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Distress linked to stroke risk 
Psychological distress can increase a person's risk of stroke, say UK researchers. The findings come from an eight-year study of 20,627 people assessed for psychological wellbeing. Analysis showed that for every one standard deviation lower people scored on the mental well-being scale, their stroke risk increased by 11 per cent (Neurology Online 2008).

COPD survival better after bilateral lung transplant
Bilateral lung transplants for end-stage COPD gives better survival than unilateral transplants, French study findings have shown. Outcomes of 9,883 COPD lung transplants across the world showed that the 3,525 patients who had both lungs transplanted had an average survival of 6.41 years (Lancet 2008; 371: 744-51).

'Wii-habilitation' for burns victims
Burns patients are using a Nintendo Wii to aid recovery. The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation in East Grinstead has had one machine installed in its burns unit and another in the hand therapy department. The games consoles are hoped to help patients regain movement in the arms and hands.

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