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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.
Primary prevention reduces mortality rates in patients with coronary heart disease

Primary prevention reduces mortality rates in patients with coronary heart disease

Mortality from coronary heart disease declined in Sweden from 1986 to 2002. The improvement was due mainly to a reduction in risk factors among the healthy population (primary prevention) and, to a lesser extent, treatment of people who already had developed heart disease (secondary prevention). [More]
New cholesterol-lowering drugs have potential to prevent heart attack, stroke

New cholesterol-lowering drugs have potential to prevent heart attack, stroke

On the brink of FDA approval is a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that have the potential to change the landscape in the prevention of heart attack and stroke. [More]
Dietary compounds in milk-based products may protect against cardiovascular risk

Dietary compounds in milk-based products may protect against cardiovascular risk

The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that results in browned foods like seared steaks and toasted bread. When proteins and sugars are mixed together and heated, new chemical compounds are formed. Some are responsible for new flavors and some, according to a new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science, may protect us against cardiovascular disease. [More]
Only one in five patients qualified for free 'midlife MOT' takes NHS heart health check-ups

Only one in five patients qualified for free 'midlife MOT' takes NHS heart health check-ups

Only one in five patients eligible for a free "midlife MOT" on the NHS took up the offer in the first four years of the programme. [More]
Paediatric outpatient study compares effectiveness of three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes

Paediatric outpatient study compares effectiveness of three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes

A Montréal research team, co-supervised by Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret from the IRCM and Dr. Laurent Legault from the Montreal Children's Hospital, undertook the first paediatric outpatient study to compare three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes. [More]
Brain changes reflect higher risk of cerebrovascular disease in women who experience more hot flashes

Brain changes reflect higher risk of cerebrovascular disease in women who experience more hot flashes

Women who experience more hot flashes, particularly while sleeping, during the menopause transition are more likely to have brain changes reflecting a higher risk for cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke and other brain blood flow problems, according to a pilot study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in Menopause and funded by the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Amgen to discuss data supporting Repatha BLA for high cholesterol treatment with FDA EMDAC

Amgen to discuss data supporting Repatha BLA for high cholesterol treatment with FDA EMDAC

Amgen today announced that the Company will discuss the data supporting the Repatha (evolocumab) Biologics License Application (BLA) for the treatment of high cholesterol with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (EMDAC). [More]
Study highlights the need to reduce non-communicable diseases

Study highlights the need to reduce non-communicable diseases

There is a great need to slow down the increasing number of people who die prematurely because of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. [More]
FDA's Advisory Committee recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) Injection

FDA's Advisory Committee recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) Injection

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended the approval of the investigational therapy Praluent (alirocumab) Injection. [More]
New research finds that stroke ages person's brain function by almost eight years

New research finds that stroke ages person's brain function by almost eight years

Having a stroke ages a person's brain function by almost eight years, new research finds - robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests. [More]
Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help protect hearts from diabetes-related damage

Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help protect hearts from diabetes-related damage

Day in and day out, for years on end, millions of people with diabetes prick their fingers to test their blood sugar level. And many may wonder if all the careful eating, exercise and medication it takes to keep those levels under control is really worth it. [More]
Pivotal Therapeutics reports net loss of $1.2 million for first quarter 2015

Pivotal Therapeutics reports net loss of $1.2 million for first quarter 2015

Pivotal Therapeutics Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company with a focus on Omega-3 therapies for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and overall health, announced its operational highlights and financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. [More]
Vascular surgeries provide relief from two debilitating conditions

Vascular surgeries provide relief from two debilitating conditions

When Carol Werkman first saw Loyola University Medical Center vascular surgeon Bernadette Aulivola, MD, she was suffering from two debilitating conditions: Every time she ate, Mrs. Werkman felt terrible abdominal pain. And whenever she walked more than a few hundred feet, her legs would begin to hurt. [More]
Novel biosensor chip measures pH, temperature, drugs and metabolism-related molecules

Novel biosensor chip measures pH, temperature, drugs and metabolism-related molecules

The future of medicine lies in ever greater precision, not only when it comes to diagnosis but also drug dosage. The blood work that medical staff rely on is generally a snapshot indicative of the moment the blood is drawn before it undergoes hours - or even days - of analysis. [More]
2015 EuroHeartCare annual meeting to highlight recent advances in cardiovascular nursing research, practice

2015 EuroHeartCare annual meeting to highlight recent advances in cardiovascular nursing research, practice

The cardiovascular nursing event of the year is heading south to Croatia. EuroHeartCare is the official annual meeting of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). [More]
Glucose Health Natural Blood Sugar Maintenance product for patients with Type-2 diabetes

Glucose Health Natural Blood Sugar Maintenance product for patients with Type-2 diabetes

Healthcare professionals now have a new OTC (over- the-counter) product designed for the 2 in 5 Americans the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimates will develop Type-2 diabetes in their lifetime – Glucose Health Natural Blood Sugar Maintenance. [More]
Researchers uncover critical role for two proteins in chromatin structure

Researchers uncover critical role for two proteins in chromatin structure

A team of researchers at the IRCM led by François Robert, PhD, uncovered a critical role for two proteins in chromatin structure. Their breakthrough, recently published in the scientific journal Molecular Cell, helps explain how DNA is organized in our cells. This discovery could lead to a better understanding of what causes certain types of cancer, such as lymphoma. [More]
Measuring kidney function and damage may help predict people at risk for heart disease

Measuring kidney function and damage may help predict people at risk for heart disease

Simple measures of kidney function and damage may be just as good at predicting who is at risk for heart failure and death from heart attack and stroke as traditional tests of cholesterol levels and blood pressure, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. [More]
Functional foods help reduce obesity, control diabetes

Functional foods help reduce obesity, control diabetes

The so called functional foods such as cactus pads, chia and soybean, when included in a balanced diet, help reduce obesity and control diabetes, says Nimbe Torres y Torres, from the Institute of Biomedical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. [More]
Scientists identify molecular 'lock' that enables Ebola virus to gain entry to cells

Scientists identify molecular 'lock' that enables Ebola virus to gain entry to cells

An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has identified the molecular "lock" that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. [More]
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