Heart

George Michael

Why did George Michael’s heart fail?

There is still a huge amount of speculation about the exact reason George Michael died at the early age of…

28 Dec 2016
optimism

Being optimistic lowers your risk of several major diseases

Optimistic women are less likely to develop deadly diseases, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.…

e-cigarette

Do a few puffs on an e-cigarette raise your risk of heart disease?

It has been claimed that just 10 puffs on an e-cigarette is enough to trigger physiological changes that can lead…

aspirin

Wider aspirin use would help more people live past 80

Taking a low dose of aspirin daily can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer in people aged over…

butter

To help your heart, don’t ban butter — just embrace the Mediterranean diet

Reducing saturated fat intake very slightly can lower your risk of developing heart disease, according to a study at Harvard…

lifestyle

Heart disease: genes or lifestyle? We have our best answer yet

To what extent is our risk of heart disease determined by our genes? We’re stuck with the genes we’ve got,…

oatmeal

‘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…

Migraine sufferers face a greater risk of heart disease and stroke

Women who have migraines are significantly more likely to have heart attacks and strokes in old age, according to a…

hypochondria

Why it’s no surprise that hypochondriacs get more heart disease

Hypochondriacs are more likely to develop heart disease, according to research at the University of Bergen in Norway. The ‘worried…

Hard water: bad for your kettle, great for your health

The business of bottled water is booming. And not just plain water: coconut water, birch water, watermelon water. Some brands…

3 Nov 2016

High pressure tactics

If I were to ask you to name a health problem that affects around seven million people in the UK…

20 Oct 2016

The dark side of squash: why you need to watch yourself while playing this addictive game

There’s one sport that turns even mild-mannered men into wildly competitive beasts, willing to play psychological tricks on their opponents…

17 Oct 2016

You might be better off eating more cheese than taking calcium supplements

Taking calcium supplements could raise the risk of heart damage, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University. The research,…

Could exercising while under stress be a danger to your health?

Exercising under stress could double your risk of a heart attack, according to new research published in the journal Circulation. The…

Cider vinegar to cut your risk of a stroke? Better evidence is needed

Taking 60ml of cider vinegar every day can reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood by 13 per cent, according…

Painkillers like ibuprofen ‘increase risk of heart failure’. But we don’t have to stop taking them

Using common anti-inflammatory painkillers is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, according to research published in the British…

Statin side effects are more troubling than a new paper admits

A review published in the Lancet argues that the negative side effects of statins are widely exaggerated. (The paper, however,…

That study about women’s heart attacks being missed? It’s already out of date

Women have a 50 per cent higher chance of being incorrectly diagnosed following a heart attack, according to research by…

‘Vaping as bad as fags’: the Sun’s splash runs counter to everything we know

‘Vaping as bad as fags’ howls the front page of the Sun today. It is a strange headline to run…

30 Aug 2016

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…

25 Aug 2016

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…

Taking aspirin raises your chance of surviving a stroke

Patients who take 75mg of aspirin a day, or other blood-thinning medication, are more likely to survive if they have…

The ‘low-fat’ dark ages are over — evidence shows the Mediterranean diet is best

More evidence has been forthcoming this week regarding the efficacy of the Mediterranean diet and its positive impact on health.…

20 Jul 2016

Traffic noise ‘increases your risk of a heart attack’

Exposure to traffic noise increases your risk of having a heart attack, according to research published in the journal Deutsches…

Does marriage help or harm your health? It depends who does the housework

Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, offers a bleak picture of what the state…

A diet of oily fish and nuts helps to keep heart attacks at bay

A diet of oily fish, nuts and seeds can reduce the likelihood of heart attacks by as much as ten…