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Can the death of an icon impact our health?

Ami Banerjee
Last edited 28th June 2009
He has only been dead for 48 hours but this story is going to dominate the headlines for weeks. Like millions of music fans and aspiring moon-walkers across the world, I found the news of Michael Jackson’s unexpectedly sudden death a terrible shock. In terms of impact on popular culture, it has already been compared with the death of John F Kennedy and Princess Diana, but two aspects set this celebrity death apart.

Heart age calculator should come with a warning

Carl Heneghan
Last edited 28th June 2009
The Heart age calculator that was announced in the press this week sounds like a good idea; however it should come with a health care warning.  We tried it out this week and entered that we were a female with diabetes, 60 years old and had recently given up smoking. The problem is, it came back with a heart age of 80. It doesn’t take account recent blood sugar levels, exercise or diet. Therefore it is rather discouraging and given there is no way of reducing the heart age what is the point.

FDA goes up in smoke

Carl Heneghan
Last edited 22nd June 2009
Over a cup of coffee, in one of those shabby railway cafes you get round England, I came across this story in the New Scientist. I couldn’t quite believe what I was reading and therefore decided to buy my first ever issue of the New Scientist - which is quite expensive at £3.25 – to lighten the train journey.

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