Scientists hope to recruit almost 100 Scots for a trial of the first-ever treatment for a condition known as broken heart syndrome.Researchers at the University of Aberdeen are working on how to help those with takotsubo cardiomyopathy - a condition which affects around 5,000 people across the UK every year. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is where the heart muscle is suddenly weakened, usually because of severe emotional or physical stress.At least 7% of all heart attacks are attributed to the condition.Scientists will trial a programme of exercise and psychological therapies for those affected. Advertisement The work has been described as a "huge step towards developing a standardised treatment" and is taking place due to a grant of £300,000 from the British Heart Foundation. The new trial aims to recruit 90 people from across Scotland, with participants signed up within three weeks of suffering an episode.They will then be given either a personalised exercise conditioning programme, a regime of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or be part of the control group.Read more:Cancer disappears in every patient during experimental treatment trialBrain changes linked to emotion in patients with Takotsubo conditionDr David Gamble, from the University of Aberdeen, said takotsubo cardiomyopathy "remains a comparatively poorly understood condition"."It is vital that we develop a high-quality evidence base to guide clinicians in the management of this condition", he added.Professor Dana Dawson, also from the university, said: "We already know that cardiovascular disease affects men and women in different ways, so there is no reason why a one-size-fits-all treatment should work for broken heart syndrome."After so long spent researching this condition, it is great to be taking this huge step towards developing a standardised treatment for it and we look forward to seeing the results in due course."The research is set to last for the next three years.The university has already led the way on research into the condition, which was only recognised in the late 1990s.
The EU's executive branch has proposed a ban on the sale of flavoured heated tobacco products, including some vaping products, as part of its plan to fight cancer.The European Commission said in a statement that its proposal comes in response to a significant increase in the volume of such products sold across the 27-nation bloc. A recent commission study showed a 10% increase in sales of heated tobacco products in more than five member nations.The ban would not cover all vaping devices, only those delivering heated tobacco. Many e-cigarettes only contain liquids and nicotine.Stella Kyriakides, commissioner for health and food safety, said: "By removing flavoured heated tobacco from the market we are taking yet another step towards realising our vision under Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to create a 'Tobacco Free Generation' with less than 5% of the population using tobacco by 2040." Advertisement "With nine out of ten lung cancers caused by tobacco, we want to make smoking as unattractive as possible to protect the health of our citizens and save lives. "Stronger actions to reduce tobacco consumption, stricter enforcement and keeping pace with new developments to address the endless flow of new products entering the market - particularly important to protect younger people - is key for this. More from World "Prevention will always be better than cure."Philip Morris International has the biggest share of the heated tobacco market, according to the University of Bath.According to EU figures, cancer was the second-leading cause of death in the bloc of 450 million residents. There were about 1.3 million cancer deaths and 3.5 million new cases per year in the EU.An estimated 40% of EU citizens would face cancer at some point in their lives, with an annual economic impact estimated around €100bn (£87bn).The proposal now goes to member nations and European Parliament lawmakers for review.Read more:How many people smoke these days?Legal age someone can buy cigarettes 'should rise every year'Last week, vaping company Juul Labs Inc was blocked from selling e-cigarettes in the US after it was found to have played a "disproportionate role in the rise of youth vaping".The ruling was made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the firm submitted scientific and health data regarding its nicotine products for review.The data, gathered over almost two years, showed a "lack of sufficient evidence" that Juul's products provided a netbenefit to public health.
Three Arrows Capital, a cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund, has plunged into liquidation, deepening the crisis engulfing the global digital assets sector.Sky News has learnt that partners from Teneo in the British Virgin Islands has been lined up to handle the insolvency of the Singapore-based firm, which was set up in 2012 by Su Zhu and Kyle Davies. Cryptocurrency insiders said on Wednesday that the liquidation would be a significant moment in the current unravelling of the cryptocurrency sector, which has grown at breakneck speed in recent years.It was unclear what the immediate financial implications would be for Three Arrows' creditors.The firm's demise is likely to raise further questions, however, about the regulatory oversight to which cryptocurrencies and other digital assets are subject in the world's major financial centres. Advertisement The crisis at Three Arrows Capital was highlighted earlier this month when Voyager Digital, a crypto broker, said it was considering issuing a default notice in relation to a loan worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The crypto landscape is experiencing tumultuous change amid a collapse in valuations of assets such as stablecoins - digital currencies pegged to the value of assets such as the US dollar or gold. More on Cryptocurrencies Related Topics: Mr Davies told the Wall Street Journal in an interview this month that it was "committed to working things out and finding an equitable solution for all our constituents".He added that Three Arrows was exploring options such as the sale of assets or a rescue by another firm.It was unclear whether such conversations were continuing on Wednesday, or whether some form of sale of Three Arrows' assets by its liquidators remained possible.A person familiar with the situation confirmed that a court order in the BVI had been made on June 27 to liquidate Three Arrows.Three Arrows Capital did not respond to an emailed request for comment, while Teneo was contacted for comment.