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The Week That Was: Health and Wellbeing (15/02/19)

15th February 2019

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Sleep deprivation increases our sensitivity to pain, study finds

Sleep deprivation can change the circuitry in the brain in ways that amplify pain, a new study from the University of California has found. For instance, people who develop chronic pain often lose the ability to sleep well, and quickly point to a bad back, sciatica or arthritis as the reason.

Know your blood pressure like you know your PIN

Health officials are urging us to become as familiar with our blood pressure and cholesterol as we are with our bank PIN. Public Health England (PHE) claims ‘thousands of heart attacks and strokes could be prevented’ if the public was clued up on their vital health information.

Drinking Diet Coke everyday ‘increases risk of dying young from stroke and heart attack’

Drinking Diet Coke everyday increases your risk of dying young, experts have warned. Two or more artificially-sweetened drinks a day ups the risk of stroke by a quarter and heart disease by a third, new findings show.

New statins regime for over-40s: Thousands to be prescribed cholesterol drugs to prevent heart attacks

An extra 100,000 people will be given statins under new plans to prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes. Health officials want to increase the number of people who have had their cholesterol recorded, and detect and treat millions more people living with undiagnosed high blood pressure in England.

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