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DRUG RE­DUCES RISK OF STROKE

STATINS could help pro­long the lives of el­derly peo­ple, a study has sug­gested.

The drugs, com­monly used to lower peo­ple’s choles­terol, re­duced the risk of over 75s hav­ing a stroke or heart at­tack by a fifth, re­searchers said.

The team at the Brigham and Women’s Hos­pi­tal in Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts, looked at data on more than 300,000 Amer­i­cans be­tween 2002 and 2012 who were older than 75 and had not pre­vi­ously had a heart at­tack or stroke.

They iden­ti­fied more than 57,000 who be­gan tak­ing statins dur­ing this time and found their use was “sig­nif­i­cantly as­so­ci­ated” with lower risk of death from a car­dio­vas­cu­lar event or death from any cause.

Re­searchers said the risk of dy­ing from a car­dio­vas­cu­lar event, such as a heart at­tack or stroke, was lower by 20% while the risk of dy­ing from any cause was lower by 25% for those tak­ing statins.

BOOZE BRINGS ‘BRAIN BOOST’

A DAILY tip­ple could help stave off de­men­tia and main­tain brain power in later life.

Sci­en­tists say drink­ing 10-14 units a week can re­duce the rate of cog­ni­tive de­cline, and lead to bet­ter men­tal health, word re­call and vo­cab­u­lary in the mid­dle-aged and el­derly.

The brain ben­e­fits of booze were dis­cov­ered from study­ing nearly 20,000 Amer­i­cans over a decade, with low-to-moderate drinkers sig­nif­i­cantly less likely to be suf­fer­ing de­clines than tee­to­tallers.

How­ever, heav­ier drinkers did not reap re­wards from their al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

BUST THAT MYTH...

THE World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion says the pro­longed use of med­i­cal masks can be un­com­fort­able. How­ever, it doesn’t lead to CO2 in­tox­i­ca­tion nor oxy­gen de­fi­ciency, as some crit­ics claim.

While wear­ing a med­i­cal mask, make sure it fits prop­erly and that it’s tight enough to al­low you to breathe nor­mally.

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