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Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver, and found in the blood and in all cells of the body. Cholesterol is important for good health and is needed for making cell walls, tissues, hormones, vitamin D, and bile acid. Cholesterol also comes from eating foods taken from animals such as egg yolks, meat, and whole-milk dairy products. Too much cholesterol in the blood may build up in blood vessel walls, block blood flow to tissues and organs, and increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
Study tracks long-term effects of weight loss on atrial fibrillation burden

Study tracks long-term effects of weight loss on atrial fibrillation burden

Obese patients with atrial fibrillation who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight were six times more likely to achieve long-term freedom from this common heart rhythm disorder compared to those who did not lose weight, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
CUMC researchers identify mechanism of kidney transplant tolerance

CUMC researchers identify mechanism of kidney transplant tolerance

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have pinpointed the immune system mechanism that allows a kidney transplant to be accepted without lifelong immunosuppressive drugs, a significant step toward reducing or eliminating the need for costly and potentially toxic immunosuppressant drugs and improving long-term transplant success. [More]
Majority of doctors welcome additional training in diet, nutrition to prevent CVD

Majority of doctors welcome additional training in diet, nutrition to prevent CVD

Most physicians are aware of the importance of lifestyle factors in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) -- and believe diet is as important as statin therapy and exercise, according to a new survey from NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
NYU Langone Medical Center researchers find that air pollution may pose significant stroke risk

NYU Langone Medical Center researchers find that air pollution may pose significant stroke risk

Air pollution has been linked to a dangerous narrowing of neck arteries that occurs prior to strokes, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
Study describes the dual role of microRNA during hepatitis C infection

Study describes the dual role of microRNA during hepatitis C infection

In the battle between a cell and a virus, either side may resort to subterfuge. Molecular messages, which control the cellular machinery both sides need, are vulnerable to interception or forgery. [More]
New statin guidelines may be too generic, shows study

New statin guidelines may be too generic, shows study

The newest guidelines for the use of cholesterol-lowering statins in people at risk of heart disease may be too generic, excluding middle-aged adults who could benefit from the drugs, and over-prescribing in older adults, according to a new study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute. [More]
High levels of triglycerides, cholesterol can keep vitamin E tied up in blood stream

High levels of triglycerides, cholesterol can keep vitamin E tied up in blood stream

In the continuing debate over how much vitamin E is enough, a new study has found that high levels of blood lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides can keep this essential micronutrient tied up in the blood stream, and prevent vitamin E from reaching the tissues that need it. [More]
Type 2 diabetes less common in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia

Type 2 diabetes less common in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes among 25,000 patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (a genetic disorder characterized by high low-density lipoprotein [LDL] cholesterol levels) was significantly lower than among unaffected relatives, with the prevalence varying by the type of gene mutation, according to a study in the March 10 issue of JAMA. [More]
PTS Diagnostics announces launch of PTS Connect Wellness Solution

PTS Diagnostics announces launch of PTS Connect Wellness Solution

PTS Diagnostics, the U.S.-based manufacturer of both the CardioChek brand and the A1CNow family of point-of-care diagnostic products, announces the launch of the PTS Connect Wellness Solution. This secure cloud-based solution will empower health screening companies to screen more individuals faster and corporate wellness programs to improve outcomes by encouraging participants to monitor and track activity and progress online. [More]
Mother's age at childbirth may affect metabolic health of male children

Mother's age at childbirth may affect metabolic health of male children

A mother's age at childbirth may affect her male baby's birth weight as well as his adult glucose metabolism, new research shows. [More]
Testosterone, estrogen raise men's risk of heart disease

Testosterone, estrogen raise men's risk of heart disease

Why men have more heart disease than premenopausal women has been unclear, but a new study shows that the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen alter cardiovascular risk factors in a way that raises a man's risk of heart disease. [More]
Study: Combination of metformin and onion extract lowers blood glucose, total cholesterol levels

Study: Combination of metformin and onion extract lowers blood glucose, total cholesterol levels

The extract of onion bulb, Allium cepa, strongly lowered high blood glucose (sugar) and total cholesterol levels in diabetic rats when given with the antidiabetic drug metformin, according to a new study. [More]
Obese older adults have higher rate of hospitalizations, ER admissions

Obese older adults have higher rate of hospitalizations, ER admissions

Obesity is associated with substantial increases in older adults' hospitalizations, emergency room admissions and use of outpatient health care services, according to a new study of 172,866 Medicare Advantage members throughout the U.S. [More]
GC-1 experimental drug causes loss of weight and fat in mice

GC-1 experimental drug causes loss of weight and fat in mice

An experimental drug causes loss of weight and fat in mice, a new study has found. The study results will be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego. [More]
Liraglutide may help obese adults achieve weight loss

Liraglutide may help obese adults achieve weight loss

Obesity guidelines recommend an initial weight loss goal of 5 to 10% of start weight to improve health. A recent study found that patients who received liraglutide 3.0 mg, combined with fewer calories and more physical activity, were more than twice as likely to achieve at least that level of weight loss, compared to patients on placebo who made similar lifestyle changes. [More]
Screening for and treating depression could help reduce risk of heart disease

Screening for and treating depression could help reduce risk of heart disease

A new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute has found that screening for and treating depression could help to reduce the risk of heart disease in patients with moderate to severe depression. [More]
VolitionRx begins pilot study to assess feasibility of NuQ assays in detecting prostate cancer

VolitionRx begins pilot study to assess feasibility of NuQ assays in detecting prostate cancer

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, today announced that it has initiated a pilot study to assess the feasibility of VolitionRx's proprietary NuQ assays in detecting prostate cancer. [More]
Common flame retardants linked to obesity, say UH researchers

Common flame retardants linked to obesity, say UH researchers

Could your electronics be making you fat? According to University of Houston researchers, a common flame retardant used to keep electronics from overheating may be to blame. [More]
Prime Therapeutics recognized with PBMI's 2015 Rx Innovation Award

Prime Therapeutics recognized with PBMI's 2015 Rx Innovation Award

Prime Therapeutics LLC received the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute's 2015 Rx Innovation Award today in recognition of its innovative "Specialty Drug Watch List." [More]
Study finds that BMI in healthy adolescents has significant association with blood pressures

Study finds that BMI in healthy adolescents has significant association with blood pressures

A recent study published in the American Journal of Hypertension has found that body mass index (BMI) in healthy adolescents has a statistically significant association with both systolic blood pressures (SBP) and diastolic blood pressures (DBP), and highlights the significance of the global trend of rapidly increasing adolescent obesity. [More]
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