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Unemployment: How's That Working Out for Europe?

It's no secret that unemployment is associated with worse health and higher mortality than having well-paid employment. New data from the WHO allows us to explore the relationship between unemployment levels and various indices of health across the European region.

Published: 28 Sep, 2015    Time to Read: 10 min(s) Read More»

Drowing Your Sorrows? The Link Between Alcohol Consumption and Violent Death in Europe

The World Health Organization has recently published its report on health in Europe in 2015. The data show some interesting associations between mean alcohol consumption and rates of suicide and homicide.

Published: 24 Sep, 2015    Time to Read: 5 min(s) Read More»

Collagen patch may be able to mend a broken heart

Cardiovascular mortality has been falling in most developed countries, but remains a major cause of death. Now, a new collagen patch that helps damaged heart muscle to regenerate offers hope to survivors of heart attacks.

Published: 21 Sep, 2015    Time to Read: 5 min(s) Read More»

Clash of the Two Tons: Is Obesity Really Worse For Longevity Than Smoking?

We all know that smoking and obesity are bad for us. But a new study assessing the global burden of disease has repeated the recent message that obesity is killing more of us than smoking. Is this really true?

Published: 12 Sep, 2015    Time to Read: 5 min(s) Read More»

POW: Alzheimer's Dementia - Another Slow Infection of the Brain?

A new study has found traces of Alzheimer's disease-like amyloid protein in the brains of eight adults who died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Does this mean Alzheimer's disease might be an infectious disease, and what does it mean for future treatments for dementia?

Published: 10 Sep, 2015    Time to Read: 5 min(s) Read More»

POW: Aspirin and Cancer Risk - What's the evidence?

Aspirin is well established as an effective treatment to reduce cardiovascular events and mortality. But is there enough evidence yet to show whether it reduces the risk of developing, and dying of, certain cancers?

Published: 31 Aug, 2015    Time to Read: 10 min(s) Read More»

Pity the Poor Pensioner

Pensioners - there are more of them than ever, and they are living longer than before. Great news for individuals and their families - but what does it mean for pensions and overall financial burden?

Published: 31 Aug, 2015    Time to Read: 5 min(s) Read More»

M-Health Monitor: Evidence on Effects of Mobile Health Technology, August 2015

Here, we summarise the studies on the use of mobile health technology (m-Health) that were indexed in PubMed in August 2015.

Published: 30 Aug, 2015    Time to Read: 10 min(s) Read More»

Disease progression in Dementia: Quantifying the problem

There is understandable concern about the growing burden of dementia in our ageing populations, and the ability of already overstretched health and social care services to cope with future demand.

Published: 27 Aug, 2015    Time to Read: 5 min(s) Read More»

How Close Are We to a Universal Flu Vaccine?

Two groups of researchers have recently published results of trials of a universal influenza vaccine in animals, raising hopes that the annual race to develop relevant vaccines may soon be over. What does this mean for the risk of a new pandemic?

Published: 26 Aug, 2015    Time to Read: 5 min(s) Read More»