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Today at Euro 2008: Hiddink calls up Ivanov to replace injured Pogrebnyak

Russia have replaced the injured striker Pavel Pogrebnyak with the uncapped midfielder Oleg Ivanov in their Euro 2008 squad. Pogrebnyak pulled out of the Championship on Saturday with a knee injury he picked up shortly after scoring in a warm-up match against Serbia on 28 May. The 21-year-old Ivanov, who plays for the Russian club Krylya Sovietov Samara, featured in the coach Guus Hiddink's provisional squad for the tournament. Russia's forward options for their opener against Spain tomorrow were already limited before Pogrebnyak's injury because the playmaker Andrei Arshavin is suspended for the first two matches.

Prescribing more statins could save lives

More than one million adults at high risk of a heart attack or stroke are missing out on treatment that could save their lives, experts said yesterday.

Gloucester 8 Bath 6: Qera quickens pace of Gloucester's title march

These little West Country love-ins used to have a kith-and-kin, nearest-and-dearest, enemy-next-door feel to them, with familiarity breeding the utmost contempt. Exotica? Not on your nelly. For years, the only outlandish thing about a Gloucester-Bath derby at Kingsholm was Stuart Barnes' garish "lucky" bow tie, and while the home supporters were indeed bamboozled by the thought that anyone might actually wear such an item in public, there was no confusion over the outside-half's body language when, on kicking a goal, he would bow before the seething inhabitants of the Shed, adding a two-fingered salute with a mischievous sweep of the arm.

Numbers up: The truth about statistics

Scientists put numbers on everything. But can we believe them? As a new watchdog exposes the surveys that just don't add up, Simon Usborne investigates

Album: Temple of Soul, Brothers in Arms (Hypertension)

Temple of Soul is a sort of American equivalent of Tackhead, featuring top session players stretching out in search of their own thang – or rather, James Brown's, Jimi Hendrix's and Herbie Hancock's thangs, judging by the jazz-funk indulgence that is Brothers in Arms.

Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA): What's the best medication?

Following a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) last year I had a number of scans. One showed that there had been a bleeding from the brain. The scan showed a small infarction, with "minimal haemorrhagic conversion". I have since been on bendroflumethiazide and ramipril to lower blood pressure. These have controlled my blood pressure, but have also interfered with my ability to get an erection. My GP was about to prescribe Cialis, but on checking found that it was not recommended where a haemorrhage has occurred. Is there any other medication that may be suitable?

10 tips for a healthy lifestyle

Sometimes it can feel as though eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise and finding the time to find yourself is impossible. But learning to live a healthier lifestyle is easy when you change one small thing at a time. Follow Rosalind Ryan's advice and you'll soon be full of beans

Study finds snoring partners can be bad for your health

As most couples know to their cost, it is all too easy to raise one's partner's blood pressure while awake. Now scientists have shown that we may be liable to do it in our sleep, too.

A killer on the shelves: the shocking truth about children's food

Even supermarket staples can contain terrifying levels of harmful additives – and research published today highlights the cost to the health of our nation's children

Middle Age: Why are fit people like me keeling over?

I'm 46, a lifelong non-smoker, moderate meat and alcohol intake (less than 20 units a week), cyclist/walker/runner/swimmer, BMI 21-23, and no family history of heart trouble. I should have no worries, but I'm mindful of the ostensibly healthy men who have keeled over in middle age (Alan Ball, Geoff Hamilton, Ken Barrington, Leonard Rossiter, Robin Cook, Billy Bremner, Douglas Adams...). I've always pushed myself hard when I run and swim. Should I ease up now I'm over 45? What medical tests should I request? I do get brief spells of apparently fluttering heart-beats, but I've always had this. Should I take these as a warning?

Bloody eyes: No need for concern

A co-worker is getting frequent bloodstains in part of her left eye. They appear unexpectedly and last for about 10 days. Her GP and a specialist told her not to worry as long as there is no eye pain or discomfort. I have doubts, and I wonder if this is masking more serious problems. She is in her late fifties and overweight. Her blood pressure is normal. She does not smoke and hardly drinks alcohol. She likes good coffee but only has one a day. She is not too keen on exercising. She wears glasses and has several pairs.

Blood Pressure: how to control it

"I have been taking blood-pressure tablets of one kind or another for more than 20 years. Over the past year, I've lost nearly a stone, and have been able to stop one of my two daily tablets. I am now only taking ramipril. I would like to stop the tablets altogether, and control my blood pressure with diet and exercise. Is this an unrealistic hope? What should I be eating? And what exercise should I do? I am 49, female, and my BMI is now just below 25. I don't smoke, but probably drink a bit more than recommended, some weeks at least. My favourite exercise is walking."

High blood pressure: how can I lower it?

What can I do to lower my blood pressure? I am in reasonably good health now, but there's a history of stroke in my family.

Cold sensations: what's causing them?

I am a 60-year-old male and have a problem with cold sensations down the outside of my left arm and leg. Sitting in a heated room does not improve the chilling sensation, and neither does a blanket. The only way to warm the outside of my arm and leg is to sit with radiant heat on my left side. This problem has been with me for eight years. No one seems to have any idea what the cause of it is.

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