic bronchitis, The Daily Telegraph reported today. GMTV added that a study has found that “those who snore six or seven times per week are 68% more likely to develop the...

 

Magnet guided cancer treatment

“Magnets can guide anti-cancer drugs to tumours” reported The Guardian today. They go on to discuss research on a new drug delivery method that suggests that cancer treatments can be delivered straight to tumour cells using tiny magnets. This, the...

 

Tea good for women’s hearts?

Women who drink three cups of tea a day “are less likely to have heart attacks and strokes,” the Daily Express reports. The newspaper adds, however, that “strangely, no added benefit of tea drinking was found among women who only had one or two cups a...

 

Early breast cancer: MRI v mammography

High-tech magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are more effective at detecting early cases of breast cancer than x-ray based mammograms, reported The Guardian. It explained that  “X-ray based mammograms detect only 56% of early lesions in high-risk...

 

Why is broccoli good for you?

“Eating steamed broccoli reduces the risk of a heart attack by boosting the body’s ability to fight off cell damage”, The Daily Telegraph reported. New research suggests that a mechanism involving antioxidants found in the Brassicaceae family of...

 


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