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Statins 'halve cancer risk', rise in eating disorders and marathon runners advised to get hearts tested

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

Front page news on The Telegraph this morning is a study claiming statins ‘can halve patients’ risk of cancer’.

Apparently, an analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative study in the USA found that death rates for some of the most common cancers – including breast, bowel, prostate and ovarian disease – were at least 40% lower among women taking statins than for others, while for some rarer cancers they were 55% lower among statin users.

Lead author Dr Ange Wang from Stanford University in California said: ‘We’re definitely very excited by these results.’

Another report in The Telegraph reveals that the number of children admitted to hospital with an eating disorder has almost doubled in the past three years, according to shocking new figures.

There were just under 1,000 admissions of 13-19 year-olds in 2010/11 - but by 2013/14 it had soared to more than 1,800.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists said the increase in images of the ‘perfect body’ available through social media were to blame.

Lastly, experts are warning marathon runners to get their hearts tested before racing to avoid potential sudden death, The Independent reports.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Samuel Lewis

    but the RCTs showed no differences whatever in cancer incidence or mortality.

    i know which evidence i prefer.

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