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People in Scotland lose more years to poor health caused by neck and lower back pain than early heart disease, researchers have claimed. Similarly, depression causes more years of poor health for the Scottish population than lung cancer, according to the Scottish Burden of Disease Study. NHS researchers calculated the…
Stroke patients are benefiting from an idea two Essex occupational therapy students came up with during a placement at Colchester General Hospital. A Cognitive Stimulation Room has been established on the Stroke Unit where stroke patients go for cognitive assessment and rehabilitation. It is the idea of Lisa Allsop and…
Thousands of Britons are dying from heart attacks and strokes after being scared away from statins by warnings of non-existent side effects, the lead author of a major study has claimed. Professor Peter Sever (pictured) accused UK drug regulators after the investigation demonstrated that aching muscles and other reported symptoms…
People who consume diet drinks every day are almost three times more likely to suffer a stroke or dementia, research suggests. Having at least one diet drink a day increased the risk compared to consuming less than one diet drink a week, a study found. However, researchers found no link…
Thousands of stroke patients in England will benefit from a "game-changing" treatment after plans to roll out the revolutionary procedure were approved by NHS bosses. Undergoing a mechanical thrombectomy can significantly improve the chances of recovery for individuals who suffer from a severe form of stroke where blood vessels in…
One of the most popular over-the-counter painkillers in the UK can heighten the chances of suffering a potentially fatal cardiac arrest, a study has shown. Researchers in Denmark found that taking ibuprofen was associated with a 31% increased risk of the emergency condition, which occurs when the heart suddenly stops…
Heart attack victims are not receiving the minimum standard of patient care in more than two-thirds of follow-up programmes, research has claimed. A study of 170 cardiac rehabilitation services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland found that only 52 (31%) met the national standard. Tens of thousands of people are…
Stroke patients are missing out on the best possible care due to a shortage of consultants and nurses, including on weekends, two reports have concluded. Experts from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) warned that only half of stroke services have an adequate number of nurses on their stroke…
Many stroke patients are being "let down" as they are being forced to wait for months on end for rehabilitation once they are sent home from hospital, experts have warned. Some of the life-changing consequences of suffering a stroke, such as weakness or paralysis on one side of the body…
A virtual nurse named Cora could save lives by preventing heart attacks, research suggests. The interactive avatar, on all smartphones or tablets, provides advice on warning signs and explains what to do in the event of a repeat attack. Patients who have had a first heart attack are at high…
Poor out-of-hours care and a lack of consultants on wards is leading to potentially avoidable deaths of heart patients, a report has warned. The study, from the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS), found worrying gaps in the care given to patients between 6pm and 8am on weekdays and over the weekend.…
A new electronic device the size of a mobile phone could transform aftercare for stroke patients and help them regain movement and control of their hands. The small bit of kit, which is being tested in medical trials, delivers a series of weak electrical shocks followed by an audible click…
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