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Lifestyle factors drive global stroke cost – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2016.

Over 90 percent of the death and disability caused by stroke is linked to modifiable risk factors, finds a new global study lead by a Kiwi. The authors of the new research, published in The Lancet Neurology, say that taxation could be the key to lowering these risk factors and decreasing the global burden of […]

Cardiovascular risk and credit ratings – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on November 18th, 2014.

A poor credit rating is linked to poor heart health, according to new New Zealand-based research, with factors such as education, cognitive ability and levels of self-control underlying the association. The new study draws on data from the University of Otago’s long-running Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which began in 1972 and has tracked […]

Expert on review questioning use of statins to prevent cardiovascual disease

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2011.

A review by the Cochrane Collaboration of medical studies on the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), suggests the drugs have negligible benefit for those without a history of cardiovascular disease. Statins have well-documented benefits for those with a history of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in New Zealand*. However the review […]

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