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Top five things you can do to keep your heart healthy

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), the catch-all term for diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels – including heart attack and stroke – is the leading global killer. And bad heart health can lead to…
An emerging drug treatment is effective in mice but translating these results to humans will take time. TheTun/Shutterstock

Developing drugs to reduce brain impairment after stroke

Stroke claims five million lives worldwide each year and is the second biggest killer after ischaemic heart disease. Of those who survive, a significant number (around five million) live with neurological…

Cocaine increases stroke risk

Young adults are six to seven times more likely to suffer from an ischemic stroke (caused by blood clots) within 24 hours…
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It’s electrifying: non-invasive brain stimulation

A simple procedure requiring only a nine-volt battery and a few cords strapped to your head is gaining momentum with DIY types eager to improve brain function. Brain stimulation involves weak electric…
Soluble versions of common medications such as aspirin may increase risk of cardiovascular problems. Pierre Guinoiseau

Salt in soluble drugs increases risk of heart attacks and strokes

The salt found in common effervescent and soluble drugs may be exposing consumers to an increased risk of heart problems, according to a study published in the BMJ today. The study found it’s possible…
Andrew Marr experienced the need for a family carer after a stroke. David Cheskin/PA

Flexible working is great but carers should have rights too

If you are a carer, the need for flexibility can creep up slowly or arrive overnight. Guardian journalist Jackie Ashley and her broadcaster husband Andrew Marr experienced this after he suffered a stroke…
A worldwide study is showing that there are more young people having strokes than ever. Shutterstock / Feng Yu

Strokes more common, especially among the young

An international study published in The Lancet today shows stroke is becoming more common and affecting more young people…

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