Health anxiety may increase risk of heart disease, research finds

Study suggests worried well who fret over non-existent illnesses are 70% more likely to develop heart diseases Fit and healthy people who worry about developing an illness may be increasing their risk of heart disease by unnecessarily fretting over their health, research suggests. A study of more than 7,000 people over 12 years found that those with health anxiety at the start of the study were about 70% more likely to develop heart disease than those without that state of mind. Additionally, the researchers found that the higher the reported anxiety, the higher the risk of heart disease. Anxiety is…

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A decade of deadlock over Alzheimer’s treatment may be drawing to a close

The next phase of trials for a new Alzheimers drug will answer the real question: are brain plaques the root cause of the disease, or just a symptom? When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimers he recalled his wifes relief that he hadnt got a brain tumour. All I could think then was, I know three people who have got better after having a brain tumour. I havent heard of anyone whos got better from Alzheimers, the latest trial results from Merck,

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Prehistoric humans may have hunted cave lions to extinction, fossils indicate

Researchers believe they have found evidence that humans were skinning cave lions 16,000 years ago, and could have played a part in their extinction Cave lions might have been hunted to extinction by humans, according to researchers who say they have found evidence that the creatures were skinned for their pelts 16,000 years ago. Larger than an African lion, but thought to lack a mane, cave lions were hunted by Neanderthals, with some evidence that Homo sapiens occasionally also killed the animals, alongside other more commonly-hunted carnivores. But now a team of researchers from Spain say they have found evidence…

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