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Publication date:- 2017-14-04

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Grey hair linked with increased heart disease risk in men

GREY hair has been linked with an increased risk of heart disease in men, in research presented at EuroPrevent 2017.  "Ageing is an unavoidable coronary risk factor and is associated with dermatological signs that could signal increased risk. More research is needed on cutaneous signs of risk that would enable us to intervene earlier in the cardiovascular disease process." said Dr Irini Samuel, a cardiologist at Cairo University, Egypt.

Atherosclerosis and hair greying share similar mechanisms such as impaired DNA repair, oxidative stress, inflammation, hormonal changes and senescence of functional cells. This study assessed the prevalence of grey hair in patients with coronary artery disease and whether it was an independent risk marker of disease. This was a prospective, observational study which included 545 adult men who underwent multi slice computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography for suspected coronary artery disease. Patients were divided into subgroups according to the presence or absence of coronary artery disease, and the amount of grey / white hair.

The amount of grey hair was graded using the hair whitening score:-

1 = pure black hair.
2 = black more than white.
3 = black equals white.
4 = white more than black.
5 = pure white.

Each patients' grade was determined by two independent observers.

Data was collected on traditional cardiovascular risk factors including:- hypertension, diabetes, smoking, dyslipidaemia, and family history of coronary artery disease.

The researchers found that a high hair whitening score (grade 3 or more) was associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease independent of chronological age and established cardiovascular risk factors.

Patients with coronary artery disease had a statistically significant higher hair whitening score and higher coronary artery calcification than those without coronary artery disease.

In multivariate regression analysis, age, hair whitening score, hypertension and dyslipidaemia were independent predictors of the presence of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.

Only age was an independent predictor of hair whitening.

"Atherosclerosis and hair greying occur through similar biological pathways and the incidence of both increases with age.  Our findings suggest that, irrespective of chronological age, hair greying indicates biological age and could be a warning sign of increased cardiovascular risk." said Dr Samuel.

Dr Samuel said asymptomatic patients at high risk of coronary artery disease should have regular check ups to avoid early cardiac events by initiating preventive therapy. 

"Further research is needed, in coordination with dermatologists, to learn more about the causative genetic and possible avoidable environmental factors that determine hair whitening. A larger study including men and women is required to confirm the association between hair greying and cardiovascular disease in patients without other known cardiovascular risk factors.  If our findings are confirmed, standardisation of the scoring system for evaluation of hair greying could be used as a predictor for coronary artery disease." said Dr Samuel.

UK's TV Licensing now targeting Boat Owners

WITH increasing numbers deciding to choose a life on water, TV Licensing is urging boat dwellers in Southport to ensure they are correctly licensed to watch TV. More than a quarter of today's 33,000 boats moored on UK waterways are used as primary residences as opposed to 10 years ago when it was just 10% of 31,000 boats. By law, residential boat owners need a TV Licence to watch live television, or catch up TV on BBC iPlayer. This is true no matter what device is used, how the programmes are received, or whether the boat is cruising or moored.

Matthew Thompson, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:- "A life afloat has become an appealing option for many, so it is important boat owners understand the same rules apply when it comes to watching TV. We don't want anyone to be caught out of their depth if they are found watching live TV, or BBC programmes on iPlayer, on board without a valid licence. If caught, boat owners face prosecution and a fine of up to ₤1,000."

Beryl McDowall, General Secretary of the Residential Boat Owners' Association (RBOA), said:- "There are many things to consider when taking the plunge and moving to a life on water. These include sorting out a boat licence, surveying costs, safety certificates, as well as insurance. It's also important boat owners understand all of the legal responsibilities, which include getting a TV Licence if their boat is their main residence; we don't want anyone to get caught out."

It's easy to pay for a TV Licence or update details online, using a forwarding address if necessary. There are many ways to spread the cost, including weekly, fortnightly or monthly cash payment plans and direct debit options, which can be set up quickly. You do not need a fixed address to receive your TV Licence, as a licence can be arranged for your boat and sent to you by email.  Canal boat owners should visit:- TVLicensing.Co.UK/Info for more information about when a licence is needed.

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