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Noise contributing to heart disease deaths

Three per cent of deaths from heart attack and stroke could be down to noise-related stress, researchers have claimed.

A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals that two per cent of Europeans suffer from severely disturbed sleep as a result of noise pollution.

This kind of stress involves raised levels of stress hormones which, if in constant circulation, can cause long-term physiological changes and eventually lead to heart attack or stroke.

With seven million people dying from heart disease each year, the toll from exposure to noise could be as many as 210,000 deaths, researchers said.

Deepak Prasher, professor of audiology at University College London, told the New Scientist: 'The new data provide the link showing there are earlier deaths because of noise.

'Until now, noise has been the Cinderella form of pollution and people haven't been aware that it has an impact on their health.'

Misdiagnosis of OCD 'can be crippling'

Failure to correctly diagnose obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be 'crippling' for the sufferer, OCD-UK has said.

Some doctors still have a stereotypical view of the condition and often misdiagnose it as an anxiety or panic disorder or as depression, according to representative for OCD-UK Ashley Fulwood.

'Most people - and sadly some GPs - still think it's just a case of a bit of hand washing and checking and that sort of thing, which is the stereotypical view of OCD,' he said.

'Often depression does accompany OCD - the OCD often causes depression. So they end up treating depression rather than the cause,' he added.

Mr Fulwood also said that, due to the courage required for someone to admit to their GP that they suffer from the condition, misdiagnosis can be 'crippling' and can take years to recover from.

OCD is a mental health condition that is characterised by obsessive thoughts that cause anxiety. Ω