NHS ‘health checks’ reduce cardiovascular disease risk, new study finds

Attending a health check as part of the England National Health Services “Health Check” programme is associated with increased risk management interventions and decreased risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the six years following the check, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Samah Alageel Continue Reading

Birthweight, height together provide insight into future heart health

It’s the proportionately of a newborn—a measure that includes both birthweight and length—that may best tell doctors whether a child is born with an increased risk for heart problems later in life, investigators report. Birthweight, while important, tells only part of the story of fetal growth, while the additional consideration Continue Reading

Large number of unplanned pregnancies among women with chronic health conditions

A large number of women with chronic health conditions have unplanned pregnancies and are at risk of experiencing adverse events during pregnancy, something a University of Otago researcher says could be prevented if healthcare professionals are prepared. Sociologist Dr. Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott has discovered unplanned pregnancies are reported by about half Continue Reading

How African homes impact health

Machine learning study finds housing have improved in sub-Saharan Africa but adequate water and sanitation remains biggest challenge. The study, thought to be the first to use machine-learning to measure housing conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, has found housing quality transformed but the persistence of slum conditions compromise health. Medical entomologist, Continue Reading

Bone health not improved by increasing protein intake in healthy adults

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Increasing protein intake beyond official recommendations has little to no benefit for bone health in healthy adults, new research in the journal Osteoporosis International reports. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Surrey investigated Continue Reading

Bone health not improved by increasing protein intake in healthy adults

Increasing protein intake beyond official recommendations has little to no benefit for bone health in healthy adults, new research in the journal Osteoporosis International reports. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Surrey investigated if protein intake can Continue Reading

Big Pharma is polluting the environment as well as your health: Pharma factories leak waste, worsening the superbug problem

Big Pharma’s many wrongdoings are well-documented, but most of us focus on the damage they’ve caused to human health. Unfortunately, a new report shows that the environment is also suffering because of their practices – and it’s setting a chain of events in motion that could undo all of the Continue Reading

Vitamin E found to have bone health benefits: Research finds it improves bone density in postmenopausal women

A new study revealed that vitamin E — in particular tocotrienol — could improve the bone density of postmenopausal women. The study was carried out by a group of scientists from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Georgia State University who assessed the benefit of vitamin E Continue Reading

California becomes first state to provide health care coverage to some undocumented adults

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation making California the first state to provide health care coverage to young, undocumented adults, a $98 million measure targeting almost 100,000 people. The immigrants, ages 19 to 25, are eligible for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The law signed Tuesday was a win for Newsom, Continue Reading

California becomes first state to provide health care coverage to some undocumented adults

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation making California the first state to provide health care coverage to young, undocumented adults, a $98 million measure targeting almost 100,000 people. The immigrants, ages 19 to 25, are eligible for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The law signed Tuesday was Continue Reading

Patients with mental health conditions denied access to ‘best available’ stop smoking treatments

A new study from researchers at the Universities of Bath and Bristol suggests that doctors should rethink which drugs they prescribe to help smokers with mental health conditions kick the habit. Their results highlight that the most effective drug at helping individuals to stop smoking is less likely to be Continue Reading