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Month: August 2012

‘Spare tyre’ triples the risk of heart attack

‘Spare tyre’ triples the risk of heart attack

Men and women who are not overweight but store most of their fat around their waist are at greater risk of heart disease or stroke than the clinically obese. This could be because those who are overweight or obese have more weight on their thighs and hips which helps offset the problem, researchers said. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic in the United States examined the health records of 12,785 people with an average age of 44, over a 14-year period….

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Why we should talk more about death

Why we should talk more about death

In this week’s Scrubbing Up opinion column, Prof Mayur Lakhani chair of the Dying Matters Coalition, urges doctors to be more open and frank about preparing patients and their families for the end of life. Imagine a situation where most people with a common condition are undiagnosed and where opportunities are repeatedly missed to identify the problem and to offer good care. What is this condition? It’s dying. Each year, an estimated 92,000 people in England are believed to need…

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Insomniacs ‘should be given therapy not sleeping pills’

Insomniacs ‘should be given therapy not sleeping pills’

Tens of thousands of insomniacs could be helped to sleep better every year if NHS staff were trained to provide safe psychological therapies, according to a leading specialist in the field. One in four Britons suffers from poor sleep and one in 10 has a sleep disorder, but the vast majority suffer in silence or turn to potentially harmful drug treatments. Sleep problems can exist in isolation, but are more common in people with mental health problems and chronic physical…

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Little white lies may be bad for your health

Little white lies may be bad for your health

ILLINOIS, Aug 9 — How to be healthy? Exercise, eat your vegetables, and refrain from telling little white lies, according to a new study. In early findings from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, US, researchers studied 110 participants who were told to stop telling either major or minor lies for 10 weeks. The control group was given no special instructions about lying. When those in the no-lie group told three fewer white lies than in other weeks, they…

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