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Many elderly are prescribed antihypertensive medication despite already having low blood pressure

Monday, 04 July, 2016

According to a new study in the journal Age and Ageing, a significant proportion of patients over 70 remain on antihypertensive medication despite having low blood pressure. This, the study argues, has a significant effect on increased mortality rates and admissions to hospital.

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Survey of 15,000 women and men reveals scale of infertility

Friday, 01 July, 2016

One in eight women and one in ten men have experienced infertility, yet nearly half of them have not sought medical help, according to a study of more than 15,000 women and men in Britain published in Human Reproduction, one of the world's leading reproductive medicine journals.

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Prenatal exposure to paracetamol may increase autism spectrum and hyperactivity symptoms in children

Friday, 01 July, 2016

A new study from the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation to attention-related and hyperactivity symptoms.

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How much you weigh as a teenager is linked to your risk of heart failure in early middle age

Friday, 17 June, 2016

Research that followed more than 1.6 million Swedish men from adolescence onwards between 1968 and 2005 has shown that those who were overweight as teenagers were more likely to develop heart failure in early middle age. 

Surprisingly, the increased risk of heart failure was found in men who were within the normal body weight range (a body mass index of 18.5 to 25) in adolescence, with an increased risk starting in those with a BMI of 20 and rising steeply to a nearly ten-fold increased risk in those who were very obese, with a BMI of 35 or over.

The study, which is published today (Friday) in the European Heart Journal, found that in men with a BMI of 20 and over, the risk of heart failure increased by 16% with every BMI unit, after adjustments for factors that could affect the findings, such as age, year of enlistment into the Swedish armed forces, other diseases, parental education, blood pressure, IQ, muscle strength and fitness.

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Living near a landfill could damage your health

Wednesday, 25 May, 2016

According to research published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, health is at risk for those who live within five kilometres of a landfill site.

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