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No Safe or Protective Level of Alcohol Consumption? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke. “I have always been reasonably convinced that moderate alcohol consumption was protective for cardiovascular disease, but now I am having my doubts”. Professor David Spiegelhalter: Winton Professor for the … Continue reading

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Alcohol Consumption in Moderation Perhaps Not Too Harmful: Some Neuroprotective Benefits? (BBC News / BMJ / NHS Choices / Heart)

Summary New evidence suggests that moderate levels of alcohol consumption (drinking between 7 – 14 units of alcohol per week) results in a lower level of risk for developing dementia, when compared to the dementia risk for either heavy drinkers … Continue reading

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More on the Underlying Relationships Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes? (NHS Choices / Diabetologia)

Summary Further evidence has emerged concerning shared genetic linkages and biological processes underlying potential links between Alzheimer’s Disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Full Text Link Reference Diabetes drugs may be useful for Alzheimer’s, mice research finds. London: NHS Choices Behind … Continue reading

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Elevated Stroke Risk and Long Working Hours (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Working long hours appears to be associated with a higher risk of stroke, but the reasons behind this link remain uncertain. Working up to 48 hours per week increases stroke risk by 10%; working up to 54 hours per … Continue reading

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More on the Benefits of Moderate Exercise for Elderly (BBC News / British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Summary A study involving 5,700 68 to 77 year-old men in Norway, conducted from Oslo University Hospital, has found that regular exercise (whether light or vigorous) extends life expectancy. Participants doing the equivalent of six 30-minute activity sessions of any … Continue reading

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A Question of Height: a New Dimension in Statistical and Genetic Risk Factors? (BBC News / NHS Choices / British Journal of Psychiatry / NEJM)

Summary A number of studies point to the unexpected potential influence of physical height in the risks of developing various diseases (which may or may not be related). It was found last year that decreasing height is associated statistically with … Continue reading

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Physical Inactivity and Obesity Compared as Causes of Mortality (BBC News / American Journal of Clinical Nutrition / Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

Summary A 12-year study involving more than 300,000 people suggests that lack of exercise could be responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity in Europe. It is estimated that 676,000 deaths per year are attributable to inactivity, compared with … Continue reading

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