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Migraine may up cardiovascular diseases

People who suffer from a migraine may be at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks, stroke, blood clot and an irregular heart rate, researchers say.   Around one billion people worldwide are affected by a migraine. It has a considerable impact on quality of life and imposes a substantial burden on society.   Although the absolute ...

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Simple changes could reduce your cancer risk

It’s World Cancer Day on Sunday, February 4, but are there steps you can take right now to safeguard against the dreaded disease?   If doctors invented a pill which could reduce your chances of breast cancer by 30 per cent and bowel cancer by a staggering 45 per cent, we’d all be standing in line for it.   But ...

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Can working out in a group really motivate exercise?

A new UK study published this month is the latest to suggest that adding a social element to an exercise plan could make it easier to stick to, finding that those who walked together in groups rather than alone were more likely to keep up the activity six months later. As January draws to a close and we finish the ...

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Another reason to encourage RA patients to stop smoking

Smoking cessation leads to lower early mortality among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and coronary artery disease, but data are lacking on effects of smoking in patients with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Researchers used data from 121,700 women in the Nurses’ Health Study to see if smoking status affected mortality outcomes in patients with RA. A total ...

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Fix the NHS: Protesters rally in London to call for government action

Health workers, activists and unions are marching in central London on Saturday to protest against government inaction over the NHS winter crisis. Hospitals have been overwhelmed in recent weeks by a surge in admissions that has led to delays of up to 12 hours on emergency wards, patients left on trollies for hours and thousands of patients forced to wait ...

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Hyponatraemia inquiry: Children’s hospital deaths were avoidable

An inquiry into the deaths of five children in Northern Ireland’s hospitals has found that four of them were avoidable. The findings followed a 14-year inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths. Hyponatraemia is a medical condition that occurs when there is a shortage of sodium in the bloodstream. The damning report was heavily critical of the “self-regulating and unmonitored” health service. Mr ...

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Menopause likely to worsen rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

The results indicate that menopause has a significant impact on the level and rate of functional decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis and is associated with a worsening progression of the effects of the disease. “Not only is this decline causing suffering for women, it is costly to both individuals and the healthcare system as a whole,” said lead author ...

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Tens of millions of prescription drugs on the black market

Criminal gangs have smuggled tens of millions of prescription-only drugs out of the UK’s protected supply chain, a BBC File on 4 programme has discovered. They tricked or bribed pharmacists and drug wholesalers to access almost 160 million tablets with a street value of up to £200m over a three-year period. Misuse of these anxiety and insomnia drugs is a ...

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France baby milk scandal explained in 100 and 500 words

A salmonella scandal affecting baby milk products at the world’s second biggest producer of dairy products has been ongoing for several weeks. It has led to massive recalls of products across the world, and caused some babies to be treated in hospital. To bring you up to date, here’s all the background you need to know in 100 words or ...

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Winter flu outbreak is peaking, say health experts

The winter flu outbreak appears to be peaking, health officials say. Officials are hopeful the worst of the season may soon be over after a fall in the numbers being admitted to hospital. While the numbers still remain “very high” – around 4,000 in England last week – the rate of hospitalisation was lower then the week before. The numbers ...

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