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Opinion, analysis and debate

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  • Air pollution linked to irregular heartbeat and lung blood clots

    Air pollution linked to irregular heartbeat and lung blood clots

    11 June, 2014

    “Air pollution is linked to increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung,” BBC News reports.

  • All in one cholesteral and blood pressure pill trialed

    All in one cholesteral and blood pressure 'polypill' trialedSubscription

    19 May, 2010

    A low-cost, all-in-one pill that combines medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure in an attempt to cut heart attacks and strokes has gone on trial.

  • Blood pressure pills 'cancer link'

    Blood pressure pills 'cancer link'

    24 June, 2010

    “Blood pressure pills taken by up to one million Britons have been linked to cancer,” warned the Daily Express.

  • Blood test for early cancers

    Blood test for early cancers

    25 June, 2010

    A new blood test may have the potential to detect a tumour before it arrives, according to a recent article in the Eureka scientific supplement from The Times.

  • Casual cocaine users may be risking heart damage

    Casual cocaine users may be risking heart damage

    9 May, 2014

    “Even ‘social’ cocaine users are doing catastrophic damage to their hearts,” the Mail Online reports after an Australian study found that casual cocaine use was associated with heart damage.

  • Do doctors confuse ME with a heart problem?

    25 June, 2014

    “ME: one third of patients ‘wrongly diagnosed’,” says The Daily Telegraph, which has reported on a new study of a condition called postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS).

  • Statins could cut the risk of heart attacks by 30%

    Do statins cut heart attack risk for the healthy?

    2 July, 2009

    Researchers say that ‘statins cut the risk of heart attacks by 30% even in healthy people’ and lower the chance of dying from any cause by 12%, the Daily Mail reported. It said that the drugs are currently only given to people who are at significant risk of heart attack or stroke. The latest review of the research has renewed the ongoing debate over whether everyone over 50 should be prescribed statins.Brought to you by NHS Choices

  • Doctors launch new tool to measure your 'heart age'

    Doctors launch new tool to measure your 'heart age'

    4 April, 2014

    “People are being urged to find out their “true” heart age in order to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes,” BBC News reports. Doctors have put together a new risk calculator called JBS3 that can tell you the real “age” of your heart.

  • 'Genes behind long life found'

    'Genes behind long life found'

    16 July, 2010

    The news is based on a study by US scientists who have built a genetic model that can predict exceptional longevity, defined as survival well beyond the average human lifespan, with 77% accuracy.

  • Gout drug 'relieves angina'

    Gout drug 'relieves angina'

    16 June, 2010

    “A drug commonly used to treat gout can also relieve angina,” BBC News reported.

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