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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Stroke, heart disease also strike women

August 30, 2012

Women and men are different in many ways, but heart disease and stroke are still the leading cause of death for women over age 35 – the same as men. How are we different? • We’re generally smaller than men. • Our blood vessels also are smaller, so plaque buildup affects us earlier. • Estrogen protects against...
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Watermelon extract shows blood pressure benefits: Human data

August 13, 2012

The extract, a rich source of the amino acids l-citrulline and l-arginine, was associated with reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the arm of 15.1 and 7.6 mmHg, respectively, according to results published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Researchers from Florida State University also report similar reductions in blood pressure measured...
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Ultrasounds Spot Heart Disease Early in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

August 13, 2012

VIDEO ALERT: A video interview with Sherine Gabriel, M.D., is available for journalists to download on the Mayo Clinic News Network. Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. — Special echocardiograms show promise for early detection of a potentially deadly complication in rheumatoid arthritis: heart disease, Mayo Clinic research shows. The findings were being presented at The...
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Virus Can Kill Cancer Cells, Leave Healthy Cells Alone

August 12, 2012

A virus known to kill cancer cells can travel through the bloodstream of cancer patients to find and selectively attack tumors while avoiding attack itself, a new study finds. The virus, called a reovirus, was found inside patients’ tumor cells but not in their healthy tissues, the researchers said. Before the study, it wasn’t...
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Cup of tea lowers heart disease risk

August 12, 2012

A new study has found that drinking black tea appears to reduce several risk factors for heart disease, potentially lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke. In the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, drinking three cups of tea for 12 weeks (with no milk or sugar) led to highly significant reduction...
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How extract from poisonous Foxglove can PROTECT against high blood pressure and heart failure

August 12, 2012
How extract from poisonous Foxglove can PROTECT against high blood pressure and heart failure

Deadly: Foxgloves are poisonous if eaten. But an extract could prove beneficial to heart patients A lethal poison made from a toxic plant once used as a Victorian murder weapon could help treat millions of people with high blood pressure. Since the 13th century, the herb Foxglove has been used to cleanse wounds and...
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Heart disease patients who live alone die sooner

August 12, 2012

Although the reasons for the gap are still murky, lead researcher Dr. Deepak Bhatt said access to regular medicine might be involved. “Patients living alone may have more difficulty getting their medications refilled and taking them regularly,” Bhatt told Reuters Health. “They also don’t have anyone at home to call the doctor’s office or...
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Excessive salt may damage blood vessels

August 12, 2012

BOSTON, June 19 (UPI) — Eating a high-salt diet for years may damage blood vessels, increasing risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. John Forman, a nephrologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues tracked the sodium intake...
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The Newest and Cheapest Diabetes Fighter: Selenium-Rich Diet

August 12, 2012

This summer, there’s been lots of bad news about diabetes. Recent headlines have warned our sweet tooth is killing us and youth diabetes rates are soaring. Connecticut’s governor even signed a bill last week to offer diabetes training to school employees so they can better assist diabetic students. But there’s also good news. Recent...
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Heart Disease Patients Benefit From Online Treatment

August 12, 2012

A new study reveals that patients with vascular disease have an elevated risk of experiencing a further event or death. Evidence shows that the risk can be effectively reduced by nurse practitioners that treat any vascular risk factors. However, this is costly and time-consuming and goals are often not achieved. Unlike previous studies, which...
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A new Prediction Model for Heart Disease Risk with Chest Pain

August 11, 2012

A study featured in BMJ (British Medical Journal) reveals that it is possible to identify patients with a high risk of coronary artery disease, who may require further diagnostic work, by using a new risk prediction tool, which is more accurate than existing models, and which can easily be integrated into electronic patient records...
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Blood pressure drug Olmesartan linked to GI problems

August 11, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn., June 23 (UPI) — The blood pressure drug Olmesartan is linked to gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, said after he pulled several patients off Olmesartan their gastrointestinal symptoms dramatically improved. Eventually, all 22 were taken...
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Firm pressure stops most nosebleeds

August 11, 2012

Not much has changed in two years. If your nose bleeds with such frequency, you must make an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor. The fact that it always bleeds on the right side is another matter that needs explanation. The doctor can examine your nose to see if there are any...
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Some of those whose diabetes is cured by surgery have recurrence

August 11, 2012

Bariatric surgery is one of the most successful treatments known for Type 2 diabetes, curing as many as 95% of those with the disorder, which is usually caused by obesity. A new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, however, suggests that more than a fifth of those who are cured...
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Novel technology for aid in the diagnosis of “Cancers of Unknown Primary” (CUP)

August 11, 2012

MELBOURNE, Australia, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Circadian Technologies Limited (ASX: CIR, OTCQX: CKDXY) announces that it has been advised by its development partner, Healthscope Advanced Pathology, that it will commercially launch Circadian’s novel technology for aid in the diagnosis of “Cancers of Unknown Primary” (CUP), on Monday July 16 2012 in Australia, New Zealand,...
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High potassium reading, poor kidneys or other causes?

August 11, 2012

Potassium has many functions. It facilitates nerve transmission of information. It keeps the heart beating at a normal tempo. It’s important in producing muscle contractions. It maintains body electrical neutrality. A rise in blood potassium most often is due to a malfunction of the kidneys, one of whose jobs is to maintain a normal...
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Heart disease link to low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet

August 11, 2012
Heart disease link to low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet

Women on Atkins-style diets are putting themselves at risk of heart disease and strokes, experts say. Those who regularly eat a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who do not participate in such diets, research published on bmj.com suggests. More than 43,000 Swedish women were assessed over 15...
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Newer ‘Second-Line’ Diabetes Drug Linagliptin May Outperform Older Meds

August 11, 2012

THURSDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) — A new drug for type 2 diabetes causes significantly less weight gain and may carry lower risks for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), heart attack and stroke than standard medications, a new study indicates. Researchers in Germany noted that the new drug, linagliptin (Tradjenta), is intended for use in...
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Grapes may help reduce heart ailments

August 11, 2012

STORRS, Conn., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Eating grapes may help people with metabolic syndrome — conditions that raise the risk of heart disease, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Maria Luz Fernandez and Jacqueline Barona, a doctoral student in Fernandez’ lab at the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University of Connecticut, recruited men ages 30-70...
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Is Obesity a Disease? Doctors Debate

August 11, 2012

Obesity puts people at risk for a whole host of conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep problems. But is obesity itself a disease? Doctors are divided on the issue. Some say obesity is indeed a disease, with causes beyond eating too much and exercising too little, and consequences that harm...
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