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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.
New educational campaign aims at reducing number of recurrent heart attacks

New educational campaign aims at reducing number of recurrent heart attacks

Every 42 seconds someone in the U.S. has a heart attack. Just after noon on March 26, 2016, Julie Kubala, become one of those statistics. [More]
Researchers identify reason why antidepressants take so long to work

Researchers identify reason why antidepressants take so long to work

An episode of major depression can be crippling, impairing the ability to sleep, work, or eat. In severe cases, the mood disorder can lead to suicide. But the drugs available to treat depression, which can affect one in six Americans in their lifetime, can take weeks or even months to start working. [More]
Few people aware of health benefits of mushrooms, reveals national survey

Few people aware of health benefits of mushrooms, reveals national survey

Relatively few people are aware of the health benefits of mushrooms, according to a new national survey by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. [More]
Psoriasis treatments may help improve cardiovascular symptoms by reducing skin inflammation

Psoriasis treatments may help improve cardiovascular symptoms by reducing skin inflammation

Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis, and the impact of this disease goes far beyond its visible effects on the skin. [More]
Lifestyle modification programs to prevent diabetes improve cardio-metabolic profiles

Lifestyle modification programs to prevent diabetes improve cardio-metabolic profiles

A new study by researchers at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that lifestyle modification programs modeled on diabetes prevention programs trials not only achieved weight reduction, but also additional metabolic benefits -specifically, reductions in blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. [More]
Levels of peptide hormone adropin linked to carbohydrate intake

Levels of peptide hormone adropin linked to carbohydrate intake

In research featured in the August edition of Obesity, Saint Louis University investigator Andrew Butler, Ph.D., and his team report that levels of the peptide hormone adropin vary based on carbohydrate consumption and appear to be linked to lipid metabolism. [More]
Researchers developing and validating model to predict risk for colon cancer in people under 50

Researchers developing and validating model to predict risk for colon cancer in people under 50

While the incidence of colon cancer has been declining in individuals 50 years old and older in the United States, it is steadily rising in those under age 50. With funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Thomas F. Imperiale, M.D., a VA and Regenstrief Institute clinician-researcher, is developing and validating a model to predict risk for colon cancer in those under 50 with no family history of the disease. [More]
Self-care: achieving accessibility safely. An interview with Zephanie Jordan

Self-care: achieving accessibility safely. An interview with Zephanie Jordan

Self-care can be broadly defined to include measures taken by an individual in the pursuit of obtaining or maintaining good health. It ranges from healthy eating and exercise to good hygiene practices to appropriate use of products such as dietary supplements and over-the-counter medicines to accessing health promoting services. [More]
Study pinpoints how immune abnormalities in retina may lead to macular degeneration

Study pinpoints how immune abnormalities in retina may lead to macular degeneration

In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a University of Wisconsin-Madison research team pinpoints how immune abnormalities beneath the retina result in macular degeneration, a common condition that often causes blindness. [More]
Bad diet can affect immune system prior to weight gain, new research shows

Bad diet can affect immune system prior to weight gain, new research shows

Australian researchers have discovered that a bad diet has consequences on your immune system even before you notice an increase in body weight. [More]
Study identifies ten potentially modifiable risk factors for stroke

Study identifies ten potentially modifiable risk factors for stroke

Hypertension remains the single most important modifiable risk factor for stroke, and the impact of hypertension and nine other risk factors together account for 90% of all strokes, according to an analysis of nearly 27000 people from every continent in the world, published in The Lancet. [More]
New study finds link between periodontal disease and lacunar stroke

New study finds link between periodontal disease and lacunar stroke

A new study has revealed a relationship between chronic periodontitis and lacunar infarct, two common diseases in the elderly. Chronic periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the gums, whereas lacunar infarct is a type of cerebral small vessel disease that can lead to a stroke. [More]
New study shows patient’s self-rated health can be better predictor of illness and death

New study shows patient’s self-rated health can be better predictor of illness and death

Patients' self-rated health is a better long-term predictor of illness and death than standard blood tests, blood pressure measurements or other symptomatic evidence a doctor might gather, according to a new study from Rice University. [More]
Diabetic patients experience long-term survival outcomes with TAR/CABG surgery

Diabetic patients experience long-term survival outcomes with TAR/CABG surgery

Diabetic patients who undergo heart bypass surgery are living longer and have much better long-term outcomes when cardiothoracic surgeons use arteries rather than veins for the bypasses, according to a new study published online today by The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Impact of diet may depend on individual’s genetic composition

Impact of diet may depend on individual’s genetic composition

If you've ever seen a friend have good results from a diet but then not been able to match those results yourself, you may not be surprised by new findings in mice that show that diet response is highly individualized. [More]
New education programme can help reduce risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

New education programme can help reduce risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

People at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can reduce their chances of getting the condition by more than 80 per cent by fully completing a new education programme, an NIHR-supported study has found. [More]
Thousands of volunteers join clinical trial to help transform early detection of diabetic eye disease

Thousands of volunteers join clinical trial to help transform early detection of diabetic eye disease

More than 4,500 people from Liverpool with diabetes have volunteered to join a clinical trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research to help transform early detection of diabetic eye disease. [More]
Medical marijuana reduces use of prescription drugs, research finds

Medical marijuana reduces use of prescription drugs, research finds

Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare's prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to University of Georgia researchers in a study published today in the July issue of Health Affairs. [More]
UCI researchers use new imaging method to measure fat metabolism

UCI researchers use new imaging method to measure fat metabolism

A team from the University of California, Irvine and supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has used a new imaging technique to measure how people break down dietary fat into products the cells of their bodies can use. [More]
New research shows how cholesterol medicine has beneficial effect on immune defence system

New research shows how cholesterol medicine has beneficial effect on immune defence system

The cholesterol medicine simvastatin, which is one of the most commonly used pharmaceuticals in the world, also has a beneficial effect on the immune defence system with regard to diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. [More]
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