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Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

Health
A daily pill containing four medicines can cut the number of heart attacks and strokes by a third, a study shows. The polypill contains blood-thinning aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure. The researchers - in Iran and the UK - said the pill had a huge impact but cost just pennies a day.They suggest giving it to everyone over a certain age in poorer countries, where doctors have fewer options and are less able to assess individuals.Coronary heart disease and stroke are the top two causes of death worldwide, killing more than 15 million people a year. Smoking, obesity and doing little exercise all increase the risk of an unhealthy heart. The study, published in the Lancet, was based in more than 100 villages in Iran...
AI may help to spot heart problems

AI may help to spot heart problems

Health
A new way of identifying a common condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly may have been discovered by artificial intelligence.Atrial fibrillation affects one million people in the UK and increases the risk of stroke and long-term heart problems.It is relatively simple to diagnose when the heart is beating irregularly, but not when it returns to normal.Computer modelling at the Mayo Clinic in the US may have identified signs that indicate previous abnormalities.Researchers said it was still early days, but believe the system could lead to earlier and easier detection of the problem and, therefore, ensure patients get the right treatment, saving lives. The findings are published in The Lancet.Atrial fibrillation symptoms ...
Sports Direct faces £605m tax bill and ‘terminal’ problems at House of Fraser

Sports Direct faces £605m tax bill and ‘terminal’ problems at House of Fraser

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter Sports Direct says it is facing a €674m (£605m) tax demand from Belgian authorities - as boss Mike Ashley warned that problems at House of Fraser were "terminal".Mr Ashley also warned of more store closures at House of Fraser and expressed apparent regret for buying it, as Sports Direct published a much-delayed set of full-year financial results. The tycoon used the results statement to deliver a stark assessment of the problems his business is facing as well as venting at length about those he blames for them.He warned that the acquisition of House of Fraser had "led to significant uncertainty as to the future profitability of the group as a whole".Meanwhile, the group said its chief financial officer Jon Kem

Seattle Children’s Hospital cited for deadly mold problems

Health
Seattle Children's Hospital has been cited for multiple federal safety violations related to mold that led to a patient death and five additional infections, officials said. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a report listing more than two dozen violations of federal regulations and hospital policy, KING-TV reported Thursday. The facility detected Aspergillus mold during a routine test of operating rooms May 18, hospital officials said. The hospital disclosed the death and infections Tuesday while discussing the closure in May of operating rooms because of Aspergillus mold. Three patients were infected last year and three this year. The patient who died developed the infection in 2018, an official said. The federal violations include a failure to properly ma...
Boeing facing more problems after fresh software problem

Boeing facing more problems after fresh software problem

Business
A new software issue has been found in the embattled Boeing 737 Max planes that could mean further delays to getting the aircraft back in the air.The planes were grounded earlier in the year after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft. On Wednesday, Boeing said that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had found an "additional requirement" for the 737 Max's software changes that the manufacturer has been working on for eight months after the first crash. Image: The Max planes were involved in two deadly crashes In a statement Boeing said: "Boeing agrees with the FAA's decision and request, and is working on the required software to address the FAA's request."US government test pilots, who were testing the new software last we...