Why young females with obesity are at early risk for cardiovascular disease

In the face of obesity, the sex hormone progesterone that helps females get and stay pregnant appears to also put them at increased, early risk for cardiovascular disease, investigators report. Premenopausal women are considered protected from cardiovascular disease, but evidence indicates obesity can negate those benefits, and in fact put them at even higher risk than men, but just how […]

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Stress in pregnancy raises risk of child having a personality disorder

Women who become stressed during pregnancy ‘are 10 TIMES more likely to have children with a personality disorder’ The research was published in the publication the British Journal of Psychiatry  It is the first to show a link between prenatal stress and personality disorders  Experts think about one in 20 people in the UK have a personality disorder  Women who […]

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Vegetarians have a higher risk of stroke than meat eaters

Vegetarians have a 20% higher risk of suffering a stroke than meat eaters ‘because they miss out on key vitamins’ Researchers at Oxford University tracked nearly 50,000 people for 18 years They believe low intake of the vitamins in meat may cause the additional risk This is equivalent to three more cases of stroke per 1,000 people over 10 years  […]

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Small reductions in blood pressure ‘slash the risk of heart disease’

Small reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol ‘could cut heart disease risk by up to 80 per cent even in healthy people’ Scientists analysed the heart health of more than 438,000 people  They said good heart health ‘pays very big dividends’  Expert urges people to take advantage of free health checks on the NHS  Even small reductions in blood pressure and […]

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Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “Given these results, it is my belief that all patients with high blood pressure should have an annual flu vaccination,” said first author Daniel […]

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Sedentary lifestyle for 20 years linked to doubled mortality risk compared to being active

Two decades of a sedentary lifestyle is associated with a two times risk of premature death compared to being physically active, according to results from the HUNT study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. Study author Dr. Trine Moholdt of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway said: “Our findings imply […]

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These common antibiotics could increase colon cancer risk

Although antibiotics can help kill harmful bacteria, the drugs may increase your risk for cancer, according to a new report. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently conducted a study, published in the journal Gut, to determine the association between oral antibiotic use and colon cancers. To do so, they examined the health records of nearly 30,000 people […]

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New diagnostic method for fungal infections could combat a major global health risk

A new study from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) has demonstrated how dual DNA barcoding could help improve the diagnosis of invasive fungal diseases, giving patients access to potentially life-saving treatment much sooner. The early detection of fungal pathogens—the specific species of fungi responsible for disease—is crucial in ensuring that patients have fast access to treatment, preventing complications. […]

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Children at risk of sexual exploitation need better support, report concludes

Children who are constantly moved around the social care system are more likely to be vulnerable to sexual exploitation, new research concludes. Dr. Sophie Hallett of Cardiff University led the study, which used case records to track a cohort of 205 children involved with social services in one Welsh local authority. These were the first young people in the UK […]

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High cholesterol could TRIPLE old people’s dementia risk, study warns

High cholesterol could TRIPLE risk of dementia in the over-60s as doctors urge the elderly to cut down on cheese and butter to protect their brains Researchers in Indonesia said a history of high cholesterol was a ‘major risk’ Small study found people with high cholesterol had a 50/50 chance of dementia Cholesterol is raised by foods with a lot […]

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