Heart

If you look after your heart, you help your brain: diseases of the two organs are linked

Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam have found a connection between the early stages of brain and…

Medics find pigment in our bile that can protect against heart attacks

Elevated levels of a bile pigment called bilirubin could protect us from cardiovascular disease, according to research carried out at…

Higher resting heart rate is linked to an increased risk of death

A higher than average resting heart rate can lead to an increased risk of death from all causes, according to…

‘Silent’ heart attacks are being missed by scans and affect more people than you think

According to research in the Journal of the American Medical Association, many people suffer ‘silent heart attacks’ which go unnoticed…

The hearts of men and women grow old in different ways

According to a study published in the journal Radiology, the main pumping chamber of the heart ages differently in men…

Intense exercise lasting just eight minutes can improve teenagers’ health

Teenagers who exercise three times a week for between eight and ten minutes reduce their risk of developing heart conditions,…

Women who drink beer in moderation ‘reduce their risk of a heart attack’

Women who drink moderate amounts of beer lower their risk of a heart attack by 30 per cent, according to…

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.…

16 Sep 2015

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…

Why do only half of people who’ve survived a heart attack follow their doctor’s advice?

The graphic below contains a surprising statistic. In a survey commissioned by AstraZeneca only half of people who had survived…

1 Sep 2015

Study finds key factor behind kidney disease

According to research published in the journal Nature Communications, patients with higher levels of a certain protein are at greater…

‘Health guidelines’ are about forcing a change in the law, not changing behaviour

According to the Daily Mail, the NHS intends to ‘slash safe drinking limits’. The article is light on evidence, but…

29 Jun 2015

Matt Ridley talks to Hon Lik, inventor of the e-cigarette

Matt Ridley speaks to Hon Lik, the man who has allowed more than a million smokers in Britain to quit…

18 Jun 2015

Sorry, but there’s no real evidence that chocolate makes you healthier

Yesterday’s newspapers were full of grand claims about the health benefits of eating chocolate. The Daily Mail called it a…

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  The hidden perils of dining out For many, eating out is associated with a treat. According to a new…

9 May 2015

This idiotic NHS ‘calculator’ can’t predict heart attacks. But it might well give you one

I can understand why the Tories have ring-fenced the NHS, but if they do want to indulge in a little trimming I…

9 Mar 2015

It’s behind you

Call it what you want — spine, vertebral column, backbone or back — it’s there to support us throughout out…

21 Feb 2015
Friend or foe? Middle-aged women are confronted by a bewildering array of medication and advice

HRT: The debate goes on

Since as early as the 1940s, women of a certain age have had the option of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)…

31 May 2014

Magic bullet or massive missfire?

Forty years ago Henry Gadsden, chief executive of the drug company Merck, expressed his frustration that the potential market for…

31 May 2014

A world of choice

When you’re feeling a bit below par there’s nothing nicer than being tucked up at home, comfort foods and favourite…

31 May 2014
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Fixing broken hearts

Let’s face it, your heart is pretty important. Treat it right and your cardiac muscle will expand and contract more…

31 May 2014
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Welcome to the machine

The eye may be the window to the soul but the heart is the engine that keeps it blinking. It…

31 May 2014