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Death rates drop as heart disease treatment improves

Death rates in England and Wales have fallen dramatically, by 25 per cent among men and 22 per cent among women, over the last decade, latest figures show.

The Week In Radio: Relax to arias of outstanding natural beauty

Opera is brilliant for the blood pressure. According to research, Verdi's arias, which follow musical phrases that are 10 seconds long, synchronise perfectly with the natural cardiovascular rhythm. When stroke and cardiac patients were played rousing operatic music like Puccini's Nessun Dorma, full of crescendos and diminuendos that alternately arouse and relax the body, they experienced lowered blood pressure and better outcomes.

'Magic bullet' tested to cut risk of heart attack and stroke

An international trial was launched yesterday to establish if a one-a-day pill can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

'He was just so charismatic': Blair's return provokes a bout of nostalgia

The man with the Golden Tan flew to Gordon Brown's aid yesterday.

Eating chocolate 'can cut heart attack and stroke risk'

Eating just one square of chocolate a day can cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by 39%, researchers said today.

Englishman nears end of 1,000-mile race

Since a week ago last Monday, William Sichel has been running around a 1km circuit of road at a disused airport outside Athens in an attempt to become the first man in more than a decade to finish a 1,000-mile running race.

Professor Sir James Black: Nobel laureate who designed the first modern drugs for high blood pressure and peptic ulcers

Sir James Black invented the first modern blood-pressure drug, propranolol, and the first modern ulcer drug, cimetidine, which rank among the most important medical advances of the 20th century, having saved countless lives and abolished overnight the need for ulcer surgery. Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, regarded Black as "the greatest drug-hunter of the 20th century. Not only did he develop two entirely novel classes of drug, beta-blockers and H2 antagonists, which had a major impact; but he also introduced a unique approach to drug discovery by using agonists as the starting point for the development of specific antagonists."

Surgical safety: 'Without this checklist, I would have killed a man'

A simple but effective safety test should be implemented in all hospitals from today. The surgeon behind it, Atul Gawande, describes how it helped him avert a medical catastrophe

Can you be fit and obese?

Kick boxing twice a week, walking the dog two miles every day – Clint Witchalls thought he was healthy. Then a visit to the doctor revealed he was dangerously overweight...

Mystery surrounds poisoning of doctor who exposed torture

Iranian medic 'was given fatal overdose in a portion of salad'

Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill, By Dimitri Verhulst

Sombre tale hits the high spots

'Healthy' sweetener linked to high blood pressure

An ingredient in processed foods and soft drinks could be a recipe for high blood pressure, research suggests.

Jeremy Laurance: A breakthrough – but the real answer lies in exercise and diet

The first of a new class of slimming pill is bound to attract attention, especially when it comes with the backing of a leading obesity researcher and is published in an internationally respected medical journal.

Anti-obesity drug takes off a stone in 20 weeks

New treatment performs better than rivals and without the side effects
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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

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Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

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Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

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