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Coffee helps women

WOMEN in a Swedish study who drank at least a daily cup of coffee had a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared with those who drank less or none at all.

"Coffee drinkers should rejoice," says Dr Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

"Coffee is often made out to be potentially bad for your heart. There really hasn't been any study that convincingly said coffee is bad."

"If you are drinking coffee, you may be doing good and you are likely not doing harm," she adds.

But doctors say the study shouldn't send non-coffee drinkers running to a coffee shop.

The study doesn't prove coffee lowers stroke risk, only that coffee drinkers tend to have a lower stroke risk.


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