Study shows new drugs can increase the function of good cholesterol particles but may not be enough to reduce heart attacks

Researchers have found a new class of drugs can improve the ability of particles in the blood which can increase so-called ‘good’ cholesterol’s ability to clear away fat from blood vessel walls.

The reduction of furring up of blood vessels – called atherosclerosis by medical experts - relies on reducing the amount of fat laid down in the vessel wall for example by taking statins or by improving the efficacy of good cholesterol which carries fat deposits away from the blood vessel lining.


New study shows patients with a deadly condition more likely to die in hospital in the UK than in the USA

Researchers have found that patients in the USA who suffer from a ruptured aortic aneurysm which is a catastrophic bleeding from a diseased weakening of the body’s largest artery are 13 per cent less likely to die than those in the UK.

They also found they also found that patients in both countries stood a better chance of undergoing surgery, and therefore survival, if they were treated on a weekday.


Royal opening of medical training centre for international students

The Princess Royal today opened an international student centre at St George’s, University of London.

The INTO St George’s centre offers students from around the world the opportunity to study at St George’s with its rich history stretching back 250 years and supported by  cutting-edge scientific discovery in the fields of heart disease, infection and population health.


New research proves you can die of a broken heart

Experts studying the impact of bereavement on people’s health have found that the chances of a heart or stroke attack doubles after a partner’s death.

Bereavement has long been known as a risk factor for death and this study increases our understanding of its effects on cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes.


New BBC Radio 4 programmes ask who decides to amputate a diseased foot? – Doctor or patient?

This is just one of the dilemmas examined by a medical ethics expert in a fascinating afternoon of BBC Radio 4 programmes, beginning with a drama and concluding with a discussion of the issues raised.

Some landmark legal cases turn on a careful balancing of the rights of the patient being treated and those of either society or sometimes the state.