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Is chocolate good for the heart?

John Kerr posted in on August 30th, 2011.

High levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease, according to a new study. However, the authors and independent experts urge caution in the interpretation of the results.   The research, to be published today in the British Medical Journal, analysed data from previous studies […]

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Experts respond: too much TV increases heart risk

John Kerr posted in on April 21st, 2011.

A recent Australian study has validated what what mothers around the world have been saying for decades: ‘stop watching TV – go outside and play!’ The study, published this week in the American Heart Association journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, found that the more time a child spends watching television, the narrower the arteries […]

NZ Herald: Medical professionals concerned by energy-drink buzz

Peter Griffin posted in on April 12th, 2010.

Anna Rushworth writes in the Herald on Sunday that research carried out by the paper showed that energy drinks can raise the heartbeats of some of the people who drink them. Concerns have arisen recently over the marketing of very high caffeine energy drinks to young people.  Heart specialists are suggesting that people not overconsume […]

The Press: Heart patient first in world with new valve

Peter Griffin posted in on November 9th, 2009.

An article in The Press talks about Tom Morland, of Christchurch, who is the first man in the world to have a newly-developed heart valve implanted. Whereas previously, doctors had to use clamps or stitches to stop an artery bleeding, the same effect can now be achieved using the new, biodegradable, valve. An excerpt: (read […]

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