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Monday 11 December 2017

Viagra helps treat heart

Viagra could provide a treatment for heart disease as well as problems in the bedroom, a study suggests.

In trials, the impotency pill's active ingredient improved the heart performance of patients with a range of conditions while having no adverse effect on blood pressure. Most importantly, it helped prevent harmful thickening of the heart's main pumping chamber caused by the organ having to work too hard.

The condition, known as left ventricular hypertrophy, can lead to heart failure, an inability to pump blood around the body. Italian lead researcher Dr Andrea Isidori, from Sapienza University in Rome, called for trials to build on his team's "encouraging findings".

Bomber kills 17 at mosque

A suicide bomber has targeted a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 worshippers.

A police officer said the attacker blew up his explosives-laden vest as people were leaving the al-Khairat mosque in Baghdad's Sinak commercial area following noon prayers today. At least 25 people were wounded in the explosion.

New president of Indonesia

Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has been inaugurated as Indonesia's new president.

Mr Widodo rose from humble beginnings to become Jakarta governor before winning elections in July with 53pc of the vote. A former furniture salesman, he is the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country's established political, business and military elite. The 53-year-old faces tough challenges rebooting the slowing economy in the country of 250 million.

Fire alarm stops live TV show

TV host Lorraine Kelly apologised to viewers this morning after her ITV show was pulled off air as a result of a fire alarm.

She and staff on the show had to file out of the studio at London's South Bank and the final few moments of the live edition of her Lorraine programme had to be replaced. The presenter posted a message online to explain her absence. She wrote: "So sorry. We had to evacuate the building. First time in 30 years."

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