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Being lonely and socially isolated can increase a person's risk of heart disease or stroke, new research suggests. The effect loneliness has on the heart is similar to that seen in people who suffer anxiety or have stressful jobs, experts found. Researchers from the University of York, the University of…
“I have something to say. I want to share it with you.” By tapping a few keys in a specific sequence, I have made a code emerge on the screen. When you see these words, the language area of your brain (usually the left side) converts the sequence into meaning.…
A PhD student from Glasgow Caledonia University is looking to recruit some older people from care homes and/or care at home to be involved in a study on stroke survivors if they would like to. The study is part of Megan Lloyd's PhD looking at individual, home and group, community…
Patients are suffering due to wide variations in how many cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage and who gets the best stroke care, a report has found. The study also found regional differences across other major health issues, including diabetes, hospital admissions and emergency care. It found an…
Cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins have been found to cut people's risk of stroke by nearly a third. A study carried out in France found that those who take either statins or fibrates (five participants took both) had a 30% lower risk. Statins are the most commonly prescribed group of…
Employers are not doing enough to help workers who have suffered a stroke, which has rocketed in recent years as people lead increasingly sedentary and unhealthy lifestyles, a charity has warned. The number of strokes occurring in men aged between 40 and 54 in England has gone up by nearly…
The amount of money spent on research into dementia and stroke in the UK is still far too low, health experts have said. Analysis of funding for research into the four main causes of death and disability in the UK - cancer, heart disease, dementia and stroke - found just…
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) has said services for stroke patients in Northern Ireland could benefit from an improved regional approach. In a review of stroke care across the country, the RQIA found inconsistencies in the level of service and treatment varied between all five health trusts. Access…
The UK will fail to meet international commitments on reducing deaths from preventable diseases unless it prioritises the prevention of ill health, a group of leading charities has warned. In 2011, the UK Government signed up to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) “25 by 25” goal to reduce deaths from…
Poorer people who suffer from strokes are more likely to receive a sub-standard level of care, a new study suggests. Patients from more deprived areas are less likely to be admitted to hospital, less likely to be given a key test once in hospital and less likely to be given…
The number of people suffering from heart disease and strokes in Scotland dropped again in 2011/12, official figures have shown. The latest statistics have contributed to the long-term trend for declines in cases of coronary heart disease and strokes over the past decade. Over the past 10 years coronary heart…
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