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expert reaction to 2 studies on air pollution and lung cancer/heart disease

A paper published in The Lancet Oncology found prolonged exposure to particulate air pollution increases the risk of lung cancer, even at levels below the European Union limit values. Another systematic review in The Lancet found short-term exposure to most major air pollutants appears to increase the risk of being hospitalised for and dying from heart failure. read more

expert reaction to side effects of common painkillers

Research published The Lancet showed that higher-dose use of some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as diclofenac and ibuprofen, increases major vascular events by around a third, mainly by increasing the risk of heart attacks. read more

new gene therapy for heart failure

Heart failure is a debilitating condition that affects more than 750,000 people in the UK, but there is currently no treatment capable of improving heart function once the disease takes hold. Experts from the British Heart Foundation came to the SMC to talk about the beginning of clinical trials for a new gene therapy approach to treatment for advanced heart failure. read more

expert reaction to resting heart rate and risk of death

Research published in the journal Heart tracked the cardiovascular health of just under 3000 men for 16 years, and found that after controlling for other health factors including fitness level, men with higher resting heart rates had a higher risk of death. read more

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