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‘Apple shape’ heart risk doubts

‘Apple shape’ heart risk doubts

Doubts have been raised over the idea that being overweight and “apple shaped” increases heart attack risk.A study in the Lancet found the risk of heart attack was not increased by fat being concentrated around the waist. It contradicts previous work that found overweight people …

Heart drugs ‘may cut dementia risk’

Heart drugs ‘may cut dementia risk’

  Treating stroke survivors for a heartbeat problem called atrial fibrillation (AF) might prevent many patients from going on to develop dementia, UK experts believe.Research into nearly 50,000 patients’ records found that AF after a stroke more than doubles the risk of dementia. Doctors say …

Laughing ‘helps healing process’

Laughing ‘helps healing process’

A good old belly laugh can help heal leg ulcers, experts say.The Leeds University team said good nursing and the occasional laugh was a better way to get the body healing than using the latest technology. Hospitals and health clinics are increasingly using low-dose ultrasound …

Mothers’ diet link to diabetes

Mothers’ diet link to diabetes

Scientists say they have found a mechanism which may explain why a poor diet during pregnancy can increase the risk of offspring developing diabetes in later life.They say rat studies indicate an imbalanced diet in the mother can lead to the “silencing” of a gene …

Toenails can reveal lung cancer risk

Toenails can reveal lung cancer risk

Scientists say they have found a new way to predict lung cancer – by looking at a person’s toenail clippings.Experts at the University of San Diego in California have found that measuring nicotine levels in clippings can give a fairly accurate idea of future risk. …

Passive smoking ‘raises breast cancer risk’

Passive smoking ‘raises breast cancer risk’

Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke as a child or adult appears to increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, experts say. Their study of nearly 80,000 women found breast cancer risk was a third higher among those who had clocked up decades of passive smoking.The …

Cooling ‘cuts baby brain damage’

Cooling ‘cuts baby brain damage’

Babies who are starved of oxygen at birth have a much lower risk of brain damage if they are given mild hypothermia, major research suggests.More than 300 babies were involved in a trial carried out at 33 hospitals in the UK and in five other …