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BP concerns in diabetes, deadly dental X-rays and regenerating heart cells

Half of people with diabetes are failing to keep control of their blood pressure, risking ‘damaging’ complications, the BBC reports.

An analysis conducted by Diabetes UK showed the number of people not hitting their target has hit about 50% in recent years.

This means that across the UK, 1.4 million out of the 2.9 million people with the condition could be at risk.

Diabetes UK chief executive Barbara Young said: ‘It is extremely worrying. This is one of the reasons they are experiencing record rates of stroke and kidney failure and are dying years younger than the rest of the population.’

Dental X-rays could dramatically increase to risk of brain tumours, reports The Daily Express.

Researchers from Yale University found that patients who were  X-rayed were five times more likely to be diagnosed with meningioma. This is caused by the radiation transmitted during the dental examinations that are responsible for the increased risk.

But British dentists pointed out that American patients have far more X-ray examinations than in the UK and that today’s patients are exposed to lower doses of radiation than in the past.

The survey covered 1,433 brain tumour patients between the ages of 20-70.

A drug designed to repair heart attack damage could save the lives of 120,000 Britons each year.

The Daily Mail reports the new drug, known as BB3, is designed not only to stop permanent damage, but it also helps to generate new heart cells.

The paper reports: ‘It is thought that the drug may block the cascade of damage that destroys brain cells following a stroke. It is this expansion of the injury that leads to the devastating consequences such as paralysis’.