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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 […]

Chocolate linked to lower heart attack and stroke risk – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 16th, 2015.

A large new study has added weight to claims that there are cardiovascular benefits to eating chocolate. But – before you go on that chocolate binge – independent experts say more research is needed to clarify the link. Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is associated with lowered heart disease and stroke […]

Dietary fats and heart disease in New Zealand- experts respond

John Kerr posted in on July 31st, 2013.

Switching ‘bad’ fats for ‘good’ fats in the typical Kiwi diet would have a substantial impact on heart disease in New Zealand, according to a new analysis. The question is, how can we make the change happen? In a new study, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington analysed the data from several international studies […]

Combined forces of ‘polypill’ cut down heart disease

John Kerr posted in on May 27th, 2011.

An international study involving New Zealand patients and researchers has shown that a pill containing  a combination of treatments has significant impact on heart disease in at-risk individuals. The international randomized controlled trial tested the efficacy of the ‘polypill’ in reducing risk factors for heart-disease, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. The pill contains a […]

Stuff/NZPA: Smoking ban reduces heart attacks – study

Peter Griffin posted in on March 18th, 2010.

International researchers have found a possible link between banning smoking in restaurants/bars, and a decrease in the incidence of severe heart attacks in New Zealand. The study, conducted by Scottish researchers, looked at the incidence of severe heart attacks three years after the smoking ban was introduced, and found a significant decrease. An excerpt: (read […]

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