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Can spider venom protect brain cells after a stroke?

An ingredient from the venom of one of the world’s most deadly spiders can protect brain cells following a stroke,…

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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…

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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,…

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‘Oatmeal eating’ baby boomers less likely to have strokes

People born between 1972 and 1981 (those at the tail end of Generation X) have a higher risk of stroke…

The evidence keeps on growing: alcohol’s health benefits are no old wives’ tale

You may recall the Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, telling us in January that there is ‘no safe level of…

Loneliness is bad for your health. Now we are closer to knowing why

Harvard researchers have discovered a new link between loneliness and poor health. They found that people with fewer social connections…

Calcium supplements and dementia: we need to wait for better evidence

Calcium supplements may raise the risk of dementia among women who have had a stroke, a new study has suggested.…

To make an informed choice about statins, here is what you should know

News that there may be errors in the algorithms used to calculate statin prescription will leave cardiology clinics and surgeries…

Green tea drinkers live longer: a daily cup seems to protect against disease

A daily cup of green tea lowers the risk of heart disease and premature death, according to research published in…

Fed up with scare stories about statins? Here is what you should know

It was the latest in a long stream of scare stories. ‘Statins DOUBLE the risk of diabetes,’ said the headlines.…

Oral health isn’t just good for your teeth — it may help your brain too

There is an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of a specific oral bacteria, according to research…

A common sleeping pill helped mice recover from strokes

Mice that had strokes recovered more quickly if they received low doses of the common sleep aid zolpidem, according to…

Don’t believe scientists who say all drinking is bad. Light boozing has strong benefits

Alcohol consumption has been a part of most human cultures since prehistoric times. While drinking practices vary by culture, ranging…

A new pocket device can diagnose a stroke in just 10 minutes

Scientists at Cornell University in the US have developed a device that can diagnose stroke in less than ten minutes…

Stress at work raises your risk of a stroke — and the link is especially strong for women

According to an analysis published in the journal Neurology, people with high-stress jobs are significantly increasing their risk of stroke.…

People in Britain are living longer. What’s the secret?

People in Britain are living five years longer on average than they were in 1990, according to Public Health England.…

A vitamin C pill may be just as helpful for your arteries as going for a walk

Taking vitamin C supplements can have some of the same cardiovascular benefits as exercise, according to research carried out by…

Fizzy drinks linked to heart attacks? Don’t believe the headlines

A study by Japanese researchers, which claims that fizzy drinks are ‘associated’ with heart attacks, has generated the headlines it…