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Caffeine might help people with heart troubles, research says

Drinking coffee and tea every day may actually benefit people with heart troubles.

New research has linked caffeine consumption from the two popular drinks to decreased rates of arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms.

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But the researchers warn against the consumption of energy drinks that contain high levels of caffeine for anyone with a pre-existing heart condition.

Arrhythmias cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly. Many clinicians advise patients with atrial or ventricular arrhythmias to avoid caffeinated beverages.

“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said Dr Peter Kistler, director of electrophysiology at Alfred hospital and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. “Our extensive review of the medical literature suggests this is not the case.”

Researchers reviewed 11 major international studies involving 360,000 people and found caffeine had no effect on ventricular arrhythmias.

The analysis suggests caffeine intake of up to 300 milligrams a day may be safe for patients with arrhythmias. This equate to roughly three cups of coffee.

But there may be individual differences in susceptibility to the effects of caffeine on the factors which trigger arrhythmias in some, the researchers noted.

“Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea may have long term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” Kistler said. “In numerous population-based studies, patients who regularly consume coffee and tea at moderate levels have a lower lifetime risk of developing heart rhythm problems and possibly improved survival.”

The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Caffeine might help people with heart troubles, research says

Drinking coffee and tea every day may actually benefit people with heart troubles.

New research has linked caffeine consumption from the two popular drinks to decreased rates of arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms.

Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon

But the researchers warn against the consumption of energy drinks that contain high levels of caffeine for anyone with a pre-existing heart condition.

Arrhythmias cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly. Many clinicians advise patients with atrial or ventricular arrhythmias to avoid caffeinated beverages.

“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said Dr Peter Kistler, director of electrophysiology at Alfred hospital and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. “Our extensive review of the medical literature suggests this is not the case.”

Researchers reviewed 11 major international studies involving 360,000 people and found caffeine had no effect on ventricular arrhythmias.

The analysis suggests caffeine intake of up to 300 milligrams a day may be safe for patients with arrhythmias. This equate to roughly three cups of coffee.

But there may be individual differences in susceptibility to the effects of caffeine on the factors which trigger arrhythmias in some, the researchers noted.

“Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea may have long term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” Kistler said. “In numerous population-based studies, patients who regularly consume coffee and tea at moderate levels have a lower lifetime risk of developing heart rhythm problems and possibly improved survival.”

The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Caffeine might help people with heart troubles, research says

Drinking coffee and tea every day may actually benefit people with heart troubles.

New research has linked caffeine consumption from the two popular drinks to decreased rates of arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms.

Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon

But the researchers warn against the consumption of energy drinks that contain high levels of caffeine for anyone with a pre-existing heart condition.

Arrhythmias cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly. Many clinicians advise patients with atrial or ventricular arrhythmias to avoid caffeinated beverages.

“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said Dr Peter Kistler, director of electrophysiology at Alfred hospital and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. “Our extensive review of the medical literature suggests this is not the case.”

Researchers reviewed 11 major international studies involving 360,000 people and found caffeine had no effect on ventricular arrhythmias.

The analysis suggests caffeine intake of up to 300 milligrams a day may be safe for patients with arrhythmias. This equate to roughly three cups of coffee.

But there may be individual differences in susceptibility to the effects of caffeine on the factors which trigger arrhythmias in some, the researchers noted.

“Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea may have long term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” Kistler said. “In numerous population-based studies, patients who regularly consume coffee and tea at moderate levels have a lower lifetime risk of developing heart rhythm problems and possibly improved survival.”

The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Seaside towns are ‘hotspots’ for heroin deaths says ONS

Six of the 10 local authorities in England and Wales with the highest rates of heroin deaths are coastal holiday resorts, according to new analysis by the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS research focused on council districts with the highest level of drugs misuse fatalities where heroin and morphine were a factor.

The borough of Blackpool was found to have had the highest drugs death rate since 2010, with 14 heroin misuse deaths per 100,000 people in 2016. This compared with the national average of 1.7 in England and 2.3 in Wales, and was almost twice as high as the borough with the next highest rate – Burnley, with 7.6 per 100,000.

The other seaside towns featuring in the list were Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Hastings, Thanet, and Swansea. Neath Port Talbot, which though coastal is not a holiday resort, along with the inland towns of Burnley, Reading and Hyndburn were also in the top 10.

The ONS pointed to research by Public Health England which linked high rates of drugs deaths to deprivation. Quoting from the PHE report Preventing Drugs Misuse Deaths, they said that “social factors, including housing, employment and deprivation, are associated with substance misuse, and these social factors moderate drug treatment outcomes”.

In the most recent English Indices of Deprivation, in 2015, Blackpool local authority district had the seventh highest proportion of neighbourhoods in the country’s most deprived 10%. Middlesbrough came at the top of the list, with Knowsley, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham following.

Coastal towns dominate list showing heroin and morphine related fatalities.

Deaths relating to heroin and morphine more than doubled between 2012 and 2016, from 579 to 1,201. This followed a period known as the “heroin drought” in 2010-11, where purity of the drug declined and its prices increased.

Public health bodies have attributed the rise in heroin and morphine deaths partly to the increasingly frail “trainspotting generation”, meaning people who started using the drug in the late 80s and 90s and whose health has been ruined by decades of addiction.

Mike Pattinson, executive director of the social care charity Change Grow Live, said drug-related deaths were often associated with poverty and deprivation. “Within this context it is unsurprising that mortality figures can be high in deprived seaside towns especially at a time when drug related deaths are rising nationally – when deprivation is often seen within an ageing cohort of drug users, with increasingly complex health conditions.”

Will Jennings, a political science professor working at the University of Southampton and for the Centre For Towns, said the ONS findings were symptomatic of deeper issues affecting Britain’s towns. “Seaside towns in particular have experienced a long-term trajectory of decline and now face a perfect storm of social and economic problems,” he said.

Lisa Nandy, the Labour MP for Wigan and co-founder of the Centre For Towns, said: “For decades successive governments have ignored the longstanding social and economic challenges that have left our seaside towns on the brink of a national emergency. This new data should be a wake-up call that our obsession with cities is failing millions of people in towns across the country.”

Niamh Eastwood, executive director of the drug information charity Release, said the UK was in the middle of a national crisis of drugs-related deaths. She called on the government to ensure sufficient funding for methadone and diamorphine prescriptions for addicts, to increase availability of naloxone (an anti-overdose medication), and to reform the law to permit local areas to establish drug consumption rooms.

“Seaside towns, such as Blackpool, are some of the poorest in the country and have been at the forefront of cuts to local services, including substantial cuts to drug treatment, as we feel the full brunt of government austerity measures,” said Eastwood. “These deaths are avoidable. Many local areas want to implement innovative approaches but national policy and a lack of funding makes it increasingly difficult for those working on the ground. If the government wants to save lives it must take action now.”

NHS is facing year-round crisis, says British Medical Association

The unprecedented pressure on the NHS this winter is likely to continue into the summer, the British Medical Association said.

The health service has come under huge strain this winter with almost 150,000 patients in England having waited more than 30 minutes before being admitted to A&E, according to NHS figures.

Official data shows patient waiting times, bed shortages and ambulance queues have hit record levels. While the situation would normally ease in the summer months, the BMA said hospitals are braced for more of the same problems this year.

Using official data from the last five years, the BMA’s health policy team forecast a number of scenarios for this summer’s NHS performance, measured in terms of A&E attendances, waiting times, admissions and trolley waits.

In the the worst-case scenario, the health service will suffer a repeat of scenes experienced during winter 2016.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “The winter crisis has truly been replaced by a year-round crisis. Doctors and patients have just endured one of the worst winters on record … we cannot accept that this is the new normal for the NHS.”

The BMA’s predictions are based on data from NHS England, which suggest that in the worst-case scenario for July, August and September, 6.2 million people could attend A&E, along with 774,000 people waiting more than four hours to be seen.

This would equate to just 87.5% of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours, with 147,000 trolley waits of four or more hours and 1.57 million emergency admissions.

The best-case scenario would be comparable to the winter of 2015, with 5.89 million A&E attendances over the summer and 89.6% meeting the target of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours.

The BMA said for some trusts this meant winter contingency plans would remain in place. It gave the example of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which is planning to keep its extra winter capacity open until the summer.

The association estimates that health funding in England is more than £7bn a year lower than comparable European countries, and the gap could rise to more than £11bn over the next three years. It said that long-term funding plans for the NHS must be met with urgent and tangible new investment.

An NHS England spokesperson said: “The NHS has faced continued pressure after one of the coldest March months in 30 years. Over the decade ahead our health service is inevitably going to have to respond to the needs of our growing and ageing population, which is why now charting a 10-year plan for the NHS makes such sense.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We know that demand continues to grow, and that staff have never worked harder, which is why we gave a pay rise to more than 1.2 million dedicated staff.

“The prime minister and health and social care secretary have committed to a fully funded, long-term plan for the NHS, which will be agreed with NHS leaders, clinicians and health experts.”

NHS is facing year-round crisis, says British Medical Association

The unprecedented pressure on the NHS this winter is likely to continue into the summer, the British Medical Association said.

The health service has come under huge strain this winter with almost 150,000 patients in England having waited more than 30 minutes before being admitted to A&E, according to NHS figures.

Official data shows patient waiting times, bed shortages and ambulance queues have hit record levels. While the situation would normally ease in the summer months, the BMA said hospitals are braced for more of the same problems this year.

Using official data from the last five years, the BMA’s health policy team forecast a number of scenarios for this summer’s NHS performance, measured in terms of A&E attendances, waiting times, admissions and trolley waits.

In the the worst-case scenario, the health service will suffer a repeat of scenes experienced during winter 2016.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “The winter crisis has truly been replaced by a year-round crisis. Doctors and patients have just endured one of the worst winters on record … we cannot accept that this is the new normal for the NHS.”

The BMA’s predictions are based on data from NHS England, which suggest that in the worst-case scenario for July, August and September, 6.2 million people could attend A&E, along with 774,000 people waiting more than four hours to be seen.

This would equate to just 87.5% of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours, with 147,000 trolley waits of four or more hours and 1.57 million emergency admissions.

The best-case scenario would be comparable to the winter of 2015, with 5.89 million A&E attendances over the summer and 89.6% meeting the target of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours.

The BMA said for some trusts this meant winter contingency plans would remain in place. It gave the example of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which is planning to keep its extra winter capacity open until the summer.

The association estimates that health funding in England is more than £7bn a year lower than comparable European countries, and the gap could rise to more than £11bn over the next three years. It said that long-term funding plans for the NHS must be met with urgent and tangible new investment.

An NHS England spokesperson said: “The NHS has faced continued pressure after one of the coldest March months in 30 years. Over the decade ahead our health service is inevitably going to have to respond to the needs of our growing and ageing population, which is why now charting a 10-year plan for the NHS makes such sense.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We know that demand continues to grow, and that staff have never worked harder, which is why we gave a pay rise to more than 1.2 million dedicated staff.

“The prime minister and health and social care secretary have committed to a fully funded, long-term plan for the NHS, which will be agreed with NHS leaders, clinicians and health experts.”

NHS is facing year-round crisis, says British Medical Association

The unprecedented pressure on the NHS this winter is likely to continue into the summer, the British Medical Association said.

The health service has come under huge strain this winter with almost 150,000 patients in England having waited more than 30 minutes before being admitted to A&E, according to NHS figures.

Official data shows patient waiting times, bed shortages and ambulance queues have hit record levels. While the situation would normally ease in the summer months, the BMA said hospitals are braced for more of the same problems this year.

Using official data from the last five years, the BMA’s health policy team forecast a number of scenarios for this summer’s NHS performance, measured in terms of A&E attendances, waiting times, admissions and trolley waits.

In the the worst-case scenario, the health service will suffer a repeat of scenes experienced during winter 2016.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “The winter crisis has truly been replaced by a year-round crisis. Doctors and patients have just endured one of the worst winters on record … we cannot accept that this is the new normal for the NHS.”

The BMA’s predictions are based on data from NHS England, which suggest that in the worst-case scenario for July, August and September, 6.2 million people could attend A&E, along with 774,000 people waiting more than four hours to be seen.

This would equate to just 87.5% of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours, with 147,000 trolley waits of four or more hours and 1.57 million emergency admissions.

The best-case scenario would be comparable to the winter of 2015, with 5.89 million A&E attendances over the summer and 89.6% meeting the target of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours.

The BMA said for some trusts this meant winter contingency plans would remain in place. It gave the example of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which is planning to keep its extra winter capacity open until the summer.

The association estimates that health funding in England is more than £7bn a year lower than comparable European countries, and the gap could rise to more than £11bn over the next three years. It said that long-term funding plans for the NHS must be met with urgent and tangible new investment.

An NHS England spokesperson said: “The NHS has faced continued pressure after one of the coldest March months in 30 years. Over the decade ahead our health service is inevitably going to have to respond to the needs of our growing and ageing population, which is why now charting a 10-year plan for the NHS makes such sense.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We know that demand continues to grow, and that staff have never worked harder, which is why we gave a pay rise to more than 1.2 million dedicated staff.

“The prime minister and health and social care secretary have committed to a fully funded, long-term plan for the NHS, which will be agreed with NHS leaders, clinicians and health experts.”

NHS is facing year-round crisis, says British Medical Association

The unprecedented pressure on the NHS this winter is likely to continue into the summer, the British Medical Association said.

The health service has come under huge strain this winter with almost 150,000 patients in England having waited more than 30 minutes before being admitted to A&E, according to NHS figures.

Official data shows patient waiting times, bed shortages and ambulance queues have hit record levels. While the situation would normally ease in the summer months, the BMA said hospitals are braced for more of the same problems this year.

Using official data from the last five years, the BMA’s health policy team forecast a number of scenarios for this summer’s NHS performance, measured in terms of A&E attendances, waiting times, admissions and trolley waits.

In the the worst-case scenario, the health service will suffer a repeat of scenes experienced during winter 2016.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “The winter crisis has truly been replaced by a year-round crisis. Doctors and patients have just endured one of the worst winters on record … we cannot accept that this is the new normal for the NHS.”

The BMA’s predictions are based on data from NHS England, which suggest that in the worst-case scenario for July, August and September, 6.2 million people could attend A&E, along with 774,000 people waiting more than four hours to be seen.

This would equate to just 87.5% of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours, with 147,000 trolley waits of four or more hours and 1.57 million emergency admissions.

The best-case scenario would be comparable to the winter of 2015, with 5.89 million A&E attendances over the summer and 89.6% meeting the target of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours.

The BMA said for some trusts this meant winter contingency plans would remain in place. It gave the example of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which is planning to keep its extra winter capacity open until the summer.

The association estimates that health funding in England is more than £7bn a year lower than comparable European countries, and the gap could rise to more than £11bn over the next three years. It said that long-term funding plans for the NHS must be met with urgent and tangible new investment.

An NHS England spokesperson said: “The NHS has faced continued pressure after one of the coldest March months in 30 years. Over the decade ahead our health service is inevitably going to have to respond to the needs of our growing and ageing population, which is why now charting a 10-year plan for the NHS makes such sense.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We know that demand continues to grow, and that staff have never worked harder, which is why we gave a pay rise to more than 1.2 million dedicated staff.

“The prime minister and health and social care secretary have committed to a fully funded, long-term plan for the NHS, which will be agreed with NHS leaders, clinicians and health experts.”

NHS is facing year-round crisis, says British Medical Association

The unprecedented pressure on the NHS this winter is likely to continue into the summer, the British Medical Association said.

The health service has come under huge strain this winter with almost 150,000 patients in England having waited more than 30 minutes before being admitted to A&E, according to NHS figures.

Official data shows patient waiting times, bed shortages and ambulance queues have hit record levels. While the situation would normally ease in the summer months, the BMA said hospitals are braced for more of the same problems this year.

Using official data from the last five years, the BMA’s health policy team forecast a number of scenarios for this summer’s NHS performance, measured in terms of A&E attendances, waiting times, admissions and trolley waits.

In the the worst-case scenario, the health service will suffer a repeat of scenes experienced during winter 2016.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “The winter crisis has truly been replaced by a year-round crisis. Doctors and patients have just endured one of the worst winters on record … we cannot accept that this is the new normal for the NHS.”

The BMA’s predictions are based on data from NHS England, which suggest that in the worst-case scenario for July, August and September, 6.2 million people could attend A&E, along with 774,000 people waiting more than four hours to be seen.

This would equate to just 87.5% of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours, with 147,000 trolley waits of four or more hours and 1.57 million emergency admissions.

The best-case scenario would be comparable to the winter of 2015, with 5.89 million A&E attendances over the summer and 89.6% meeting the target of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours.

The BMA said for some trusts this meant winter contingency plans would remain in place. It gave the example of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which is planning to keep its extra winter capacity open until the summer.

The association estimates that health funding in England is more than £7bn a year lower than comparable European countries, and the gap could rise to more than £11bn over the next three years. It said that long-term funding plans for the NHS must be met with urgent and tangible new investment.

An NHS England spokesperson said: “The NHS has faced continued pressure after one of the coldest March months in 30 years. Over the decade ahead our health service is inevitably going to have to respond to the needs of our growing and ageing population, which is why now charting a 10-year plan for the NHS makes such sense.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We know that demand continues to grow, and that staff have never worked harder, which is why we gave a pay rise to more than 1.2 million dedicated staff.

“The prime minister and health and social care secretary have committed to a fully funded, long-term plan for the NHS, which will be agreed with NHS leaders, clinicians and health experts.”

NHS is facing year-round crisis, says British Medical Association

The unprecedented pressure on the NHS this winter is likely to continue into the summer, the British Medical Association said.

The health service has come under huge strain this winter with almost 150,000 patients in England having waited more than 30 minutes before being admitted to A&E, according to NHS figures.

Official data shows patient waiting times, bed shortages and ambulance queues have hit record levels. While the situation would normally ease in the summer months, the BMA said hospitals are braced for more of the same problems this year.

Using official data from the last five years, the BMA’s health policy team forecast a number of scenarios for this summer’s NHS performance, measured in terms of A&E attendances, waiting times, admissions and trolley waits.

In the the worst-case scenario, the health service will suffer a repeat of scenes experienced during winter 2016.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “The winter crisis has truly been replaced by a year-round crisis. Doctors and patients have just endured one of the worst winters on record … we cannot accept that this is the new normal for the NHS.”

The BMA’s predictions are based on data from NHS England, which suggest that in the worst-case scenario for July, August and September, 6.2 million people could attend A&E, along with 774,000 people waiting more than four hours to be seen.

This would equate to just 87.5% of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours, with 147,000 trolley waits of four or more hours and 1.57 million emergency admissions.

The best-case scenario would be comparable to the winter of 2015, with 5.89 million A&E attendances over the summer and 89.6% meeting the target of patients being seen, admitted or discharged within four hours.

The BMA said for some trusts this meant winter contingency plans would remain in place. It gave the example of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which is planning to keep its extra winter capacity open until the summer.

The association estimates that health funding in England is more than £7bn a year lower than comparable European countries, and the gap could rise to more than £11bn over the next three years. It said that long-term funding plans for the NHS must be met with urgent and tangible new investment.

An NHS England spokesperson said: “The NHS has faced continued pressure after one of the coldest March months in 30 years. Over the decade ahead our health service is inevitably going to have to respond to the needs of our growing and ageing population, which is why now charting a 10-year plan for the NHS makes such sense.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We know that demand continues to grow, and that staff have never worked harder, which is why we gave a pay rise to more than 1.2 million dedicated staff.

“The prime minister and health and social care secretary have committed to a fully funded, long-term plan for the NHS, which will be agreed with NHS leaders, clinicians and health experts.”