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  • Once-a-day heart combo pill shows promise in study

    03/30/2009 5:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 714+ views
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | Marh 30, 2009 | Marilynn Marchione
    It's been a dream for a decade: a single daily pill combining aspirin, cholesterol medicine and blood pressure drugs — everything people need to prevent heart attacks and strokes in a cheap, generic form. Skeptics said five medicines rolled into a single pill would mean five times more side effects. Some people would get drugs they don't need, while others would get too little. One-size-fits-all would turn out to fit very few, they warned. Now the first big test of the "polypill" has proved them wrong. The experimental combo pill was as effective as nearly all of its components taken...
  • Daily Aspirin Right for Men and Women?

    03/22/2009 8:00:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 42 replies · 1,938+ views
    CBNNews.com - Men should start taking a daily aspirin at age 45 to lower the risk of heart attack by 20 percent, according to recent U.S. Preventive Services findings. Doctors add that women should start a daily aspirin regimine at age 55 to protect against strokes. However, some medical experts have concerns.
  • Eat Less, Remember More?

    01/29/2009 12:37:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,340+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 27 January 2009 | Rachel Zelkowitz
    Did Grandma seem forgetful at the holiday parties last month? It could be time to put her on a diet. Sharply reducing calories improves memory in older adults, according to one of the first studies of dietary restriction and cognitive function in humans. Research on the benefits of an extremely low-calorie diet stretches back to the 1930s, when scientists found that rats lived up to twice as long when they nibbled less than control animals. Since then, some studies with rodents and nonhuman primates have shown that this spare diet, known as calorie restriction, improves some markers of diabetes and...
  • New old-fashioned drug makers: goats (their milk prevents blood clots)

    01/10/2009 12:59:15 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 336+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan. 10, 2009 | Karen Kaplan
    The goats being raised on a farm in central Massachusetts are genetically engineered to make a human protein in their milk that prevents dangerous blood clots from forming. The company extracts the protein and turns it into a medicine that fights strokes, pulmonary embolisms and other life-threatening conditions. GTC has asked the Food and Drug Administration to OK the drug, called ATryn. An expert panel voted overwhelmingly Friday that it is safe and effective, putting it on the verge of becoming the first drug from a genetically engineered animal to be approved in the U.S. The agency is expected to...
  • Mayo Clinic Finds Sleep Apnea May Be Risk Factor For Sudden Cardiac Death In Study Of 11,000

    12/27/2008 3:07:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,397+ views
    24/7 Press Release ^ | December 27, 2008 | Dr. Ira L Shapira
    Mayo Clinic cardiologist Apoor Gami, M.D., the lead researcher on the study, presented his findings at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008 in New Orleans. "Nighttime low oxygen saturation in the blood is an important complication of obstructive sleep apnea," according to Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., the study's principal investigator. "Our data showed that an average nighttime oxygen saturation of the blood of 93 percent and lowest nighttime saturation of 78 percent strongly predicted SCD, independent of other well-established risk factors, such as high cholesterol. These findings implicate OSA, a relatively common condition, as a novel risk factor for...
  • Proper Sleep May Help Clear Arteries

    12/24/2008 1:07:13 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 48 replies · 3,105+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 23, 2008 | Ed Edelson
    A good night's sleep may be just what your arteries need. So finds a new five-year study in which middle-aged people who had an extra hour of sleep each night were less likely to have artery-stiffening calcium deposits. Lauderdale and her colleagues have been following a group of young adults for years, studying their heart arteries from a number of angles. The latest report linked the sleeping habits of 495 participants, ages 35 to 47, with the incidence of artery calcification, measured by CT scans. Calcium deposits can make the coronary arteries less flexible and ultimately lead to heart disease....
  • Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk

    12/17/2008 11:47:25 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 42 replies · 1,971+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 17, 2008 | Steven Reinberg
    (HealthDay News) -- Intensive lowering of blood sugar in people with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes does not have a significant effect on reducing cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, a new study finds. "You can decrease cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes by good treatment of lipids [cholesterol], blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors," noted lead researcher Dr. William Duckworth, from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care Center in Arizona. "But among older patients whose risk factors are controlled, intensive glucose control does not add any significant benefit," he said. The report was published...
  • Cardiologists Debate Expensive Heart Scans

    12/01/2008 7:59:47 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 534+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 2, 2008 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Cardiologists have opened another front in the rancorous debate over expensive medical technologies, questioning the conclusions of a new study finding that high-resolution computer scans of the heart are almost as effective as conventional angiograms. The debate reveals a deep rift among heart specialists over the use of 64-slice or CT angiography, which produces mesmerizing 3-D images of the heart and blood vessels. CT scans are faster and less invasive than conventional angiograms, the gold standard for diagnosis and identification of blockages, but they expose patients to higher doses of radiation, which may increase the risk of cancer. Angiograms, on...
  • Study Shows Green Tea Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

    11/22/2008 9:28:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1,339+ views
    Natural New ^ | Friday, November 21, 2008 | David Gutierrez
    Drinking green tea may help prevent heart disease and stroke, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Athens Medical School in Greece and published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention. "A couple of cups a day would probably be a good dose for people," researcher Charalambos Vlachopoulos said. "This is the first study to show these effects for green tea." Prior research has indicated that black tea can improve cardiovascular health, leading researchers suspect that green tea might even more effective. Many of the beneficial health effects of tea are attributed to its high content of antioxidant...
  • Fish oil appears to help against heart failure

    08/31/2008 5:59:29 AM PDT · by seacapn · 39 replies · 430+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2008, | MARIA CHENG
    MUNICH, GERMANY (AP) - Fish oil supplements may work slightly better than a popular cholesterol-reducing drug to help patients with chronic heart failure, according to new research released Sunday. Chronic heart failure is a condition that occurs when the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently around the body.
  • Broccoli may undo diabetes damage

    08/05/2008 10:46:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies · 509+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 5 August 2008
    Eating broccoli could reverse the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels, research suggests.A University of Warwick team believe the key is a compound found in the vegetable, called sulforaphane. It encourages production of enzymes which protect the blood vessels, and a reduction in high levels of molecules which cause significant cell damage. Brassica vegetables such as broccoli have previously been linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. People with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes; both are linked to damaged blood vessels. The...
  • Adult Stem Cells Offer Hope To Heart Patients

    07/01/2008 7:03:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 102+ views
    wbztv ^ | 06.30.08 | Mallika Marshall, MD
    There's been a lot of controversy over the use of embryonic stem cells in recent years, but adult stem cells, which few people oppose using, are already giving some patients a new lease on life. Donald Reid is hoping adult stem cells will give him more time. The 57-year-old has clogged arteries and heart disease so bad he's not a candidate for surgery. Instead, he's joined an experimental study. It involves a machine that takes his blood and pulls out stem cells. But these aren't stem cells from an embryo. These are Donald's own adult stem cells. In the coming...
  • Study: Stem Cells Used To Fix Your Broken Heart

    07/01/2008 6:59:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 244+ views
    cbs ^ | 06.30.08
    Study: Stem Cells Used To Fix Your Broken Heart It's Called The Marvel Study The Largest Clinical Trial Investigating Adult Stem Cells To Treat Congestive Heart Failure For More Info, Call Jim Moran Heart & Vascular Center At (954) 229-8400 MIAMI (CBS4) ― Doctors are discovering a new way to fix your broken heart. A study is underway in South Florida that could revolutionize the way heart attack patients help their damaged hearts by using their own stem cells. It's called The Marvel Study and under the direction of Dr. Alan Neiderman with the Jim Moran Heart & Vascular Research...
  • Stem cells – hope or hype? Adult Stem Cells from leg used to treat heart disease

    06/27/2008 8:33:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 170+ views
    After 21 years of unsuccessful heart treatments, including several heart procedures, 68-year-old Coenie de Jongh was desperate. So when his cardiologist suggested a last-resort experimental therapy, it represented a literal life line.  Coenie, from Bloubergstrand near Cape Town, had his first heart attack at the young age of 40. A bypass operation followed and his condition improved, but seven years later Coenie’s health started deteriorating again. More operations and more intense treatment followed, but in 2002 his health took a real turn for the worse.  His condition was so bad he struggled to find a cardiologist who was willing to...
  • New Research Links Drinking Lowfat Milk To Lower Risk For Heart Disease

    06/26/2008 1:39:54 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 687+ views
    Physorg ^ | 6-25-2008 | Weber Shandwick Worldwide
    New research links drinking lowfat milk to lower risk for heart disease Grabbing as little as one glass of lowfat or fat free milk could help protect your heart, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that adults who had at least one serving of lowfat milk or milk products each day had 37 percent lower odds of poor kidney function linked to heart disease compared to those who drank little or no lowfat milk. To determine heart disease risk, researchers from several universities in the United States and Norway measured the...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush...04-23-08...news, photos

    04/23/2008 3:16:53 PM PDT · by daisyscarlett · 64 replies · 72+ views
    Yahoo News Photos; Whitehouse.gov | Daisyscarlett
    President Bush returned to the White House last evening from the North American Leaders' Summit in New Orleans. Today, President Bush opened two days of Mideast diplomacy, welcoming Jordan's King Abdullah II to the White House for a brief breakfast meeting. President Bush, accompanied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Michael DeBakey, Wednesday, April 23, 2008, during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington. U.S. President George W. Bush spoke at an East Room event marking National Small Business Week at...
  • Suicide Links Heart Donor, Recipient

    04/07/2008 10:27:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 114+ views
    AOL News ^ | April 7, 2008
    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (April 6) - A man who received a heart transplant 12 years ago and later married the donor's widow died the same way the donor did, authorities said: of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No foul play was suspected in 69-year-old Sonny Graham's death at his Vidalia, Ga., home, investigators said. He was found Tuesday in a utility building in his backyard with a single shotgun wound to the throat, said Greg Harvey, a special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Graham, who was director of the Heritage golf tournament at Sea Pines from 1979 to...
  • Adult Stem Cells Help Those With Immune Disorders, Heart Disease

    02/27/2008 9:11:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 88+ views
    HealthDay News via medicinenet.com ^ | Feb. 26, 2008 | Robert Preidt
    Treatment with adult stem cells harvested from blood or bone marrow may benefit some patients with certain kinds of cardiovascular disorders and autoimmune diseases, a new U.S. analysis shows. There are two types of stem cells, according to background information in the study. Embryonic stem cells are harvested from embryos four to five days after fertilization. Adult stem cells are located in tissues throughout the body and provide a reservoir for replacement of damaged or aging cells. While stem cell therapy shows great promise, "clinical application has lagged due to ethical concerns [over embryonic stem cells] or difficulties harvesting or...
  • Microbes and Chronic Disease (Schizophrenia an infection?)

    02/03/2008 7:20:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | January 31, 2008
    In the US, most deaths are attributable to chronic afflictions, such as heart disease and cancer. Typically the medical community has attributed these diseases to accumulated damage, such as plaque formation in arteries or mutations in genes controlling cellular replication. This view is changing. Scientists are now beginning to recognize that many of these chronic illnesses are due to microbial infections. A recent report in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia, a mental illness leading to errors in perception, is associated with the pathogen, Toxoplasma gondii. "Our findings reveal the strongest association we've seen yet between infection with...
  • Science and Race

    01/23/2008 11:16:54 AM PST · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 629+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 23, 2008 | Amanda Busse
    Science and Race by: Amanda Busse, January 22, 2008 Identifying race as a source of disease may seem like a practice from the Jim Crow era, resolved after scandals like the Tuskegee Syphilis Study; however, current studies linking genetics with disease could have similar implications for race, according to a report recently published by the Center for American Progress. “The problem with including race in gene-based medical research is that recent scientific developments undermine the notion that race, as a biological fact, is still in question,” said Jamie Brooks, the project director on race, health and justice at the Center...
  • Nano-sized Ultrafine Particles May Be Most Damaging Component of Air Pollution for Heart Disease

    01/20/2008 4:22:53 AM PST · by T Ruth · 24 replies · 123+ views
    Green Car Congress ^ | Jan. 18, 2008 | Staff
    A new study indicates that ultrafine particles—particles of less than 0.18 micrometers—from vehicle emissions may be the most damaging components of air pollution in triggering plaque buildup in the arteries, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. The findings appear in an open access article in the 17 January online edition of the journal Circulation Research. A team from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); the University of Southern California; the University of California, Irvine; and Michigan State University contributed to the research, which was led by Dr. Andre Nel, UCLA’s chief of nanomedicine. The study was primarily funded...
  • Scientists Sucessfully Grow Heart in Lab

    01/16/2008 9:35:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1,020+ views
    CBN News ^ | January 15, 2008 | Heather Sells
    There's new hope for the five million people in the United States who live with heart failure. Scientists say they have been able to grow a rat heart in a lab. They were also successful at getting it to start beating. About 50,000 people die each year waiting for a heart donor. But that all may change thanks to a rat heart, built by scientists at the University of Minnesota. "Everyone has cells," Dr. Doris Taylor told CBN News. "What's lacking is a way to put that together in a 3-D structure that lets you create an organ," she explained....
  • PETA to Fred: Best Way to Fight Global Warming and Rising Health-Care Costs Is to Tax Meat

    12/23/2007 6:40:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 640+ views
    PETA ^ | December 20, 2007 | Lindsay Rajt
    Nashville, Tenn. - This week, PETA sent a letter to all the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates--including Sen. Fred Thompson--explaining that a 10-cent-per-pound "sin" tax on meat could go a long way in protecting the environment, reducing health-care costs, and adding dollars to the U.S. Treasury. PETA points out that meat is the leading cause of global warming--according to a 2006 United Nations report, the meat industry emits 40 percent more global-warming gases than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, Hummers, airplanes, and ships in the world combined--and has been conclusively linked to serious illnesses, including heart disease, some types of...
  • Hermitage parents plan trip to Thailand for stem-cell procedure to help daughter

    11/27/2007 8:04:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 143+ views
    Vindy.com. ^ | November 26, 2007 | LAURE CIOFFI
    A nonprofit foundation seeks funds to finance the procedure and travel expenses. HERMITAGE, Pa. — A parent's love knows no bounds and, apparently, no international boundaries. Erika Hirschmann's parents are taking her to Thailand for an experimental surgery. In 1996 Erika Hirschmann contracted a virus and went into congestive heart failure. Nine years later she started suffering chest pains, and doctors determined she had pulmonary hypertension — essentially high blood pressure of the lungs that stemmed from her weakened heart. This past April she suffered a stroke and in May more problems with her heart. Now doctors want the 29-year-old...
  • The (Birth Control) Pill Linked to Higher Risk For Atherosclerosis: Study

    11/07/2007 11:46:06 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 14 replies · 164+ views
    Yahoo! News (AFP) ^ | 11/7/2007 | n/a
    CHICAGO (AFP) - Women who use oral contraceptives are at increased risk for developing hardened arteries, a condition that can lead to heart attack or stroke, according to a study released Tuesday Belgian researchers found that women who had used the hormones were more likely to have plaques, or a buildup of fatty tissue, on their arteries than women who didn't use this form of birth control. Atherosclerosis, or furring of the arteries, typically occurs with age. Complications include heart attack or stroke, which occur when unstable pieces of plaque break off and block a blood vessel leading to the...
  • Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Three Embryonic Stem Cell Researchers

    10/08/2007 4:59:42 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 23 replies · 580+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | October 8, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorOctober 8, 2007Stockholm, Sweden (LifeNews.com) -- Three researchers who work with controversial embryonic stem cells shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for their role in looking at mouse genes and using their studies to determine the human genes that cause diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Pro-life advocates oppose embryonic stem cell research on human beings because days-old unborn children must be killed to obtain their cells. They support the use of animal and adult stem cells.Americans Mario Capecchi and Oliver Smithies and British scientist Sir Martin Evans split the prestigious award and its prize of...
  • Limits proposed on fast-food restaurants (California, of course)

    09/10/2007 6:43:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies · 1,623+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Tami Abdollah
    As America gets fatter, policymakers are seeking creative approaches to legislating health. They may have entered the school cafeteria -- and now they're eyeing your neighborhood. Amid worries of an obesity epidemic and its related illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, Los Angeles officials, among others around the country, are proposing to limit new fast-food restaurants -- a tactic that could be called health zoning. The City Council will be asked this fall to consider an up to two-year moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in South L.A., a part of the city where fast food is at...
  • Mending Broken Hearts

    09/04/2007 8:02:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 206+ views
    IBD ^ | Septembe 4, 2007
    Medicine: Cardiac patients in Britain may soon be getting replacement heart valves grown from their own adult stem cells. You may not have heard about this miracle on the evening news. Few people read the British journal Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society, but the current issue contains details of the research by a British research team led by Sir Magdi Yacoub that may end the scourge of heart disease as we know it. In April we wrote about research led by Yacoub, who's been called the world's leading heart surgeon. His team had managed in the laboratory to grow...
  • Heart patients to get valves grown from their cells

    09/03/2007 5:40:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 471+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2007 | DAVID DERBYSHIRE
    Cardiac patients will soon be able to 'grow their own' heart valves and have them transplanted within weeks of seeing a doctor. The groundbreaking treatment, developed by British surgeons, will create heart tissue from stem cells from the patient's body. The technique offers hope to millions who suffer heart disease. Scientists said the valves would not be rejected after a transplant because the tissue will have come from the patient and be genetically identical. In April, a team led by heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub of Harefield Hospital, in West London, revealed that they had used bone marrow stem cells...
  • Diabetes Patients Fixate on Blood Sugar and Neglect What May Kill Them

    08/20/2007 12:03:56 PM PDT · by IslandJeff · 69 replies · 1,756+ views
    Senior Journal - cites and links to NYT ^ | August 20, 2007 | Senior Journal
    Senior Citizen Health & Medicine Diabetes Patients Fixate on Blood Sugar and Neglect What May Kill Them Most die from heart disease and should focus on cholesterol, other protection Aug. 20, 2007 – Diabetes is high on the radar for senior citizens, who are well aware of the increase of this chronic and deadly disease, and because few do not have friends whose lives have been forever negatively changed the rituals of diabetes care and management. Although high blood pressure and arthritis are the most prominent chronic conditions for older Americans, type 2 diabetes, apparently fueled by the obesity epidemic,...
  • Diabetes Drug Backed, but With Warnings

    07/30/2007 11:09:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 233+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2007 | GARDINER HARRIS
    GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 30 — A federal drug advisory committee voted overwhelmingly on Monday to recommend that the diabetes drug Avandia remain on the market, even after finding that it raised the risks of heart attacks. Panel members said that studies concerning Avandia were too murky to merit drastic regulatory action and that other diabetes medicines might have similar risks... The votes — 20 to 3 on the heart attack risk and 22 to 1 on the marketing — were cast after an extraordinary meeting in which officials from the Food and Drug Administration, which brought the committee together, openly...
  • Patterns: Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease

    06/25/2007 1:12:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 979+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 19, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Regular aspirin use may significantly reduce the incidence of both cancer and heart disease, according to a large new study, but other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or Nsaids, have no effect. Researchers studied 22,507 postmenopausal women, following them for 10 years. All reported their aspirin and Nsaid use as part of a detailed physical and behavioral health questionnaire. None of the women had cancer or heart disease at the start of the study. After controlling for age, exercise, diet and other factors, those who used aspirin had a 16 percent reduced risk of getting cancer, and a 13 percent reduced risk...
  • Heart science on edge of breakthrough

    05/23/2007 7:34:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 160+ views
    ABC ^ | 05.22.07 | Jane Cowan
    TONY EASTLEY: If you're over 65, chances are you or your spouse has coronary artery disease. One in two older Australians have the condition and heart disease is still the number one cause of premature death and disability in this country. Scientists have already managed to create heart tissue that beats, and they believe stem cells could be the missing piece of a puzzle that will finally allow them to make a new heart muscle from a person's own tissue. Jane Cowan reports. JANE COWAN: One of the things that makes heart disease so difficult to treat is that heart...
  • Clues To 'Broken Heart Syndrome'

    05/12/2007 6:14:46 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 603+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-13-2007 | Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
    Source: Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Date: May 13, 2007 Clues To 'Broken Heart Syndrome' Science Daily — The causes of "broken heart syndrome" remain a mystery, but doctors will soon have an easier time recognizing and treating this rare, life-threatening condition, thanks to new data. Researchers from Brown University in Providence, RI, have developed the largest registry of patients in the United States with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, informally known as broken heart syndrome because it is often preceded by an emotional or physical shock of some kind and almost always strikes women. One thing is certain: Patients are usually...
  • Fish, Seafood Better Than Olive Oil, Nuts Against Heart Disease

    05/07/2007 4:30:52 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 349+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-7-2007 | American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Source: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Date: May 7, 2007 Fish, Seafood Better Than Olive Oil, Nuts Against Heart Disease Science Daily — Researchers have found that a diet rich in fish, seafood, and grains -- also called polyunsaturated fats -- is better at preventing heart disease than a diet containing olive oil, nuts, and avocados -- called monounsaturated fats. Although both types of fats are healthy, people should probably include more of the first than the second in their diet to keep a healthy heart, the scientists say. Too much cholesterol has long been linked to increasing...
  • DNA mutation causes heart disease in whites

    05/04/2007 2:17:34 PM PDT · by Triggerhippie · 23 replies · 508+ views
    Al Reuters via Yahoo ^ | May 3, 2007 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A treasure hunt for genes has found that up to three-quarters of people of European descent have DNA that raises their risk for heart disease -- and these genes are close to a stretch of DNA linked to diabetes. The findings, made by two independent groups of researchers, may help explain why so many people have heart disease even if they do not have clear risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. And they could lead to a test to predict the risk of heart disease, the biggest cause of death across the...
  • Inflamation and Cholesterol

    04/06/2007 12:43:39 PM PDT · by ShelbsSpeaks · 2 replies · 308+ views
    Dr. Russel Blaylock explains how to reduce inflamation. Get the full story about cholesterol.
  • A new approach to growing heart muscle

    03/03/2007 7:26:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 192+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 12.07.06 | Kara Gavin
    U-M team reports success of rapid 3-D cell-growth technique that produces pulsing, organized tissue A length of bioengineered heart muscle, or BEHM, grown at the University of Michigan using rat cardiac muscle cells and a fibrin gel base. Click here for more information. ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It looks, contracts and responds almost like natural heart muscle – even though it was grown in the lab. And it brings scientists another step closer to the goal of creating replacement parts for damaged human hearts, or eventually growing an entirely new heart from just a spoonful of loose heart cells.  This...
  • Adult stem cells to repair hearts damaged by severe coronary artery disease investigated

    03/03/2007 6:26:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 159+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 02.01.07 | Mary Ann Schultz
    Trial involves injecting patients' own (autologous) stem cells into areas of their hearts with poor blood flow CHICAGO - Rush University Medical Center is one of the first medical centers in the country, and currently the only site in Illinois, participating in a novel clinical trial to determine if a subject’s own stem cells can treat a form of severe coronary artery disease. The Autologous Cellular Therapy CD34-Chronic Myocardial Ischemia (ACT34-CMI) Trial is the first human, Phase II adult stem cell therapy study in the U.S. designed to investigate the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of blood-derived selected CD34+ stem cells...
  • Gene Discovered In Italy Could Prevent, Cure Heart Disease

    02/28/2007 3:35:44 AM PST · by Dysart · 14 replies · 805+ views
    NBCi.com ^ | 2-27-07
    Why can some people eat whatever they want and never have heart problems and others just look at French fries and their cholesterol and risk jumps?Major research done in Southern California might produce the answer and a new way to prevent heart disease.NBC's Dr. Bruce Hensel said the answer may be a gene that protects the heart no matter how high your cholesterol. That finding was detailed in a documentary called "The Cure." The new work; using that gene to reverse heart problems is now being done at the Cleveland Clinic and in Los Angeles. It all started while studying...
  • Adult Stem Cells To Repair Hearts Damaged By Severe Coronary Artery Disease Investigated

    02/03/2007 1:01:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 480+ views
    Science Daily — Rush University Medical Center is one of the first medical centers in the country, and currently the only site in Illinois, participating in a novel clinical trial to determine if a subject’s own stem cells can treat a form of severe coronary artery disease. The Autologous Cellular Therapy CD34-Chronic Myocardial Ischemia (ACT34-CMI) Trial is the first human, Phase II adult stem cell therapy study in the U.S. designed to investigate the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of blood-derived selected CD34+ stem cells to improve symptoms and clinical outcomes in subjects with chronic myocardial ischemia (CMI), a severe form...
  • Study: War Trauma May Raise Heart Risks

    01/02/2007 12:21:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 440+ views
    AP/iwon news ^ | January 1, 2006 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    A groundbreaking study of 1,946 male veterans of World War II and Korea suggests that vets with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are at greater risk of heart attacks as they age. The new study is the first to document a link between PTSD symptoms and future heart disease, and joins existing evidence that vets with PTSD also have more autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and psoriasis. A second study, funded by the Army, found that soldiers returning from combat in Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder reported worse physical health, more doctor visits and more missed workdays. The Army study...
  • Pfizer Ends Studies on Drug for Treating Heart Disease

    12/03/2006 12:46:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 588+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 3, 2006 | ALEX BERENSON
    Pfizer announced last night that it had discontinued research on its most important experimental drug, a treatment for heart disease. The decision is a stunning development that is likely to seriously damage the company’s prospects through the next decades. Preliminary research found that the drug, torcetrapib, appeared to be linked with deaths and heart problems in the patients who were taking it. For people with heart disease, Pfizer’s decision to stop the trial represents the failure of a drug that many cardiologists had viewed as a potentially major advance in efforts to reduce heart attacks and strokes. Torcetrapib is designed...
  • Heart 'can carry out own repairs'

    12/02/2006 4:06:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 473+ views
    BBC ^ | 11.16.06
    Scientists have shown that cells in the heart's outer layer can migrate deeper into a failing organ to carry out essential repairs.   The migration of progenitor cells is controlled by a protein called thymosin beta 4, already known to help reduce muscle cell loss after a heart attack.   The discovery opens up the possibility of using the protein to develop more effective treatments for heart disease.   The University College London (UCL) study appears in the journal Nature. Finding out how this protein helps to heal the heart offers enormous potential in fighting heart disease Professor Colin Blakemore Medical Research Council...
  • More Benefits of Dark Chocolate Discovered

    11/15/2006 5:01:28 PM PST · by upchuck · 15 replies · 780+ views
    NewsInferno ^ | Nov 15, 2006
    More Benefits of Dark Chocolate Discovered Date Published: Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that eating even small quantities of high-quality dark chocolate every day can greatly lower your risk of stroke and heart attack. According to the report, the chemicals in dark chocolate help to reduce the speed of blood clotting by limiting the clumping of blood platelets. Dr. Diane Becker reported the findings this week in Chicago at the annual American Heart Association meeting.The study was initially designed to test the effects of aspirin on blood clotting, but too many of BeckerÂ’s subjects had...
  • Low-Carb Diet Doesn't Raise Heart Risk

    11/08/2006 9:00:46 PM PST · by Mr. Mulliner · 23 replies · 543+ views
    Forbes ^ | November 8, 2006 | Linda A. Johnson
    Nov 8, 11:19 PM EST Low-Carb Diet Doesn't Raise Heart Risk By LINDA A. JOHNSON Associated Press Writer Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet for years doesn't raise the risk of heart disease, a long-term study suggests, easing fears that the popular Atkins diet and similar regimens might set people up for eventual heart attacks. The study of thousands of women over two decades found that those who got lots of their carbohydrates from refined sugars and highly processed foods nearly doubled their risk of heart disease.At the same time, those who ate a low-carb diet but got more of...
  • N. Korea: New Drugs Tested In Russia On Those With Kim Jong-il's Health Profile

    09/10/2006 2:05:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 1,052+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/10/09 | Kim Nam-kwon
    /begin my translationNew Drugs Tested In Russia On Those With Kim Jong-il's Health Profile A lawmaker at Intelligence Committee, "told by the intelligence chief" (Seoul = Yonhap News) Kim Nam-kwon = It is claimed that new drugs are being tested in Russia on those who are of the same age, physique, and physiology as Kim Jong-il, whose health is allegedly in trouble recently. A lawmaker at Intelligence Committee of National Assembly (S. Korea) claimed during a telephone conversation with Yonhap News on Sept. 10, "National Intelligence Service Chief Kim Seung-kyu said so recently at the full meeting of Intelligence Committee." The lawmaker explained, "NIS Chief Kim told us that...
  • Bone marrow stem cells may heal hearts even years after heart attacks

    10/27/2005 3:47:52 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 22 replies · 747+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 26, 2005 | Staff
    (BETHESDA, MD) – Left ventricular function and exercise capacity increased, while the area of heart muscle damage shrank, in 18 patients given infusions of their own bone marrow stem cells up to eight years after a heart attack, according to a new study in the Nov. 1, 2005, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "This new therapy is able to treat until now irreversible heart complaints and function disturbances in patients with chronic coronary artery disease after myocardial infarction, even many years after heart attack. Therefore there is hope for this large amount of patients with...
  • Cells derived from heart stem cells can repair heart attack damage

    11/15/2005 7:00:44 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 3 replies · 468+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | November 14, 2005 | Johns Hopkins Staff
    Stem cells derived from human heart tissue develop into multicellular, spherical structures called cardiospheres that express the normal properties of primitive heart tissue, smooth muscle and blood vessel cells, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers. In a related study, cells grown in the laboratory from these cardiospheres and injected into the hearts of mice following a lab-induced heart attack migrated straight to damaged tissue and regenerated, improving the organ's ability to pump blood throughout the animal's body. Results from both studies are to be presented Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions in Dallas. "The...
  • Israeli stem cell research shows umbilical cord blood can rejuvenate damaged heart tissue

    09/19/2005 1:17:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 853+ views
    Israel21c ^ | September 18, 2005 | David Brinn
    When Dr. Christian Barnard performed the world's first successful heart transplant back in 1967, he reached a new peak of human scientific achievement. However, almost 40 years later, the criteria for receiving a new heart is quite stringent, and heart transplants are granted to those patients who have the highest chance for recovery. For thousands of elderly or gravely ill patients with damaged hearts, a transplant is not an option. Now Israeli researchers are at the forefront of research which could one day make heart transplants obsolete - using stem cell technology, they're developing a way to use the blood...