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Age-related illness risk for people living with HIV: Study finds increased incidence of heart disease, COPD and bone fractures

The first large-scale review into the health outcomes of people living with HIV has found that this group has an increased risk of contracting specific diseases and illnesses, some of which are more commonly associated with ageing. The umbrella review, led by academics from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge and the Medical University of […]

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UK MPs more likely to have mental health issues than general public, survey shows: Higher rates of depression and unhappiness than among comparable professionals

UK politicians (MPs) at Westminster are more likely to have mental health issues than either the general public or other people in comparable professions/managerial posts, suggest the responses to a survey of parliamentarians, published in the online journal BMJ Open. What’s more, awareness of confidential parliamentary support services or how to access them is low, […]

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Vulnerability to Ebola and Lassa fever can now be properly assessed

Identifying vulnerabilities to outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa fever is possible following new research from the University of Surrey and University of Cambridge. This will aid government agencies and health organisations in evaluating a country’s vulnerability to outbreaks, and inform decisions on strategic investments and plans. Vulnerability — an assessment of a country’s ability or […]

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Mortality risks among pro athletes: Differences in mortality risk suggest the existence of sport-specific disease mechanisms

Professional football players appear to have a somewhat elevated risk of death, including higher risk of succumbing to cardiac and neurodegenerative diseases, compared with professional baseball players of similar age, according to new research. The findings raise important questions about sport-specific differences in disease development and the mechanisms that drive the elevated risk. Such mechanisms […]

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for kids with long-term conditions

The mental health of children and young people with some long term physical conditions could benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), according to a recent study from the University of Exeter Medical School. The systematic review used robust methods to bring together and make sense of the best science in this area. Among a range […]

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Coffee: How many cups are too much to drink a day?

Latte, cappuccino or short black, a morning coffee is an essential for many people looking to kick start their day. But while the humble coffee may be a vital feature of the daily grind, how much is too much? While the pros and cons of drinking coffee have been debated for decades, new research from […]