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Statins may protect against microvascular complications of diabetes

Statins may protect against microvascular complications of diabetes

The development of common diabetes complications that can lead to blindness and amputations could be reduced by taking statins, indicates new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. It is well established that statins via cholesterol lowering effectively reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke in people with type 2 diabetes, but whether statin use affects the development of small blood vessel (or microvascular) complications, such as eye, nerve, and kidney disease in individuals with diabetes is not known. “Since high levels of blood glucose, the hallmark of diabetes, are linked with microvascular disease, and since statins are suspected of raising glucose levels, we tested the hypothesis that individuals taking a statin before a diagnosis of diabetes might be at increased risk of developing microvascular complications,” explains study author Professor Børge G Nordestgaard, Chief Physician in Clinical Biochemistry at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. Continue reading

‘A third’ can’t afford healthy food

‘A third’ can’t afford healthy food

unable to retrieve full-text contentHigh food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests. Continue reading

‘A third’ can’t afford healthy food

‘A third’ can’t afford healthy food

unable to retrieve full-text contentHigh food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests. Continue reading

Unhappy childhood heart risk link

Unhappy childhood heart risk link

1 February 2013 Last updated at 21:26 ET Emotional behaviour in childhood may be linked with heart disease in middle age, especially in women, research suggests. A study found being prone to distress at the age of seven was associated with a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease in later life. Conversely children who were better at paying attention and staying focused had reduced heart risk when older. Continue reading

Antidepressant heart risk confirmed

Antidepressant heart risk confirmed

30 January 2013 Last updated at 02:51 ET Some but not all antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs pose a very small but serious heart risk, say researchers. Citalopram and escitalopram, which fall into this drug group, can trigger a heart rhythm disturbance, a new study in the British Medical Journal shows. UK and US regulators have already warned doctors to be extra careful about which patients they prescribe these medicines to Continue reading

Antidepressant heart risk confirmed

Antidepressant heart risk confirmed

30 January 2013 Last updated at 02:51 ET Some but not all antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs pose a very small but serious heart risk, say researchers. Citalopram and escitalopram, which fall into this drug group, can trigger a heart rhythm disturbance, a new study in the British Medical Journal shows. UK and US regulators have already warned doctors to be extra careful about which patients they prescribe these medicines to Continue reading

Cold homes ‘costing NHS £1.36bn’

Cold homes ‘costing NHS £1.36bn’

21 November 2012 Last updated at 21:20 ET Illnesses related to living in a cold home cost the NHS £1.36bn every year, a report by Age UK suggests. And the charity says thousands of older people are dying prematurely due to the health effects of living in the cold. Continue reading

Muscular teens ‘live for longer’

Muscular teens ‘live for longer’

20 November 2012 Last updated at 21:13 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News website How muscular you are as a teenager may predict how long you live, at least if you are a man. Swedish experts who tracked more than a million teenage boys for 24 years found those with low muscle strength – weaker leg and arm muscles and a limp grip – were at increased risk of early death. Continue reading

Heartbeat ‘could power pacemaker’

Heartbeat ‘could power pacemaker’

4 November 2012 Last updated at 23:02 ET A device which could harness energy from a beating heart can produce enough electricity to keep a pacemaker running, according to US researchers. Repeated operations are currently needed to replace batteries in pacemakers. Continue reading

Breakthrough could help sufferers of fatal lung disease

Breakthrough could help sufferers of fatal lung disease

ScienceDaily (Oct. 14, 2012) — Pioneering research conducted by the University of Sheffield is paving the way for new treatments which could benefit patients suffering from the fatal lung disease pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) Continue reading