Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

Cholesterol-lowering “statin” drugs taken by millions of Britons may not work well enough in about half of those prescribed them, research suggests. UK investigators looked at 165,000 patients on statins and found that for one in two, the drugs had too little effect on bad cholesterol – one of the big risk factors for heart disease. More...

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By SLPundit On Monday, April 15th, 2019
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Israeli researchers print first 3D heart using patient’s own cells

Israeli researchers have printed a 3D heart using a patient’s own cells, something they say could be used to patch diseased hearts — and possibly, full transplants. The heart the Tel Aviv University team printed More...

By SLPundit On Monday, April 15th, 2019
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Sitting for more than 13 hours a day may sabotage the benefits of exercise, study says

Sitting for most of the day could make us resistant to the usual metabolic benefits of exercise, according to a small but worrying new study. The findings, in the Journal of Applied Physiology, suggest that inactivity More...

By SLPundit On Monday, April 15th, 2019
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Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

A baby who had surgery on her spine while still in her mother’s womb is home with her family and “doing brilliantly”. Bethan Simpson, 26, from Essex, was told her daughter Elouise had spina More...

By SLPundit On Monday, April 15th, 2019
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Dutch fertility doctor used own sperm to father 49 children, DNA tests show

A Dutch fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients without their consent has been confirmed as the father of 49 children. DNA tests revealed that Jan Karbaat, who died two years ago, More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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Is exercise in a hot room good for you?

Fitness gurus everywhere are turning up the heat. From sauna-pilates to burning-barre and hot booty sculpting to sweaty-spin sessions, almost every form of exercise is now being offered with added heat. Now, there More...

By SLPundit On Saturday, April 13th, 2019
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Gene-silencing: ‘New class’ of medicine reverses disease porphyria

Doctors have used a new type of medicine called “gene silencing” to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain. The condition, acute intermittent porphyria, also causes paralysis and More...

By SLPundit On Friday, April 12th, 2019
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More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

An NHS scheme that has enabled GP practices to free up more time for doctors to see their patients is to be extended following a successful pilot. NHS England said the Time For Care scheme, tried out at certain More...

By SLPundit On Friday, April 12th, 2019
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Bounty pregnancy club fined £400,000 over data handling

Pregnancy club Bounty UK has been given a £400,000 fine for illegally sharing the personal information of more than 14 million people. The fine was issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) More...

By SLPundit On Friday, April 12th, 2019
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Ebola outbreak ‘not global emergency yet’

The World Health Organization says the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet a global health emergency. The Ebola outbreak is the second biggest in history – infecting 1,206 people More...