Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat?

Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation, or AF for short) in an effort to prevent strokes? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. The prevalence of irregular heartbeat is rising significantly and is associated with increased risk of heart failure, heart attack, strokes, and potentially dementia, explains Mark Lown at the University of Southampton. […]

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Self-harm and social media: A knee-jerk ban on content could actually harm young people

Instagram has announced it will ban graphic self-harm images from the platform. The social media company has been under pressure from the UK government and health professionals – including Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, who recently argued that social media companies have a duty of care to keep children safe. There is growing concern that such content “has […]

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Young people drowning in a rising tide of perfectionism

Perfectionism often develops in childhood, is impacted by parenting and can lead to mental health struggles in later life. Credit: Shutterstock We recently conducted one of the largest-ever studies on perfectionism. We learned that perfectionism has increased substantially over the past 25 years and that it affects men and women equally. We also learned that perfectionists become more neurotic and […]

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Why more people don’t call 911 when stroke symptoms hit

When stroke symptoms hit, not everyone calls 911—a decision that has perplexed experts. Now, a small study reveals some of the reasons. The research, being presented next week at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Honolulu, included interviews with 38 stroke patients who drove themselves or had someone drive them to Baptist Health South Florida Hospitals rather than […]

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A&E visits by homeless people ‘have more than TREBLED since 2011’

Number of visits to England’s A&E departments by homeless people ‘has TREBLED since 2011’ Nearly 32,000 homeless people went to A&E in English hospitals last year The number is up from 11,000 in 2011, with a 1,500 per cent rise at one hospital Experts suggest Government cuts and drug use could be to blame And they say homeless people’s health […]

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Women who are ‘morning people’ may find it easier to get pregnant

Women who are ‘morning people’ may find it easier to become pregnant than ‘night owls’ because they tend to be healthier and more active Researchers followed the sleeping habits of 100 women going through IVF   Almost 75% of ‘larks’ conceived, compared to roughly 33% of ‘night owls’  It is suggested that early risers are more likely to have healthy habits  […]

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Rich people found to be more charitable if given a sense of control

A pair of researchers, one with Harvard Business School, the other with the University of British Columbia, found that when soliciting donations from wealthy people, it pays to offer them a sense of control. In their paper published on the open access site PLOS ONE, Ashley Whillans and Elizabeth Dunn describe their study, which involved sending donation request letters to […]

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Study shows in older people, type 2 diabetes is associated with a decline in brain function over five years

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that in older people living in the community, type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a decline in verbal memory and fluency over 5 years. However, contrary to previous studies, the decrease in brain volume often found in older people with T2D […]

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'After Poppy died, people wrote to me about suffering the same awful experience' – Gary Barlow on losing his baby

Gary Barlow says his continued grief over stillborn daughter Poppy helps him to feel closer to her. The 47-year-old pop star and Dawn suffered the heartbreak of losing their daughter Poppy in August 2012, and Gary says he will never get over it. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’, Gary shared: “For anyone who has been through anything […]

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