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2014-05-06 15:03:38

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report Maintaining or boosting your physical activity after age 65 can improve your heart's electrical well-being and lower your risk of heart attack, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. In heart monitor recordings taken over five years, researchers found that people who walked more and faster and had more physically active leisure time had fewer irregular heart rhythms and greater heart rate...

2014-02-04 11:32:34

But no causal link found with risk of stroke A report that will be published tomorrow provides strong evidence that the symptoms of depressive disorder are causally associated with the risk of coronary heart disease, and as such should be considered a potentially modifiable risk factor for the occurrence of CHD. The findings, from the Whitehall II study of more than 10,000 civil servants in the UK, are published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Findings from former...

2013-11-19 12:39:07

Although health behaviors such as smoking are directly linked to the majority of early deaths in the UK, tackling these individual factors fails to address the underlying cause. To get to the root of the problem, childhood deprivation must be addressed because it promotes damaging health behaviors in adult life. So say researchers from UCL (University College London) in a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The study aimed to quantify the effects of early...

2013-07-03 11:09:54

Diabetes is strongly associated with socioeconomic status (SES): low income, low education, and low occupational status are all linked to a higher risk for diabetes. Trying to understand the mechanisms underlying the association, Silvia Stringhini from the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine in Lausanne, Switzerland and colleagues report in this week's PLOS Medicine that a substantial part of it appears to be attributable to chronic inflammation. "Taking together the evidence...

2013-06-27 12:04:25

People who believe that stress is having an adverse impact on their health are probably right, because they have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, according to new research published online today (Thursday) in the European Heart Journal. The latest findings from the UK's Whitehall II study, which has followed several thousand London-based civil servants since 1985, found that people who believe stress is affecting their health "a lot or extremely" had double the risk of a...

2013-04-18 15:30:05

Consistent results from 2 studies presented at EuroPRevent 2013 Two studies presented at this year's EuroPRevent 2013 congress suggest that demanding physical work has a detrimental effect on an individual's risk of coronary heart disease. The first was a case-control study described by Dr Demosthenes Panagiotakos, Associate Professor of Biostatistics-Epidemiology at Harokopio University, Athens, which evaluated occupation in 250 consecutive patients with a first stroke, 250 with a...

2011-07-05 13:51:04

The greater the satisfaction, the greater the protection While depression and anxiety have long been recognised as risk factors for heart disease, there is less certainty over the beneficial effects of a 'positive' psychological state. Now, following a study of almost 8000 British civil servants, researchers say that a satisfying life is indeed good for the heart. The results of the study are published online today by the European Heart Journal. The civil servants - who were all members of...

2011-02-23 12:31:13

According to a study by Silvia Stringhini and colleagues from INSERM, (U1018 Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health) and University College London, (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health), published in this week's PLoS Medicine, although socioeconomic status and health behaviors are strong predictors of mortality, there are major differences in the social patterning of unhealthy behaviors in different countries. The authors investigated whether health behaviours are...

2010-09-16 16:59:39

Effects of depressive symptoms and coronary heart disease and their interactive associations on mortality in middle-aged adults: the Whitehall II cohort study The combination of depression and heart disease seems to be far more lethal than having either one of these conditions in isolation, suggests research published online in Heart. Previous research has indicated that people who are depressed, but otherwise healthy, are more likely to develop coronary heart disease, irrespective of what...

2008-09-24 03:00:09

By Naumova, Elena N Cohen, Steven A Putnam and Galea challenge the epidemiological framework underlying conventional public health research. They underscore the need to address population-level macrosocial determinants of health in epidemiological studies. Studying the population-level factors that ultimately determine population health is surely essential to policy development and implementation, as public health policy is disseminated at the population level. What impedes incorporation of...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.