Inflammation’s surprising role in heart disease

Inflammation, often seen as a villain in relation to health, may protect against heart disease, a study suggests.

Scientists were surprised by the finding since they suspected inflammation was likely to increase the risk of heart and artery disease, not reduce it.

The new research, which involved data from more than a million men, looked for individuals with genetic variants that naturally dampen inflammation by blocking interleukin-1.

As expected, people with this trait had a reduced risk of developing