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2008-06-15 00:00:00

When it comes to matters of the heart, it seems women in particular are a little shy of the truth. A recent report revealed two thirds of women do not realise heart disease poses a greater risk to their wellbeing than any other health problem. Ellen Mason, cardiac nurse and spokesperson for the British Heart Foundation (BHF), isn't surprised. She said: "Heart disease is still seen as a male condition. Younger women, especially, aren't aware it could affect them." She added 65 per cent of...

2006-04-26 03:15:00

LONDON -- Care for adults in Europe born with congenital heart disease needs to be improved because there are not enough specialists and an increasing number of patients, according to a study released on Wednesday. The Euro Heart Survey on Adult Congenital Heart Disease, conducted by researchers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, analysed care for congenital heart disease sufferers from data provided by 71 centers. "There is much room for improvement," said Dr Philip...

2006-01-19 19:00:00

LONDON -- Scientists in Britain said on Friday they had found evidence of why stress at work can raise the odds of developing heart disease and diabetes. Researchers at University College London (UCL) have shown that work stress is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome which includes high blood pressure, raised cholesterol levels, high blood sugar and excess weight. "We found quite strong evidence that higher exposure to stress at work is associated with increased risk of the metabolic...

2006-01-19 19:00:00

LONDON -- Scientists in Britain said on Friday they had found evidence of why stress at work can raise the odds of developing heart disease and diabetes. Researchers at University College London (UCL) have shown that work stress is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome which includes high blood pressure, raised cholesterol levels, high blood sugar and excess weight. "We found quite strong evidence that higher exposure to stress at work is associated with increased risk of the metabolic...

2005-11-07 13:32:50

LONDON (Reuters) - A British heart charity launched a poster campaign on Monday to shock children away from eating cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and hot dogs. The British Heart Foundation has hired billboards around Britain to show burger and hot dog buns filled with gristle, bones and connective tissue. The gory images are obscured by a "censored" stamp, but can be peeled back to reveal the true ingredients on the charity's Web site. "Kids have lost touch with even the most basic...

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2005-04-20 08:20:00

Drop in stress hormone tied to reduced disease risk, study suggests HealthDay News -- A happy camper is a healthy camper, say British researchers who have unearthed evidence of a biological connection between a positive sense of well-being and reduced risk for disease among middle-aged men and women. In this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors report that simply being happy -- at work and at play -- is directly related with specific bodily...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'