Primary prevention and risk factor reduction in coronary heart disease mortality among working aged men and women in eastern Finland over 40 years: population based observational study

BMJ, 1 March 2016

This population based observational study aims to estimate how much changes in the main risk factors of cardiovascular disease (smoking prevalence, serum cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure) can explain the reduction in coronary heart disease mortality observed among working aged men and women in eastern Finland.

The study concludes that reductions in disease burden and mortality due to coronary heart disease can be achieved through the use of population based primary prevention programmes. Secondary prevention among high risk individuals and treatment of acute events of coronary heart disease could confer additional benefit.

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Asthma and allergy devices ‘not used properly’

BBC News, 22 December 2014

Patients with asthma and severe allergies are often not taught how to use their medical devices properly, charities have warned.¬† Asthma UK said in some cases poor technique led to people being put on stronger inhalers than they actually needed….

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