New stroke treatment should be more available

Specialists are urging the NHS to make a new stroke treatment widely available. Studies suggest the technique for removing blood clots in the brain doubles the chance of recovery for people who have suffered an ischaemic stroke. The specially designed “Solitaire” stent is highly effective at catching and removing blood

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Benefits of statins for healthy hearts exceed diabetes risk

The benefits of taking statins for healthy hearts exceeds the increased risk of diabetes from the drugs new research has found.Although the cholesterol busting drugs raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in those already prone to the disease, the cuts in heart attacks and strokes are worth it,

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Statins fear is putting patients health at risk researchers warn

Everyone over 50 should consider taking statins to reduce the risk of a heart attack because the possible side effects have been exaggerated, a leading expert has said.Sir Rory Collins, of Oxford University, said taking cholesterol-lowering statins before warning signs start to appear could provide much more protection from heart

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Statins help prevent cancer in transplant patients

Statins may reduce the risk of cancer in heart transplant patients, as scientists find a new use for the drugs.Transplant patients can safely be put on statins because they may reduce the risk of cancer, a common side effect of the operation, research has found. A study of transplant recipients

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Patients are denied high cost drugs by NHS trusts’ managers

Family doctors are being prevented from prescribing drugs for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis as NHS managers attempt to make drastic budget cuts, an investigation has found. Primary care trusts are adding more medicines to their so-called “red lists” which means they can only be prescribed by

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Statin increase will save lives

Raising the dose of cholesterol lowering statin drugs could prevent many more heart attacks and strokes, say researchers. UK and Australian teams compared a standard statin treatment with a more intensive therapy, publishing results in the Lancet medical journal. They concluded that higher doses cut heart attacks and deaths by

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