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Forty per cent of adults advised to take statins under new NHS guidance

Around 17.5 million people will now be eligible for statins after the health watchdog Nice cut the threshold in half, meaning most men over 60, and women over 65 will now be offered the drug<p>Forty per cent of adults will be advised to take statins under new NHS guidance which aims to cut 50,000 …

Did you feel that? USGS releases new earthquake hazard map

The<p>U.S. Geological Surveyreleased new earthquake hazard maps for the nation on Thursday, expanding seismic risk areas along the East Coast and in California, among other areas.<p>The maps and supporting documentation are used by municipal planners, insurers and emergency response agencies and are …

Organic Pacemaker Could Save Your Life

Scientists have reprogrammed heart cells, turning them into biological pacemakers, in a breakthrough development for cardiac treatment.<p>The technique, which has only been tested in pigs so far, initially holds out hope for infants born with heart block, a condition in which the organ’s natural …

From Alzheimer's to ADHD: what doctors can diagnose from your voice alone

The brave new world of vocal diagnostics<p>If Guillermo Cecchi wants to figure out if you've taken MDMA or meth, all he needs is a computer and a recording of your voice. Cecchi is a computer scientist at IBM, and part of a growing community of scientists who think our voices can reveal far more than …

Even before Apple Watch snafu, tattoo removal business was up 440%

The Apple Watch has spoken: It’s time to remove that arm tattoo.<p>Some users of Apple Inc.’s AAPL, -2.56% latest gadget have found that its heart rate …

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Obesity epidemic will reverse 20 year decline in dementia cases, health experts warn

Dementia cases have been declining since 1990 in England but the growing obesity epidemic will reverse that trend within a decade, the Alzheimer's Association annual conference in Copenhagan heard today<p>Britain is facing a health time-bomb which will reverse a 20 year decline in dementia diagnoses …

Among blacks and whites alike, strokes are down

The nation's fourth leading cause of death is getting a little less common and a bit less deadly. And while racial disparities remain, there is equal progress in driving down stroke incidence and improving survival among African Americans and white Americans, a new study finds.<p>Between 1987 and …

The pacemaker of the future might be made of heart cells

A new technique uses gene therapy to create "biological pacemakers" in pigs<p>Cardiologists in Los Angeles have developed a gene-therapy technique that allows them to transform working heart-muscle cells into cells that regulate a pigs’ heartbeat. This procedure, described today in the <i>Science</i> …

Niacin too dangerous for routine cholesterol therapy

After 50 years of being a mainstay cholesterol therapy, niacin should no longer be prescribed for most patients due to potential increased risk of …