Painkiller heart risks must be outweighed by benefits

New research has found low dose ibuprofen is less likely to increase someone’s risk of heart or circulatory disease, compared to other painkillers. Analysis of more than 50 previous studies showed non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac, even in doses available without prescription, elevated someone’s risk of heart attack or stroke. The findings also indicated that … More Painkiller heart risks must be outweighed by benefits

Up to 27 million people living with undiagnosed dementia worldwide, says report

Three-quarters of the estimated 36 million people with dementia worldwide do not have a formal diagnosis, according to a major new report published today (Tuesday, 13 September). The World Alzheimer Report 2011, ‘The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention’, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International estimates that early diagnosis could create savings of up to US$10,000 … More Up to 27 million people living with undiagnosed dementia worldwide, says report

Diabetes UK launches checklist of 15 ‘must have’ services to stay healthy

More than half a million¹ people with diabetes in England are at increased risk of blindness because they have not received retinal screening2, an essential annual check which tests for eye disease (diabetic retinopathy). Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the country’s working-age population and leading health charity Diabetes UK warns that … More Diabetes UK launches checklist of 15 ‘must have’ services to stay healthy

Higher density of blood vessels could point to Alzheimer’s

A higher density of blood vessels in the brain could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease according to research published in the Public Library of Science ONE online today (Wednesday 31 August 2011). Scientists at the University of British Columbia found that mice modelled to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s had nearly double the density … More Higher density of blood vessels could point to Alzheimer’s

Shoppers are being left in the dark over salty bread

New research has found that bread can account for a fifth of our daily intake of salt, with some loaves loaded with more salt per slice than a packet of crisps. Consensus Action on Salt and Health surveyed the salt content of 294 fresh and packaged loaves, with the worst offender containing more than 2g … More Shoppers are being left in the dark over salty bread