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A 'revolutionary' pill, the cure for aids and why you start the day with an egg

A round-up of the health news headlines on Thursday 19 July

Today's news focuses on a "revolutionary" polypill which combines a commonly used statin with three blood pressure reducing drugs. Trials at Queen Mary, University of London, showed the pill reduced bad cholesterol by 39% and blood pressure by 12% on over-50s. The British Heart Foundation has called for the pill to hit the markets as a matter of urgency, report the BBC, The Telegraph and several other nationals today.

 
But fewer of us may need the wonder pill if we eat more eggs. The Daily Mail writes that scientists have found that eggs are far more nutritious and beneficial for our health than they were 30 years ago. Not only have they found that eggs are lower in fat, cholesterol and calories, but they also contain more vitamin D than previously thought.
 
Further good news from The Independent focuses on a cure for aids - the article says researchers believe the time may have come to think the unthinkable as a growing body of expert opinion believes a cure for HIV is no longer a scientific impossibility but a realistic goal that scientists could reach in the very near future. They state the example of the "Berlin patient", an American gay man called Timothy Brown who received a bone marrow transplant in 2007 while a student in Germany. The transplant was undertaken to treat a type of blood cancer but in the process it also apparently cured Mr Brown of his HIV infection.
 
And, after a week of bad health news for drinkers, the Telegraph writes that MPs want to ban adverts for alcohol on TV, in cinemas and in sport as they warned some companies were only paying 'lip service' to their responsibilities to reduce the health harm caused by excessive drinking. More news on this on Pulse today, as the BMA thinks more should be done to highlight the dangers of Britain's drinking culture. This might be good for Scottish people, as The Herald writes that in four people admitted to intensive care units in Scotland has an alcohol problem to the tune of £9m a year.
 

 

 

 

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