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FDA Cracks Down on Youth Access to Juul E-Cigarettes

By Robert Preidt, <i>HealthDay Reporter</i><p>(HealthDay)<p>TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A crackdown on the sale of the wildly popular Juul brand of …

Can You Miss the Signs of Heart Disease or a Heart Attack?

<b>Q. What are symptoms of heart disease? Can you tell if you have heart disease without having tests done?</b><p><b>A.</b> The classic warning signs of heart disease and heart attacks are chest pain, often described as a feeling of pressure or a tight band around the chest, and shortness of breath during physical …

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Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but costs $14K a year

WASHINGTON — For the first time, research shows that a pricey new medication called Repatha not only dramatically lowers LDL cholesterol, the “bad" kind, it also reduces a patient's risk of dying or being hospitalized.<p>Repatha, a man-made antibody also known as evolocumab, cut the combined risk of …

How does exercise affect my heart?

<b>Follow a structured endurance training programme with effective recovery between your sessions and you can expect your cardiovascular system, which</b> …

10 Little Healthy Things You Should Do for Yourself Every Day

Let’s be real. Being healthy all the time sounds kinda time-consuming. Your life is busy enough. On the other hand, we all deserve to feel good, …

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins

Are you among the 73 million Americans with cholesterol levels that current guidelines suggest should be lowered by taking a statin for the sake of your cardiovascular well-being? Have you and your doctor discussed the pros and cons of statin therapy and whether it is appropriate for your …

Medical Research

What is a heart attack? The symptoms you need to know

A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked. It’s different from a stroke, which happens when a blood vessel that feeds the brain gets blocked or bursts.<p>A heart attack is usually caused when plaque — made of fat, cholesterol and other substances — slowly builds up in coronary …

Medicine

Dental work tied to heart infections in people with artificial valves

(Reuters Health) - Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests.<p>Some previous research has linked dental work to an increased risk of what’s known as infective endocarditis - infections of the …

Biomedicine

Cardiac Stem Cell Therapies May Get Boost From New FDA

–The FDA may not require companies to prove that stem cell therapies are safe and effective prior to approval. Cardiac stem cell therapy could gain …

Why One Cardiologist Has Drunk His Last Diet Soda

Dr. Harlan Krumholz (@HMKYale) is a cardiologist and the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine. I used to pound down diet drinks. Low-calorie had to be good, right? It was an invitation to enjoy as much as I wanted, …

Diet Soda

New Study Favors Fat Over Carbs

High carbohydrate intake is associated with a higher risk of mortality, and high fat intake with a lower risk, researchers report.<p>An international team of scientists studied diet and mortality in 135,335 people between 35 and 70 years old in 18 countries, following them for an average of more than …

Nutrition

Calling BS on BMI: How can we tell how fat we are?

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Kate Townsend took her kids for their back-to-school health checkups last month, she got a surprise.<p>The Western Springs, Illinois, mother of three wanted to make sure their vaccinations were up-to-date. The pediatrician did talk about shots, but also mentioned her daughter's body mass …

Diabetes

'Fat but fit' still risk heart disease

<b>People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning.</b><p>The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be "fat but fit".<p>The researchers studied health data on more than half a …

New Study Highlights Strong Link Between Basic Research And Inventions

A big waste of money or the engine of marketplace innovation? That's how some people see basic scientific research. Now a new study shows how basic research and inventions are connected.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Scientific research can seem abstract or esoteric. But with time, it may turn out …

Inventions

Drink to your health? It depends on how much drinking you do, study shows

This just in, and it's definitive (for now): People who drink alcohol in moderation — especially older people, women and non-Latino white people — are less likely to die of any cause than are teetotalers or people who consume heavy doses of alcohol either on occasion or in an average week.<p>In …

An alcoholic drink per day can lower risk of cardiovascular disease, study says - CBS News

An alcoholic drink per day can lower risk of ...

Genes can push you toward obesity, but there are things you can do to prevent that

The role of genes in obesity is one of science’s great puzzles, even though researchers have learned much in recent years. They have identified dozens of genetic variants that increase the risk but are still untangling how these genes interact with other factors to help make us fat.<p>The experts are …

Newfound gene variant in African Americans may help explain high obesity rates

African Americans have the highest rate of age-adjusted obesity (48 percent) of all ethnic groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (By contrast, the rate for non-Hispanic whites is 34.5 percent.) A recently discovered genetic variant unique to African Americans may help …

How being cold may one day help people lose weight and protect against diabetes

Could shivering in the cold be a way to shed pounds and possibly prevent diabetes?<p>Exposure to cold is the most well-known and well-studied mechanism for switching on energy-burning brown fat, which seems to protect mice from developing obesity. It remains to be seen whether the same process can …

Tiny gut organisms may influence food cravings and what our bodies do with fat

A universe of organisms living inside you may affect every part of your body, from your brain to your bones, and even your thoughts, feelings and your attempts to lose weight.<p>This is a universe of trillions of micro­organisms — or what we biologists call microbiota — that live in your gut, the part …

Less Sleep Tied to Diabetes Risk in Children

Children who sleep less may be at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, researchers report.<p>Earlier studies found a link between shorter sleep and diabetes in adults, but the connection has been little studied in children.<p>British researchers studied 4,525 9- and 10-year olds from varying ethnic …

Increased risk of heart attack, stroke soon after cancer diagnosis

Reuters Health - Patients with cancer have higher risks of heart attack and stroke from blood clots, especially in the first few months after diagnosis, compared with people who don’t have cancer, researchers report.<p>“A new diagnosis of cancer is associated with more than a doubling in risk of …

Cancer

'Unexpected fountain of youth' found in cardiac stem cells, says researcher

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cardiac stem cells derived from young hearts helped reverse the signs of aging when directly injected into the old hearts of elderly rats, a study published Monday in the European Heart Journal demonstrated.<p>The old rats appeared newly invigorated after receiving their injections. As hoped, …

Stem Cells

'Fat but fit' still has higher risk of heart disease, study confirms

<b>(CNN) —</b> The idea that you can be overweight or obese yet healthy -- if factors such as your blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol levels are normal -- is a myth, according to a new study, and messaging around this should be changed.<p>Carrying those extra pounds can increase risk of coronary …

Diabetes

I changed my patient’s blood pressure medications. Why weren’t they working?

Perhaps foolishly, I thought this time would be different.<p>I again wrapped the blood pressure cuff around my patient’s arm, as I’d done many times before. I stared at the dial, coaxing it to rest somewhere closer to normal, as if by mental force I could produce a different result. Still high.<p>Last …

Medicine

Hundreds more surviving heart failure in hospital, study shows

<b>Hundreds more people are surviving heart failure through better treatment after being admitted to hospital in England and Wales, a study suggests.</b><p>The National Heart Failure Audit found that 8.9% of patients had died in 2015-16, down from 9.6% the previous year, saving around 500 lives.<p>However, it …

Economic status tied to blood vessel health in kids

(Reuters Health) - Economic challenges in childhood may be linked to the early development of thicker artery walls that are known to underlie many cases of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study from Australia.<p>Compared to kids from wealthier backgrounds, kids from low-income families and …

Medical Research

A startup cofounded by a 31-year-old just got a step closer to transplanting pig organs into humans

Courtesy eGenesis<p><b>Egenesis, a startup that raised $38 million in March, just successfully used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to knock out a key virus</b> …