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Heart And Lungs

Honey, not antibiotics, recommended for coughs

"Use honey first for a cough, new guidelines say," reports the BBC, referring to new guidelines on the best ways to treat acute short-term coughs.

The guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) have been developed after looking at the best available

Posted On August 23, 2018
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Study finds e-cigarettes may make lungs vulnerable to infection

"E-cigarettes are more harmful than first feared, experts warn," reports the Sun.

The news comes from a laboratory study that looked into the effects of e-cigarette liquid on human lung cells.

Researchers studied a type of lung cell called alveolar macrophages. These are also called dust cells, as they

Posted On August 14, 2018
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Minimal evidence to show omega-3 prevents heart disease

"It`s oil a myth," states The Sun, while the Daily Telegraph encourages people to "buy more vegetables instead of omega-3 supplements to improve heart health".

These are just a couple of the many headlines reporting on a recent large-scale review investigating the effects of increasing omega-3 intake on heart

Posted On July 18, 2018
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Even slightly raised blood pressure in middle age may increase dementia risk

"Fifty-year-olds with slightly raised blood pressure are at an increased risk of getting dementia in later life," The Independent reports.

A long-running study of 8,639 British civil servants found that people who had blood pressure above the ideal level – but below that used to diagnose high blood pressure –

Posted On June 14, 2018
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People with severe eczema at higher risk of heart conditions

"Link found between severe eczema and heart problems," reports The Guardian.

A large UK study found that people with severe eczema were more likely than people without eczema to develop a range of heart conditions, including unstable angina, heart attack and heart failure.

The researchers were looking

Posted On May 24, 2018
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People no longer being treated for irregular pulse `may still have stroke risk`

"More than 1.5 million heart flutter patients should be on blood-thinning drugs to prevent stroke, study says," reports The Telegraph. The paper is referring to a condition called atrial fibrillation (AF), which affects around 1 million people in the UK.

AF is where

Posted On May 11, 2018
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`Apple-shaped` women may have increased heart attack risk

"Women with apple-shaped bodies are `more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who are pear-shaped`," the Daily Mirror reports, as a new study found a link between increased waist size and heart attack.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and other institutions investigated the links between having

Posted On March 02, 2018
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Just one cigarette a day increases heart disease and stroke risk

"Just one cigarette a day is `almost as dangerous as 20 – hiking your heart attack and stroke risk by 40%`," The Sun reports. A new review of 141 studies covering more than 12 million people showed that people who think "light" smoking is relatively harmless are wrong.

The researchers looked at the risks o

Posted On January 25, 2018
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Do women fare worse than men after a heart attack?

The Mail Online has reported that, "Women are three times more likely to die after a heart attack than men", while BBC News said that, "Fewer women would die if given the same treatment as men".

Despite these rather alarming headlines, the study the news is based on reviewed people hospitalised for a heart attack

Posted On January 08, 2018
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Number of new heart failure cases in the UK is on the rise

"Heart failure kills more Britons than the four most common cancers," is the inaccurate headline from the Mail Online.

Heart failure is when the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly. It`s often a complication of an underlying health problem, such as

Posted On November 23, 2017
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Probiotic studied to see if it lowers blood pressure in mice

"Eating yogurt high in `good bacteria` could help lower high blood pressure," reports the Mail Online. Researchers found that mice fed a high-salt diet had lower levels of so-called "good" bacteria but that giving them supplements of these bacteria could counteract the effect of the salt.

Recent research has

Posted On November 17, 2017
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Afternoon open heart surgery `leads to fewer complications`, study reports

"Afternoon heart surgery has lower risk of complications, study suggests," says The Guardian.

Researchers in France were interested in whether the time of day of the operation was carried out affected the rate of complications following a type of open heart surgery known as aortic

Posted On October 27, 2017