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The smoking ban has led to a sharp fall in heart attacks

Major research suggests that the introduction of a smoking ban has resulted in a 40 per cent fall in the number of people suffering from heart attacks as the result of passive smoking. Heart attack rates in the UK have fallen by up to 42 per cent since the 2007 smoking ban, major research suggests. […]

Younger people having more strokes

There has been a big rise in the number of working age men and women having stroke. In England in 2014 there were 6,221 hospital admissions for men aged 40-54 – a rise of 1,961 on 14 years earlier according to reserach by the Stroke Association. Experts said unhealthy lifestyles were partly to blame for […]

Smoking kills two thirds of smokers

The risk of death from smoking may be much higher than previously thought – tobacco kills up to two in every three smokers not one in every two according to new research. The study tracked more than 200,000 Australian smokers and non smokers above the age of 45 over six years. Mortality risk went up […]

Obesity costing UK economy same as smoking

New research shows that the cost of obesity to the UK economy is now the same as smoking. The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change new research has suggested. The McKinsey Global Institute said obesity cost £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% […]

Dementia is biggest killer of women in UK

Dementia is the biggest cause of death for women in England and Wales official figures show. The disease now kills more than three times as many women as breast cancer and thousands more than either heart attacks or stroke. Analysts say the rising numbers may be because doctors are becoming more aware of the disease […]

Heart disease warnings missed by most adults

Many adults in the UK are unaware of the risk factors for heart disease, according to new research. While a third of people are worried about getting dementia or cancer, only 2% are afraid of coronary heart disease, a survey by the British Heart Foundation has found and one in ten adults confessed to not […]

Obesity is new smoking says NHS boss

Obesity is the new smoking in terms of the impact on health and the cost to the NHS says the head of the NHS. A quarter of adults – up from 15% 20 years ago – and one in five schoolchildren is obese, figures show and the problem is estimated to already cost the NHS […]

Higher stroke and heart attack risk linked to faulty gene

Researchers have identified a gene that may put people at greater risk of strokes and heart attacks. Published in PLOS ONE The PlA1/A2 Polymorphism of Glycoprotein IIIa as a Risk Factor for Myocardial Infarction: A Meta-Analysis they say the gene fault may encourage the formation of blood clots – the ultimate cause of most heart […]

Leonardo da Vinci still teaching us about the heart

After Leonardo da Vinci dissected the heart of a man he produced the first known description of coronary artery disease. More than 500 years later, coronary artery disease is one of the most common causes of death in the western world. “He had a great mind, and he was willing to really look and see,” […]

Leeds hospital suspends child heart surgery

Children’s congenital heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary has been suspended as a review is carried out.There are concerns about the number of deaths at the hospital, which is at the centre of a long dispute over the future of children’s heart services. The medical director of the NHS, Bruce Keogh, said it was “a […]