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Tuesday May 31: World No Tobacco Day

Tuesday May 31: World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31, an initiative from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The aim is to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe as well drawing attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and its negative health effects.

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Hamilton scientist joins work towards a cure

Hamilton scientist joins work towards a cure
After completing his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Science at the University of Waikato, Hamilton born and bred Luke Hall was ready to take the next step of his career. While searching for PhD projects online he came across a past PhD project advertised from The Heart Research Institute. He contacted the proposed supervisor to see if there were any other similar projects. Fortunately the HRI was in the process of preparing another project which was even more relevant to Luke’s studies. 
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How we helped ban smoking in public places

Our Clinical Research Group’s human studies into the effects of passive smoking on heart disease were pivotal in the global move to ban smoking in public places.
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Why are smokers more likely to get heart disease?

Smokers have a much higher risk of heart disease than non-smokers, with smokers about four times more likely to die from heart disease. New research from the Heart Research Institute’s Inflammation Group has uncovered a possible explanation for this higher risk: the presence of certain oxidants in the bloodstream, which may stop “good” cholesterol from doing its job.
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