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Bleeding risk for over-75s taking aspirin daily – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 14th, 2017.

People over 75 who take aspirin every day to prevent heart problems have a higher than expected risk of intestinal bleeding, say UK researchers. They argue that anyone over 75 taking aspirin daily should be prescribed proton-pump inhibitors at the same time to counter this risk. The 10-year-long study, published today in The Lancet, showed […]

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 […]

The global cost of stroke – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 24th, 2013.

An international study, lead by New Zealand researchers, has calculated the total worldwide cost of stroke in terms of years of good health lost to death and disability — 100 million years. The research, published in leading medical journal the Lancet, used data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) to estimate […]

Statin risks highlighted in US labelling change

John Kerr posted in on March 2nd, 2012.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added diabetes and memory loss to the list of side effects for cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. This week the governing body for pharmaceuticals in the US, the FDA, announced it was adding several side effects to the information required to be made available with statins, a […]

Anti-inflammatory drugs and cardiovascular risk

John Kerr posted in on September 28th, 2011.

A review of research has clarified the heart and stroke risks associated with taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Australian and Canadian researchers have analyzed the risk of heart attack and stroke from commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Nurofen and Voltaren, by reviewing a number of studies. Of the drugs investigated, naproxen and low-dose ibuprofen (Nurofen) […]

UN Non-Communicable Disease meeting concludes

John Kerr posted in on September 22nd, 2011.

As the United Nations High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable diseases (NDCs) concludes, some general resolutions have been agreed to – but public health researchers are deploring a lack of action and accountability from Member States. The meeting was held in New York on the 19th and 20th of September, bringing together UN Member States to […]

Salt – how much is too much?

John Kerr posted in on July 28th, 2011.

Writer Kate Fraser investigates the health effects of salt and what we are doing to mitigate them. An excerpt (from the Press, read in full here): How much salt is too much? The anti-smoking lobby has a pointer or two when it comes to cutting down on salt, writes Kate Fraser . Every other day […]

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NZ Herald: Popular painkillers ‘lift stroke, heart risk’

Peter Griffin posted in on January 14th, 2011.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about a new study which suggests that the long-term use of popular painkillers, including NSAIDs like ibuprofen and diclofenac, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It found that ibuprofen use was associated with three times’ higher risk for stroke than placebos (the highest risk), with […]

Improving recovery after strokes

Peter Griffin posted in on November 4th, 2010.

International research involving University of Otago researchers has found a new neuronal signalling pathway which could lead to improved treatments better able to limit the brain damage sustained after a stroke has taken place. The research, published in prestigious journal Nature, looked at brain damage in mice following stroke. It found that using a drug […]

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Limiting brain damage in stroke victims – new research

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 4th, 2010.

Current therapies for stroke victims depend on rapid access to medical care. Within hours of a stroke, irreversible brain damage begins spreading to neighbouring regions of the brain. Now a New Zealand neuroscientist’s team has found a promising way to enhance recovery in these surrounding areas, even when treatment is delayed. The study is published […]

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