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Mar16Despite Big Heart Benefits, Far Too Many Skip Statins

Despite Big Heart Benefits, Far Too Many Skip Statins

People who’ve already had a heart attack or stroke can cut their odds for another one in half if they regularly take cholesterol-lowering statins. Yet new research found that only about 6 percent of patients take these drugs as prescribed by their doctor. “Very few patients were optimally compliant. We found that the less compliant […]

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Mar15Funding Gap Leaves Women Scientists at a Lifelong Disadvantage: Study

Funding Gap Leaves Women Scientists at a Lifelong Disadvantage: Study

Women scientists get less early-career research funding from the U.S. government than men, which can put them at a disadvantage for the rest of their careers, a new study says. Researchers analyzed grants given by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to 53,000 first-time principal investigators (57 percent men and 43 percent women) between […]

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Mar15AHA News: Overweight Kids at Higher Risk for Blood Clots as Adults

AHA News: Overweight Kids at Higher Risk for Blood Clots as Adults

(American Heart Association News) — Overweight children may be more likely than normal-weight children to develop life-threatening blood clots as adults, a new Danish study suggests. The good news is, getting to a healthy weight by age 13 eliminated the extra risk. For the study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, […]

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Mar15Human Ancestors’ Diet Led You to Pronounce Your F’s and V’s

Human Ancestors’ Diet Led You to Pronounce Your F’s and V’s

Think of it as another example of a refined palate. The ability to make speech sounds such as “f” and “v” is due to diet-led changes in humans’ bite, researchers say. The range of speech sounds people can make was generally thought to be fixed since modern humans appeared about 300,000 years ago, but this […]

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Mar15Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

Many older Americans have the worrisome and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib,” and they’re typically offered medicines or a surgery called ablation to correct it. Which works best? Two new trials may have the answer. Researchers say ablation and medicines perform similarly in protecting a-fib patients from stroke, death and […]

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Mar15Heart Care Guidelines Rarely Backed by Top-Notch Science

Heart Care Guidelines Rarely Backed by Top-Notch Science

Precious few treatment guidelines for heart patients are supported by the best scientific evidence, a new study shows. Less than one in 10 recommendations are based on results from multiple randomized controlled trials (considered the “gold standard”), and that percentage has actually dropped in the past decade, the researchers reported. For the study, the investigators […]

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Mar15Even Housework, Gardening Can Help an Older Woman’s Heart

Even Housework, Gardening Can Help an Older Woman’s Heart

Think exercise has to be high-intensity to make a difference to your health? Think again. New research shows that even routine housework and gardening can help older women’s hearts. “For older women, any and all movement counts towards better cardiovascular health,” said Dr. David Goff. He’s director of the division of cardiovascular sciences at the […]

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Mar15Heart Attacks Fall By One-Third Among Older Americans

Heart Attacks Fall By One-Third Among Older Americans

A groundbreaking new study holds heartening news for older Americans. Since the mid-1990s, the number of seniors who suffered a heart attack or died from one dropped dramatically — evidence that campaigns to prevent heart attacks and improve patient care are paying off, Yale University researchers said. The study of more than 4 million Medicare […]

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Mar15Heart-Breaking News for Egg Lovers

Heart-Breaking News for Egg Lovers

Eggs may not be all they’ve been cracked up to be. A new study says eggs are a major source of dietary cholesterol and that cholesterol in the diet ups the risk of heart disease and premature death. The researchers followed nearly 30,000 adults over three decades and found that eating three or four eggs […]

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Mar15Are Enhanced Waters Better for Your Health?

Are Enhanced Waters Better for Your Health?

You’ll find plenty of nutrient-enriched flavored waters on grocery shelves, but are they any better for your diet than a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon? Many drinks promise health benefits, from more energy and better exercise performance to a stronger immune system. The latest fad is alkaline water, with claims that its […]

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