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Rise in PSA protein ‘not prostate cancer sign’

Rise in PSA protein ‘not prostate cancer sign’

Further concerns have been raised over the reliability of protein testing as an indicator of prostate cancer.A US study of 5,000 men in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found even a rapid “doubling time” in prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels was not necessarily …

Education reduces blood pressure

Education reduces blood pressure

Despite exam stress, a long stint in education is good for people’s blood pressure, according to researchers in the US.High blood pressure, or hypertension, is linked to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows the link …

Cut red meat to lower cancer risk

Cut red meat to lower cancer risk

People should cut back on red and processed meat to reduce their risk of getting cancer, the government says.New advice recommends eating no more than 70g a day – equivalent to three rashers of bacon or two sausages. Experts say thousands of bowel cancer deaths …

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” …