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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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World report on fertility treatments reveals high use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) Editor attacks the over-use of ICSI as ‘ineffective and costly care’

Monday, 23 May, 2016

The editor-in-chief of one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals has attacked the rising use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for the treatment of infertility, following publication of the latest world report on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) [1] today (Saturday). 

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Research highlights concerns over the naming of child homicide offenders

Friday, 20 May, 2016

A new article published today in The British Journal of Criminology, which analysed the views of members of the criminal justice system, has raised concerns over the naming of child homicide offenders in England and Wales. The main worries being the disregard for a child’s wellbeing and denying the prospect of reintegration.

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Infants whose mothers have taken SSRI antidepressants are more likely to have decreased birth weight and gestational length

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

A new study, published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, has found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has a significant association with lower birth weight and gestational length. This was found to be in cases where mothers had taken the drug for two or more trimesters.

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