Tag Archives: Cardiovascular Risk

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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Moderate Levels of Alcohol Consumption: An Unequivocal Public Health Message? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Meta-analysis of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (2016)’s 694 data sources, plus 592 other studies, suggests strongly that alcohol consumption is a leading risk factor for disease burden worldwide. Alcohol consumption may account for … 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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One More Genetic Link in the Longevity Enigma? (BBC News / Sanger Institute / Nature Communications)

Summary People living in the isolated Greek villages of Zoniana and Anogia have a noted tendency to live well into old age. They have a lower than expected incidence of cardiovascular disease, including heart problems, heart attacks and stroke. It … Continue reading

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Perhaps No Such Thing as Healthy Obesity? (BBC News / NHS Choices / EurekAlert!)

Summary Analysis of UK GP records by researchers at the University of Birmingham indicates that otherwise “metabolically healthy” obese people do have a statistically higher chance of heart disease, stroke or mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack) and heart failure compared … Continue reading

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Blood Pressure: a Risk Factor for Vascular Dementia (Alzheimer’s Society / Stroke / BHF)

Summary Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health, following 4.28 million individuals, have shown a statistical association indicating that high blood pressure in middle age significantly increases the risk of developing vascular dementia (the second most common form of … Continue reading

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