Lead poisoning may hasten death for millions in US: study

Lead poisoning may hasten death for millions in US: studyCompared to people with little or no lead in their blood, those with high levels — at least 6.7 milligrammes per decilitre (mg/dl) — were 37 percent more likely to die early, according to a new study in The Lancet Public Health, a leading medical journal. The risk of succumbing to coronary heart disease doubled in such cases, the study found. “Low levels of lead exposure are an important, but largely ignored, risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease,” mainly heart attacks and strokes, said lead author Bruce Lanphear, a professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

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Black barbershops can help clients lower blood pressure: study

Black barbershops can help clients lower blood pressure: studyBlack barbershops are known as places to gather, socialize and get a haircut. When a trained pharmacist met men regularly at their local Los Angeles barbershop, clients were able to significantly lower their blood pressure, said the findings released at the American College of Cardiology conference in Orlando, Florida. If employed on a broad scale, the approach could make major inroads in treating African-American men, a population that is more likely than other races to have high blood pressure — a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke — and less likely to be in a doctor’s care, researchers said.

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On Twitter, false news travels faster than true stories, study finds

A new study has found that false news spreads more rapidly on the social network Twitter than real news does — and by a substantial margin. Moreover, the spread of false information is essentially not due to bots that are programmed to disseminate inaccurate stories. Instead, false news speeds faster around Twitter due to people retweeting inaccurate news items.
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