The Week That Was: Health and Wellbeing (15/02/19)
15th February 2019
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.
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 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.
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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