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Dementia saliva testing `shows early promise`

"Simple saliva test for dementia `shows promise` in bid to diagnose the disease early," the Daily Mirror reports.

This news is based on a laboratory study that took saliva samples from 12 healthy adults, nine adults with Alzheimer’s disease, and eight with mild c

Posted On May 22, 2017
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Binge drinking could trigger abnormal heart rhythms

"Why Oktoberfest could be damaging your heart" is the somewhat strange headline in The Times.

Researchers who attended the annual Bavarian beer and folk festival found binge drinkers were more likely to have abnormal heart rhythm patterns.

This could be of potential concern – in extreme cases, abnormal h

Posted On April 27, 2017
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Firefighters warned about heart attack risk

"Working in hot temperatures increases the risk of suffering a heart attack," BBC News reports.

It has been known for some time that the leading cause of death amongst serving firefighters is heart attacks and not fire-related injuries as some people might assume. Researchers

Posted On April 05, 2017
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Moderate drinking may reduce heart disease risk

"A daily pint or glass of wine can slash the chances of a suffering heart attack by a third," reports The Sun.

Researchers found that people who drank alcohol within moderate drinking guidelines were less likely to have a first episode of a range of heart and vascular diseases than those who never drank alcohol.

Posted On March 23, 2017
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New drug shows promise in preventing heart attacks

"The cholesterol drug that outperforms statins: Patients on the medication are `27% less likely to suffer a heart attack`," the Daily Mail reports.

The drug, evolocumab, makes the liver more effective at removing "bad" cholesterol from the blood.

But the Mail`s headline is somewhat misleading, as evolocumab

Posted On March 20, 2017
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Ibuprofen claimed to raise cardiac arrest risk by a third

"Taking common painkillers like ibuprofen `increases your risk of cardiac arrest by a THIRD`," The Sun reports.

Researchers found a link between the potentially fatal heart problem and ibuprofen use, as well as another type of non-steroidal an

Posted On March 16, 2017
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Early warning signs of some cases of heart attacks `being missed`

"Early warning signs may have been missed in up to one in six people who died of a heart attack in English hospitals," BBC News reports.

A review of hospital records found 16% of people who died of a heart attack were admitted in the previous 28 days with another condition.

Posted On March 01, 2017
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Long-term vaping `far safer than smoking` says `landmark` study

"Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers," ITV News reports.

E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not many of the harmful substances produced by smoking tobacco, such as tar

Posted On February 07, 2017
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A third of adults treated for asthma `may not have the disease`

"The great asthma myth: A third of those diagnosed don`t have the condition," reports the Mail Online.

A study in Canada found about one-third of adults diagnosed with asthma in the past five years showed no signs of the condition on retesting.

Asthma has become a common condition, and can cause serious

Posted On January 18, 2017
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Diet rich in processed meat `may worsen asthma symptoms`

"Regularly indulging in a bacon sandwich doubles the risk of an asthma attack," is the needlessly alarming headline in The Sun.

A French study suggests eating four or more portions of processed (cured) meats a week may worsen symptoms like wheezing – but this does not amount to an asthma attack.

An a

Posted On December 21, 2016
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Just a small cut in saturated fats `reduces heart disease risk`

"Swapping butter and meat for olive oil and fish does cut the risk of heart disease," The Times reports.

The headline is prompted by the findings from a US study involving data from over 100,000 men and women, followed for more than 20 years. The results showed that consumption of different types of saturated

Posted On November 25, 2016
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Does vitamin D cut lung infection risk in older adults?

"Why you should take vitamin D as you get older: High doses reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses by 40%," the Mail Online reports.

Researchers in Colorado investigated whether a high dose of vitamin D in older adults living in long term care facilities

Posted On November 18, 2016