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Cholesterol ‘poor stroke marker’

Cholesterol ‘poor stroke marker’

High levels of cholesterol do not predict the risk of stroke in women, according to researchers in Denmark.They did detect an increased risk in men, but only when cholesterol was at almost twice the average level. The report in Annals of Neurology recommends using a …

Mobile phones ‘affect the brain’

Mobile phones ‘affect the brain’

A study by the National Institutes of Health in the US suggests that mobile phones could have an effect on the brain.They reported higher sugar use in the brain, a sign of increased activity, after 50 minutes on the phone. The research published in the …

Device ‘could revolutionise blood pressure monitoring’

Device ‘could revolutionise blood pressure monitoring’

A device which can be worn like a watch could revolutionise the way blood pressure is monitored in the next few years, scientists say.Researchers at the University of Leicester and in Singapore have developed a device to measure pressure in the largest artery in the …

Thousands are ‘at risk of alcohol death’

Thousands are ‘at risk of alcohol death’

Poor alcohol regulation could cost up to 250,000 lives in England and Wales over the next 20 years, doctors warn.Writing in The Lancet, leading liver disease specialists say measures including a minimum price of 50p per unit are urgently needed.They also said the coalition government …

Pessimism ‘stops drugs working’

Pessimism ‘stops drugs working’

A patient’s belief that a drug will not work can become a self fulfilling prophecy, according to researchers.They showed the benefits of painkillers could be boosted or completely wiped out by manipulating expectations. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, also identifies the regions of …

Stretching before running ‘does not prevent injury’

Stretching before running ‘does not prevent injury’

Stretching before running does not necessarily prevent injury a US study of over 2,700 has suggested.But the researchers say runners should maintain their current routine, whether or not they stretch, as it is changing that is the problem.The long established doctrine that it is important …

High blood pressure patients ‘benefit’ from therapy

High blood pressure patients ‘benefit’ from therapy

Patients with high blood pressure would benefit from a series of personal advice sessions on their medication, say UK researchers.Writing in the Journal of Human Hypertension, they said many of the 10 million people with the condition in the UK fail to take their medication. …

Zinc can be an ‘effective treatment’ for common colds

Taking zinc syrup, tablets or lozenges can lessen the severity and duration of the common cold, experts believe.A review of the available scientific evidence suggests taking zinc within a day of the onset of cold symptoms speeds recovery. It may also help ward off colds, …

Fuel billing system ‘leading to deaths’

Fuel billing system ‘leading to deaths’

The system for calculating most domestic fuel bills in the UK is contributing to thousands of deaths each winter, public health experts say.The UK Public Health Association says two-tier tariffs – where the first units cost more – penalise the poorest. It wants the “iniquitous” …

Spice drug fights stroke damage

Spice drug fights stroke damage

A drug derived from the curry spice turmeric may be able to help the body repair some of the damage caused in the immediate aftermath of a stroke.Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are preparing to embark on human trials after promising results …

Looking at body can reduce pain

Looking at body can reduce pain

Contrary to many people’s compulsion to look away during a painful event such as an injection, scientists found that looking at your body – in this case the hand – reduces the pain experienced. The team also showed that magnifying the hand to make it …

Botox ‘little help’ for migraines

Botox ‘little help’ for migraines

There is “limited evidence” for using botox to treat migraine, say experts.The anti-wrinkle jab, which costs about £276 per injection, has been licensed in the UK and US as a preventative treatment for chronic cases.But a review of evidence by the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin …

Lack of sleep ‘bad for health’

Lack of sleep ‘bad for health’

The risk of developing heart disease can increase by as much as 48% if a person does not get enough sleep, University of Warwick scientists say.A long period of sleep shortage increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to scientists.They found most people …

Sleepwalking ‘linked to chromosome fault’

Sleepwalking ‘linked to chromosome fault’

Scientists believe they have discovered the genetic code that makes some people sleepwalk.By studying four generations of a family of sleepwalkers they traced the fault to a section of chromosome 20. Carrying even one copy of the defective DNA is enough to cause sleepwalking, the …

Healthy diet ‘boosts childhood IQ’

Healthy diet ‘boosts childhood IQ’

Eating chips, chocolate and cake may be damaging to a child’s intelligence, according to researchers at Bristol University.Their study suggests a link between a diet high in processed foods and a slightly lower IQ.Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, they suggest poor …