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Drug delay hits AstraZeneca stock

Drug delay hits AstraZeneca stock

Shares in AstraZeneca dropped 5% in early London trading after US regulators further delayed approval of its heart drug Brilinta.Markets had expected the UK drugmaker’s blood thinner to get the go-ahead. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it wanted further analysis of existing …

Five portions a day ‘saves lives’

Five portions a day ‘saves lives’

Around 33,000 lives a year could be saved if everyone in the UK followed dietary guidelines, research suggests.Eating five portions of fruit and veg a day has the biggest effect, say experts at Oxford University.Only a third of Britons consume enough fruit and veg, with …

Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’

Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’

Getting less than six hours sleep a night can lead to an early grave, UK and Italian researchers have warned.They said people regularly having such little sleep were 12% more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who got an “ideal” six to …

Protein removal Alzheimer’s clue

Protein removal Alzheimer’s clue

Scientists suggest people with Alzheimer’s disease clear a damaging protein from their brains more slowly than those who are healthy.It was already known that the beta-amyloid protein built up in the brains of people with the condition. But the US study in Science suggests it …

Women ‘anxious about dentists’

Women ‘anxious about dentists’

Women are twice as likely to suffer extreme anxiety when visiting a dentist compared to men, according to a government survey of dental health.The study found 19% of women suffered extreme anxiety in the waiting room compared to 10% of men in England, Wales and …

Music ‘helps ventilator patients’

Music ‘helps ventilator patients’

Playing music to hospital patients on ventilators helps them to breathe more easily, findings show.Experts at the Cochrane Library say music could be better than drugs to calm patients during forced ventilation.In studies involving more than 200 intensive care patients, listening to music reduced anxiety …

Roast contains ‘as much salt as 20 bags of crisps’

Roast contains ‘as much salt as 20 bags of crisps’

Including too many ready-made items in a Sunday roast could lead to excessive salt intake, says research from a health charity.In a survey of 600 supermarket products, Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) found that unnecessary amounts of salt are being hidden in certain …

Aspirin dose ‘cuts cancer risk’

Aspirin dose ‘cuts cancer risk’

A small daily dose of aspirin – 75mg – substantially reduces death rates from a range of common cancers, a study suggests.Research at Oxford University and other centres found that it cut overall cancer deaths by at least a fifth. The study, published in the …

Older people ‘miss skin cancer signs’

Older people ‘miss skin cancer signs’

Older people are less likely to get skin changes checked by a doctor, leading to a steep rise in cancer deaths, say researchers.The East of England Cancer Registry reports that deaths from melanoma among the over 65s have tripled in the past 30 years. The …

Index finger length prostate cancer clue

Index finger length prostate cancer clue

The length of a man’s fingers can provide clues to his risk of prostate cancer, according to new research. A British Journal of Cancer study found men whose index finger was longer than their ring finger were significantly less likely to develop the disease. Researchers …

Miscarriage ‘raises heart risk’

Miscarriage ‘raises heart risk’

Having multiple miscarriages increases the risk of a heart attack later in life, according to researchers.The German study, published in the journal Heart, found that women who had more than three miscarriages had a five-fold increase in risk. The relatively young age of the women …

Heart disease patients with anxiety ‘at greater risk’

Heart disease patients with anxiety ‘at greater risk’

Heart disease patients may be at higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and death if they suffer from anxiety too, a US journal report says.In a study of more than 1,000 people with heart disease, researchers noted a 74% increased risk of cardiovascular …

Cloned cattle food safe to eat

Cloned cattle food safe to eat

Meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring are safe to consume, independent scientists have said.The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes said it believed the food was unlikely to present any risk. The Food Standards Agency will discuss the conclusions in December …

Early retirement ‘is good for us’, researchers

Early retirement ‘is good for us’, researchers

Taking early retirement is beneficial, at least for your mental health, say researchers.Their study of over 14,000 employees for France’s national grid shows giving up work at 55 comes as a great relief to most, cutting stress and fatigue.However, the British Medical Journal study did …

Drug ‘can greatly reduce risk of HIV infection’

Drug ‘can greatly reduce risk of HIV infection’

A drug used to treat HIV-positive patients may offer gay and bisexual men some protection against contracting the virus, the authors of a new study say. Trials of the combination drug Truvada among nearly 2,500 men suggested it could reduce the chances of male-to-male HIV …