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Week Beginning 22 April 2002

Heart At Risk From Anger

Watch out if you lose your cool in the daily rush to get to and from work for you may be lining yourself up for more than you might have expected. Because habitual anger should carry a Government health warning attached to it. That is according to new research. It appears that a bad temper may be associated with the risk of premature heart attack. Research shows that men who react to stress with anger are five times more likely than their calmer counterparts to have an attack, even without a family history of the condition. Dr Patricia Chang, who co-ordinated the US-based research, says temper predicts heart trouble long before traditional risk factors like diabetes and hypertension become apparent. Alison Shaw, of the British Heart Foundation, says the research corroborates studies suggesting that people with hostile personalities are more likely to develop coronary heart disease.

The Times

Your Good E-mail Health

The Internet may have some ups and downs and then smaller ups recently, but what has been ignored is its effect on our health. Yes, there has been much anecdotal evidence but nothing which is absolutely convincing. However, this week we learned that all this has changed. And would you believe it there is good evidence that IT is good for your health. The first study to examine the effect of sending email shows it has psychological and health benefits. According to researchers in the US, students who wrote emails about traumatic experiences, such as the September 11 attacks, were healthier in the weeks that followed than those who wrote about non-emotional topics, or did not send email at all. The research, conducted by the psychology department of Texas University, shows that those students who wrote about their feelings and sent the emails reported being sick for significantly fewer days than those who did not, and were less likely to miss classes because of an illness.

The Daily Telegraph

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

There is a lot in that old saying, it seems. That is as far as being struck by lightning is concerned and according to the results of a study from the USA. According to the US scientists people who have been struck by lightning may develop rare nervous disorders,. Some victims appear to show involuntary movement disorders (IMDs), such as uncontrollable blinking, hand tremors and muscle spasms - normally found in people who have experienced other types of electric shocks. Researchers from the Lightning Data Centre at St Anthony Hospital in Denver, Colorado, are unable to identify whether IMD symptoms are directly linked to lightning strikes or may have been incidental to them, and say further research needs to be carried out to establish the true picture and identify treatment options.

The Daily Mail

Not Enough GP Trainees

Oh, dear! Gives go from bad to worse for Primary Care in the UK. Each week we seem to hear more of the failings of the system. And after the latest this week, things do not only look bleak in the present but also in the future as well. It has been revealed that half of the doctors applying for GP training in Wales are from abroad, and while there is no shortage of candidates wanting to be family doctors in urban areas, there is much less interest in working in rural Wales. Chancellor Gordon Brown announced last week that the NHS is going to recruit an extra 15,000 consultants and GPs across the UK. However, in Wales there will be just 130 GP training posts available at the University of Wales College of Medicine by 2005 under National Assembly plans. There are already 100 GP vacancies unfilled in Wales and as many as 200 individuals are expected to retire in the next four or five years.

The Daily Telegraph

The NHS Is Insulting The Dead

Following on from the previous story, it seems Secondary Care in the UK is not fairing any better either. And there was shocking news this week from the South Coast. A senior NHS nurse has spoken of his shame about the standards of care that he provided in an overstretched casualty department where corpses were locked away untended on trolleys because nobody had time to take them to the mortuary. Mike Hayward, charge nurse responsible for the accident and emergency department at Queen Alexandra hospital, Portsmouth, told the annual congress of the Royal College of Nursing in Harrogate of a particular morning shift two months ago when he had 30 emergency cases waiting for admission and every inch of corridor space was filled with patients on trolleys. Four patients who died after unsuccessful resuscitations were left on trolleys for two hours in a side room because there was no time to deal with them.

The Guardian


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