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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 clots. However, it is currently […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brain stimulation helps in stroke treatment

Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may improve recovery after a stroke new research suggests. Studies showed firing beams of light into the brains of mice led to the animals moving further and faster than those without the therapy. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, could help […]

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 […]

UK ranks badly in European health league table

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill health, research suggests.Health data over 20 years was compared with figures from 18 other countries in the research published in the Lancet. Although average life expectancy has risen by four years since 1990, it says the UK needs to increase its […]

Cancer overtakes heart disease as number one UK killer

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the UKs number one killer, new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.Almost a third of people now die of one kind of cancer or another, according to mortality statistics for 2011. The figures show that cancer was recorded as the underlying cause of death in […]

Health Direct wishes you a healthy weekend as deaths rates increase by third

With the weekend approaching Health Direct wishes you a healthy weekend- as new research shows that death rates increase by a third over weekdays in NHS hospitals.More than 3,000 people could be saved every year if weekend hospital cover and access to key medical facilities was as good as during the working week, a major […]

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 attacks or stroke. He accused […]

Curries to be tested for cancer cures

A chemical found in curry is to be tested for its ability to kill bowel cancer tumours in patients.Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, has been linked to a range of health benefits. Studies have already shown that it can beat cancer cells grown in a laboratory and benefits have been suggested in […]