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Yoga 'probably good for asthma symptoms and quality of life'

Thursday Apr 28 2016

"Yoga could help asthma sufferers, research finds," reports The Independent. A major review of existing data found there is "moderate-quality evidence" that yoga improves both symptoms and reported quality of life in people with asthma…

Med diet best for heart disease (but some junk food won’t hurt)

Monday Apr 25 2016

"People with heart disease have a lower risk of heart attack and strokes if they eat a Mediterranean-style diet," The Guardian reports. The study it reports on also suggests that the occasional Western-style treat probably doesn't pose much of a risk…

Study argues ditching butter for veg oil won’t prevent heart disease

Wednesday Apr 13 2016

"Ditching butter for veg oil may not be better for heart," the Daily Mail reports. A new analysis of previously unpublished data from the 1960’s and 70s found no benefit in replacing sources of saturated fats with vegetable oils…

Fruit may be good for you, but don’t ditch the statins

Thursday Apr 7 2016

"Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins," The Daily Telegraph reports. A study of over a half a million Chinese people found that a diet rich in fresh fruit was linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases…

Effects of vitamin D for heart failure far from 'stunning'

Wednesday Apr 6 2016

"Vitamin D can produce 'amazing' improvements in heart function," claims The Independent about the results of a recent study, while BBC News reported suggestions the results were "stunning". However, the study in question...

'Dying of heartache?' Heart problems linked to bereavement

Wednesday Apr 6 2016

"You can die of a broken heart, study indicates," The Guardian reports. The study found that people who lost a partner had an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat up to a year after the death…

New drug 'effective' for those with intolerable statin side effects

Monday Apr 4 2016

"A breakthrough drug can slash levels of bad cholesterol by half without the side effects of statins," the Daily Mail reports. Statins are a class of drug used to reduce high cholesterol levels, often given to people thought to be…

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

Friday Apr 1 2016

"One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025," The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the "UK's population to be fattest in Europe" by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major…

Can HRT in early menopause cut heart disease risk?

Friday Apr 1 2016

"Women who take HRT drugs soon after going through menopause are 'less likely to suffer heart disease','' the Daily Mail reports. A new study found that early adopters of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) might slow…

Quitting smoking overnight 'better than cutting down gradually'

Tuesday Mar 15 2016

"Want to quit smoking? Forget trying to cut down, if you really want to kick the habit 'going cold turkey is the best option'," is the headline from the Mail Online. The news website reports on a trial by UK-based researchers that aimed to assess…

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