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Male gene increases risk of hereditary heart disease for one in five

Up to one in five men is carrying a gene from their father which increases their risk of coronary heart disease by 50 per cent, a study has found.

Britain braced for more freezing temperatures

Forecasters warned that temperatures will hover around 0C (32F) for most of the day, before plunging as low as -7C (19.4F) in some places tonight.

There are 124,000 heart attacks each year in the UK

Opinions are divided over cause of huge drop in heart disease

It is one of medicine's mysteries: what has caused Britain's plummeting rate of heart disease over the last decade? Deaths from heart attacks have halved since 2002 and no one is quite sure why. Similar changes have occurred in countries around the world, but the death rate in England has fallen further and faster than almost anywhere.

The Weekend's Viewing: Call the Midwife, Sun, BBC1
Sherlock, Sun, BBC1

I do understand why creators don't much care for critics.

Indian anti-corruption activist forced to end hunger strike

The 74-year-old Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare cut short a three-day hunger strike yesterday as concerns mounted over his health.

Sir Fred Goodwin joined Andrew Marr and John Terry in seeking a
super-injunction

Christina Patterson: Let's seize the chance to curb high pay

We have a business," said Sir Fred Goodwin, "that's strong and resilient." He was, he said, feeling "galvanised". And so, it seemed, was his chairman. "I'm a great believer," said Tom McKillop, "in adversity sorting out who the long-term winners will be".

Michael Lohan undergoing heart surgery

Michael Lohan is undergoing heart surgery.

Poor sleep 'poses health risks'

Poor sleep quality greatly increases the risk of high blood pressure in older men, a study has found.

Blood pressure testers not fit for purpose

Up to one-quarter of the six million people being treated for high blood pressure in the UK may have been misdiagnosed.

Letter from the editor: Animal encounters

OMG (as my children might say), what a week it has been. Unbelievable scenes on the streets of our major cities, non-stop trawling of the news for the latest (accurate) information, and constant updating of stories.

My toughest case: ‘The aneurysm ruptured, with blood pouring into the chest’

I'm Professor of Paediatric Cardiology at Evelina Children's Hospital, London. Around seven years ago, I was in Germany teaching at an interventional congenital cardiac course. The course was not just lectures, but involved live demonstrations of cases to attendees as well. For example, we had a 23-year-old girl who suffered from coarctation of the aorta; basically, a narrowing of the main artery arising from the heart. Four or five years previously, the patient had received a stretch of the narrowing with a balloon, which would have improved the blood flow in the aorta, but after the procedure she developed a large aneurysm, a weakening of the wall of the aorta.

An app a day to keep the doctor away: smartphones that can protect your health

Forget the bathroom scales. Those wishing to keep tabs on their health will soon be able to wear an "intelligent bracelet" to monitor their movement and food intake.

Ryanair charges sick traveller for drink and food

A passenger suffering a cardiac arrest on board a Ryanair flight was treated by cabin crew with a sandwich and a soft drink, which they later charged him for.

60 detectives investigate hospital deaths

Police investigating suspicious deaths at a hospital say they are working flat-out, with 60 detectives on the case.

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