It’s believed that some doctors don’t take cardiovascular diseases as seriously in women as they do in men, as heart disease tends to be considered more of a “male problem”. In a new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, scientists looked at 180,368 patients from Sweden who had experienced a heart attack between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2013. During the 10-year span, the researchers found that women were three times more likely to die in the year after having a heart attack in comparison to their male counterparts due to lack of treatment.  It was also reported that women who hadRead More →

LDL is known as “bad cholesterol” because high levels are linked with increased risk of heart disease. On the other hand, saturated fats – which are particularly bad for you – also tend to raise HDL, “good” cholesterol, which has the opposite effect. It is possible that a particular food can raise overall cholesterol levels, yet still be heart-friendly. Cholesterol check So is coconut oil a cholesterol-busting wonder food, as some claim, or is this all dangerous hype? Despite all the sound and fury that surrounds coconut oil there have been surprisingly few human studies carried out to test specific health claims. So for theRead More →

It’s an oft-used phrase uttered by gun rights activists nearly every time someone with a gun slaughters a number of innocent people. And when the most lethal modern mass shooting in the U.S. occurred earlier this year in Las Vegas, it was the White House itself that deflected talk about meaningful gun control legislation. Five years ago on this day, a 20-year-old man with a gun walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and stole the lives of 20 children and six faculty members. The shooting prompted then-President Barack Obama to openly weep as he asked for more sensible gun control laws. Congress blockedRead More →

And 80% of the drinks stocked must have less than 5g of added sugar per 100ml. Hospital 'super-size&#39 chocolate ban Source: NHS England Reuters ‘Obesity epidemic’ In April, NHS England said it would ban sugary drinks if hospital outlets did not cut down on the number they sell. Simon Stevens said the NHS was “stepping up” to combat an issue that was causing “an epidemic of obesity, preventable diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer”. “In place of calorie-laden, sugary snacks we want to make healthier food an easy option for hospital staff, patients and visitors.” NHS staff are also being targeted as part ofRead More →