Half of patients on statins fail to reach ‘healthy’ cholesterol level after 2 years

Half of patients prescribed statins in primary care fail to reach ‘healthy’ cholesterol levels after two years of treatment with these drugs, reveals research published online in the journal Heart. The findings back up those of previous studies, and highlight the need for personalised medicine to tackle high cholesterol and lower the significantly increased risks of future heart disease and […]

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The average anxiety sufferer doesn’t seek help for eight years

Like many Australians, it took years for Gemma Latter to seek help. Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia, and we are better at talking about it than we have ever been. So, why does it still take the average person diagnosed with an anxiety disorder more than eight years to seek help? A new survey by […]

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'London patient' second patient in nearly 12 years appeared to be cured of H.I.V.: report

FILE: A technician picks up a test tube filled with blood. (HIV.gov) A man known only as the "London patient" appeared to be cured of H.I.V., making him the second known patient in nearly 12 years, giving scientists new hope that an eventual cure is possible, reports said Monday. The "London patient" who was infected with H.I.V. and suffered from Hodgkin's lymphoma, received a bone […]

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Slow start, but it’s not over yet: 5 things to know about this year’s flu season

As influenza season trudges on, public health officials report fewer cases than last year’s severe and deadly season. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released recently shows a more effective vaccine compared with the previous two seasons and called this season a low-severity year so far for influenza—classified as having a fever, cough and body aches. But local […]

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Mother has ear amputated after skin cancer misdiagnosed as wart

Mother, 43, who was told her skin cancer was just a wart has her ear AMPUTATED after doctors took five years to diagnose the deadly disease Anthea Smith saw her ear become covered in a black warty growth which bled A GP ‘reluctantly’ referred her and a biopsy showed stage 3c melanoma  Mrs Smith had her whole ear removed in […]

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Death at 10 years similar with bilateral, single-artery CABG

(HealthDay)—There is no difference in the rate of death from any cause at 10 years for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with bilateral or single internal-thoracic-artery grafting, according to a study published in the Jan. 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. David P. Taggart, M.D., from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, and colleagues […]

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6 tips to keep your New Year’s resolutions on track

How are YOUR New Year’s resolutions going? Now is the time most of us start to drop off – but these 6 tips could help you stay on track Dr Meg Arroll, is a psychologist for wellbeing brand Healthspan and author of The Shrinkology Solution  Here she explores research-backed tips to keeping New Year’s resolutions   By using psychological techniques, it’s […]

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New Year’s Eve drinks – a nutritionist’s guide

New Year’s Eve drinks – a nutritionist’s guide: 11 tipples that won’t completely undo your good intentions At this time of year, healthy food and drink doesn’t get much of a look in  However Healthista has put together a round-up of not-so-sinful tipples  ‘Tis the season to be drinking. Nutritionist May Simpkin, writing for Healthista, reveals the best choices for […]

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