Tagged: heart disease

Large-scale genetic study provides new insight into the causes of stroke - News

Jean Balchin Mar 19, 2018

An large-scale international genetic study on stroke, based on DNA samples of 520,000 people has identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke. Published recently in the journal Nature Genetics, the study’s participants originated from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia, and were compiled from 29 large studies. 67,000 participants in the study had suffered a stroke. From … Read More

Yes, too much sugar is bad for our health – here’s what the science says - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 13, 2018

Kieron Rooney, University of Sydney This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The World Health Organisation recommends limiting “free sugars” to less than 10% of our total energy intake. This equates to around 12 teaspoons a day for an average adult. But more than half of Australian adults exceed … Read More

Four ways alcohol is bad for your health - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 08, 2018

Steve Allsop, Curtin University; Eveline Lensvelt, Curtin University, and Tanya Chikritzhs, Curtin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In Australia, almost 6,000 deaths a year can be attributed to alcohol, as well as around 400 hospitalisations a day. While drinking has declined in some … Read More

Your Fitbit could warn you about heart disease - News

Jean Balchin Feb 23, 2018

It seems that almost everyone these days has a fitbit, or some other form of wearable sensor for personal fitness tracking. However, a research article published in the open access journal PLOS Biology has revealed that these finicky little devices can be used to gain new insights in several fields of biomedical research.  Weng Khong Lim and colleagues from the SingHealth … Read More

More evidence on alcohol, health and the ‘J-curve’ - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 18, 2017

Another study out on the alcohol-health J-curve. This one uses 13 linked waves of the US National Health Interview Survey series, 1997 to 2009, to look at all-cause mortality, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and drinking.* Lifetime abstainers are taken as baseline, so there is no sick-quitter confound. There could be confounding if those with poor health never begin drinking, … Read More

How our immune system causes heart disease - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 24, 2017

Rahul Kurup, Heart Research Institute Heart disease is among the leading causes of death globally and imposes a significant burden on the health-care system. We know some of the causes of heart disease: smoking, unhealthy diet, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and genes. But there are also a lot of people who die from heart … Read More

Alcohol and mortality, yet again - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 02, 2016

In a recent Dominion Post editorial Doug Sellman’s right about one thing: alcohol consumption does increase your risk of cancer. But unless your family history of cancer gives you a lot more to worry about than your family history of heart disease, you should be looking at the stats on all-source mortality rather than the stats for any particular disorder. The … Read More

World needs to ‘get serious’ about exercise - News

John Kerr Jul 28, 2016

The world needs to lift its game when it comes to exercise, warn public health researchers, saying we face a “global pandemic” of physical inactivity. The call comes as part of Special Series published today in leading medical journal The Lancet. The authors of the Series warn there has been too little progress in tackling the global pandemic of physical inactivity, … Read More

What’s going on at the UOC? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Feb 09, 2016

Q. What has Mars, Epidemics, Heart Disease, Infection, and Pacifika got in common? A. They are all central to research project at the University of Otago Christchurch (UOC). Here are some excerpts for the UOC summer newsletter (Written by UOC communications manager, Kim Thomas). Christchurch in NASA Mars project role University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers are playing a crucial role … Read More

Diabetic heart disease: Perpetrator identified - News

Erica Mather Aug 13, 2015

Researchers from the University of Otago have identified a key protein which triggers heart disease in people with diabetes.  Their results pave the way for future development of new therapies to combat the cardiovascular complications in diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic illness that currently affects 380 million people worldwide and this is expected to double by 2035.  Over 50 … Read More

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