New research has revealed that stressful life events are unlikely to cause stroke. Researchers set out to determine the relationship between life events and subarachnoid haemorrhage – the most lethal type of stroke, that is most often due to rupture of aneurysms (‘blisters’) of the blood vessels in the brain. To date, very little evidence exists on this topic.
According to national guidelines, the best care for acute lower back pain is simple: stay active, avoid bed rest and take regular simple analgesics such as paracetamol. However new research has found that only 20% of patients receive this simple treatment approach. Instead many are referred for unnecessary imaging and prescribed more complex medicines such as ibuprofen.
Key findings of the second G-FINDER report, an annual survey of investment into neglected disease R&D, were launched today in New Delhi, India. These show global funding for neglected disease R&D ground to a standstill in 2008.
Researchers at The George Institute have discovered that high consumption of coffee and tea is associated with a substantially reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Lead author, Associate Professor Rachel Huxley, The George Institute, says that people who consumed on average three to four cups of coffee a day had one-quarter lower risk of developing diabetes compared to non-coffee drinkers.
The new China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention will focus on research and treatment for the control of conditions such as stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease and diabetes. The Center is hosted by The George Institute, China in partnership with Peking University Health Science Center.
A new study has found that families in China face considerable economic hardship following stroke, and it is not uncommon for health care costs to push families below the poverty line. The large study shows over 70% of stroke survivors in China experience a catastrophic impact on their financial situation due to loss of income and cost of health care.