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High blood pressure in women 'more dangerous' than in men

High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer," as it often has no symptoms. And now, new research suggests that women with high blood pressure are at higher risk than their male counterparts of vascular disease, prompting researchers to recommend different treatments in women.

Tripling tobacco taxes 'would avoid 200 million deaths by 2025'

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use is a cause of death for more than 5.4 million people worldwide every year. But a new review published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that by tripling the taxes on tobacco globally, 200 million tobacco deaths could be avoided by 2025.Authors of the review, including Dr.

New vaccine protects against staph-induced pneumonia

New research published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases describes how a team in the US has developed a new vaccine that protects against lethal staph-induced pneumonia.Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria causes serious infections in both hospital and community settings, write the researchers.

Heart surgeons find they can rely on less blood stock

Heart surgeons who performed aortic valve replacement operations for over 750 patients have found from analyzing data on complications that strategies to reduce the need for donor blood stocks are safe and improve outcomes.

Young adults 'damage DNA' with weekend alcohol consumption

College students are renowned for partying at the weekends, and this usually involves having a drink or two. But new research has found that this level of alcohol consumption may cause damage to DNA. This is according to a study published in the journal Alcohol.

Genetic brain development 'peaks before birth and in adolescence'

Genetic expression behind the development of our brains is most active before birth, in the early months of pregnancy, and during our teenage years, scientists have found.There is a quieter intervening "movement" in the three-part "symphony" of human brain development, but one that is more sensitive to environmental factors, say the researchers publishing in the journal Neuron.

Vitamin E may combat functional decline from Alzheimer's disease

New research suggests that a daily dose of vitamin E may help to slow functional decline for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and may help reduce the amount of care these patients need. This is according to a study published in JAMA.Vitamin E is defined as a group of eight fat-soluble compounds. These compounds include a mix of tocopherols and tocotrienols.

New molecular discovery provides clues to cause of schizophrenia

For decades, scientists have been working toward discovering the cause of schizophrenia. Now, new research may provide further clues, as scientists have uncovered a molecular process that may contribute to the development of the disorder. This is according to a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.