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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 - 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, photos

    04/23/2008 3:16:53 PM PDT · by daisyscarlett · 64 replies · 72+ views
    Yahoo News Photos; | 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 ^ | 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...