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MRC notes link between social circumstances and heart disease

5th August 2011

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has highlighted a new study showing there is a link between people who have spent long periods in hospital as an infant and there future prospects – both social and physical.

Funded partly by the MRC and British Heart Foundation, the research looked at more than 8,300 civil service workers between 1991 and 2004.

It showed that the higher grade employees tended to be heavier babies and they were proportionally less likely to have been hospitalised for four weeks or more as a child.

However, lead researcher Mika Kivimaki from University College London stressed that this pattern may not apply to the wider world, since the experiment only looked at people in the civil service.

"Our findings do demonstrate very clearly that your social circumstances can affect your risk of heart disease – underlining real health inequality problems that exist in the UK today," the academic noted, highlighting how those who had been in hospital as an infant were more likely to have such problems by middle-age.

The MRC recently announced that one of its research teams has helped in discovering an antibody resistant to all influenza A viruses.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800691785-ADNFCR

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