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Smoking tied to frailty in older adults

Older adults who smoke are more likely to become physically frail than their counterparts who are former smokers or never used tobacco products, a recent study suggests. Researchers studied people age 60 or older in the UK who had not yet developed so-called frailty, a term that describes a lack of robustness and physical reserves that leaves a person more ...

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‘A pedometer saved my life’: How I became fit in my 60s

It came after decades of eating and drinking too much in a high-stress, sedentary job: “It was an explosion waiting to happen,” he said. For Graham, whose wife had become increasingly disabled through multiple sclerosis, the diagnosis was a wake-up call. “I need to be able to help her – and I need to be around for longer,” he said. ...

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Anti-inflammatory drug ‘cuts heart attack risk’

Anti-inflammatory drugs could cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study of 10,000 patients suggests. A trial of the drug canakinumab could represent the biggest breakthrough in treatment since the advent of statins to lower cholesterol, its authors say. The study reported a 15% reduction in the risk of a repeat heart attack among patients – but others ...

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Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England is at its highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England show. It is estimated more than four million people were waiting for operations in June – a figure last seen in 2007. The rise is partly because of growing demand and the NHS performing more procedures. But some ...

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Study says skinny legs may up death risk by 300 per cent

If you have a lean body shape with normal body mass index but with skinny lower legs, you may be at three fold increased risk of dying from cardiometabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, a research has claimed. According to the study, lean people who are metabolically unhealthy, but have normal weight, might be at a ...

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Gender equality is a far cry in Sri Lanka despite early democracy

In comparison with other South Asian countries, Sri Lanka has had a head start in representative democracy, having secured universal adult suffrage way back in 1931 under colonial rule. In the first-ever elected 58-member State Council in 1931, there were two women members — Adeline Molamure and NaysumSaravanamuttu. Sri Lanka then went on to steal a march over other countries ...

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Poor sleep may point to onset of Alzheimer’s disease: study

Poor, disrupted sleep may indicate the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in people who are otherwise healthy, a study warns. Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US found that people who reported worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than people who did not have sleep ...

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NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system

The NHS has been ranked the number one health system in a comparison of 11 countries. The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival. The research by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, looked at countries across the world, including the ...

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Childhood obesity may lead to hip disease, suggests research

Obesity may put children at increased risk of hip disease, a condition that can cause life-long morbidity, suggests new research. Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) is the most common hip disease of adolescence. The condition always requires surgery, can cause significant pain, and often leads to a hip replacement in adolescence or early adulthood.   “Ultimately this study helps us ...

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£3.4m Pencoed radiology and imaging academy plan unveiled

A new academy to train radiologists and imaging professionals is to be created in Wales with £3.4m of Welsh Government funding. The new National Imaging Academy for Wales will be based in Pencoed, Bridgend, and is due to be up and running by mid-2018. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething will announce the plan on Friday. He said the academy would “play ...

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