Heart

alcohol

Moderate drinking is good for the heart. Why won’t public health admit it?

A new study in the British Medical Journal has found that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack,…

Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness: amyloidosis was the bullet he could not dodge

When Martin McGuinness announced in January that he was standing down from politics because of his health, few people were…

Do hunter-gatherer Bolivians really have the ‘world’s healthiest hearts’?

Members of an Amazonian community have been found to have the healthiest hearts of any population group yet studied, according…

salt

Salt is not the enemy. It’s time authorities stopped demonising it

Forty years ago, the United States senate undertook the near-impossible task of reviewing all existing evidence on nutrition in order…

beer

How a typo tricked the media: half a beer a week won’t harm your health

Eggs were on faces yesterday after some astonishingly bad science reporting in sections of the media. In articles that have…

heart surgeons

The shaming of heart surgeons: how politics brought a proud profession low

During training and the early years of my consultant career, cardiac surgery was a pioneering profession. We developed techniques and…

Donald Trump

What I’d say to Donald Trump if I were his doctor

In case you’ve just returned from a nearby planet, there’s been some mention in the news recently of the newly…

high blood pressure

Just how promising is that ‘miracle’ pill for high blood pressure?

A new combination of four blood pressure drugs — the ‘quadpill’ — could be twice as effective as existing treatments,…

heart failure survival

Are heart failure survival rates still stuck in the 1990s?

Heart failure survival rates have not improved since 1998, a study at the University of Oxford has suggested. (But read…

Sometimes living with disease is better than being treated for it

When 90-year-old American widow Norma Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with terminal cancer, it was far from being the beginning of the…