Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease

Jun 20, 2017 0

Human trials of a cholesterol-lowering vaccine to help prevent heart disease are under way after successful studies in mice. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna are testing the safety of their experimental treatment in 72 volunteers. The jab is designed to stop fatty deposits from clogging the arteries. It would offer patients an alternative to taking daily pills to cut their risk of stroke, angina and heart attacks. It will take years more of testing to know if the treatment will be safe and effective enough for human use, Dr Guenther Staffler and colleagues from The Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research say in the European Heart Journal.  Even if it does become available, in six years‘ time, it should not be seen as an excuse for people to avoid exercise and eat lots of high-fat food, they add. The jab helps the body’s immune system to attack a protein, called PCSK9, that would otherwise allow “bad” low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol to build up in the bloodstream. The... ...

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Low-fat milk can cause Parkinson’s

Jun 12, 2017 0

According to a study, people who consumed more than one serving per day of skim and low-fat milk, had a 39 per cent greater chance of developing Parkinson’s compared to those who consumed less than one serving per week. The findings, published in the journal Neurology, showed that for people who consumed at least three servings of low-fat dairy a day had a 34 per cent greater chance of developing Parkinson’s than people who consumed less than one serving per day. Eating sherbet or frozen yogurt also was linked to a modest increased risk. “The results provide evidence of a modest increased risk of Parkinson’s with greater consumption of low-fat dairy products. Such dairy products, which are widely consumed, could potentially be a modifiable risk factor for the disease,” said Katherine C. Hughes, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.  ...

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Older adults suffering from cirrhosis are at higher risk of stroke

Jun 7, 2017 0

A new study has found that older adults who are suffering from cirrhosis are at an increased risk of stroke, especially hemorrhagic. Cirrhosis is a condition of chronic liver damage from a variety of causes leading to scarring and liver failure. The study showed that the incidence of stroke was 2.17 per cent per year in patients with cirrhosis and 1.11 per cent per year in patients without cirrhosis. Neal S. Parikh, from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York said,”Cirrhosis is associated with extrahepatic hemorrhagic and thrombotic processes, such as gastrointestinal bleeding and venous thromboembolism. The cerebrovascular complications of cirrhosis are comparatively less well understood.” The association between cirrhosis and increased risk of stroke, may include mixed coagulopathy — impaired clotting — caused by patients’ underlying vascular risk factors that may be further heightened by cirrhosis. ...

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England: Social care system collapses as more than900 careers quit job

Apr 11, 2017 0

more than 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, new figures reveal.  Care providers warn that growing staff shortages mean vulnerable people are receiving poorer levels of care. In a letter to the prime minister, the chairman of the UK Home care Association says the adult social care system – which applies to those over the age of 18 – has begun to collapse.  The government says an extra £2bn is being invested in social care. ...

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‘Huge leap’ in prostate cancer testing

Jan 20, 2017 0

The biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer “in decades” has been made using new scanning equipment, say doctors and campaigners.Using advanced MRI nearly doubles the number of aggressive tumours that are caught.  ...

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Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

Jan 19, 2017 0

Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day had cells that were biologically eight years older. ...

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