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Lung age incentive to quit cigarettes A study of 561 smokers aged over 35 who underwent spirometry to assess lung function has found that one year later 13.6 per cent of those told their lung age had quit, compared with 6.4 per cent of those given results alone (BMJ Online 2008).

CV death risk for glaucoma patients Glaucoma is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) death in black patients, according to US study findings. It included 4,092 adults aged 40-84, including 300 with glaucoma at baseline. Over nine years' follow-up, 19 per cent died. Analysis linked glaucoma diagnosis with a 38 per cent increased risk of CV death (Arch Opthalmol 2008; 126: 365-70).

Slimming pill that could tighten tummy Two proteins could form the basis of a new weight-loss drug, say UK researchers. The proteins help relax the gut, meaning it can expand to a volume of two litres. By blocking these proteins, food intake could be better regulated (J Pharm Exper Ther 2008; 324: 1,055-63).

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