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UCLA-led consortium receives $8.6 million NIH grant to map the heart's nervous system

UCLA-led consortium receives $8.6 million NIH grant to map the heart's nervous system

A consortium directed by UCLA's Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar has received a three-year, $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to map the heart's nervous system. [More]
Discrimination interacts with certain genetic variants to negatively impact health

Discrimination interacts with certain genetic variants to negatively impact health

It's no secret that discrimination is stressful for those who experience it, but turns out the issue is more than skin deep—these stressors can interact with our genetics to negatively impact our health, a new University of Florida study shows. [More]
Biomarker for oxidative stress plays key role in development of NAFLD, study shows

Biomarker for oxidative stress plays key role in development of NAFLD, study shows

Diet-related diseases like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are known to have a major inflammatory component. [More]
Anticholinergic drugs linked to increased rate of emergency department and hospital visits

Anticholinergic drugs linked to increased rate of emergency department and hospital visits

Anticholinergic medications, a class of drugs very commonly used by older adults, are linked to an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the United States, according to an Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Indiana University Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, and Regenstrief Institute study of community-dwelling Americans age 65 and older. [More]
NHS Health Checks may have prevented up to 8,400 heart attacks and strokes, review reveals

NHS Health Checks may have prevented up to 8,400 heart attacks and strokes, review reveals

The NHS Health Check programme in England may have prevented an estimated 4,600 to 8,400 heart attacks, strokes, or death from these causes in its first five years, according to an independent review of the programme led by Queen Mary University of London. [More]
Echocardiography post-surgery can detect early and asymptomatic heart dysfunction

Echocardiography post-surgery can detect early and asymptomatic heart dysfunction

New echocardiographic ultrasound methods can non-invasively evaluate deformation of the heart muscle in order to identify abnormal function in children who were operated for coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta. [More]
Tips for heart health and wellness during the holidays

Tips for heart health and wellness during the holidays

Every year, there's often a shortage of platelet and blood donations during the holidays. This year, a number of factors have made the need for blood platelets especially urgent. [More]
New erectile dysfunction treatment uses high-frequency acoustical waves

New erectile dysfunction treatment uses high-frequency acoustical waves

Statistically speaking, 50% of all men, have experienced erectile dysfunction (ED) at some time or another, and the chance of developing ED increases as you age. The medical management of ED has evolved greatly over the past several decades. [More]
Calcium channel blockers may be effective drugs against cancer metastasis

Calcium channel blockers may be effective drugs against cancer metastasis

Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland have identified a new way of blocking the spread of cancer. Calcium channel blockers, which are used to lower blood pressure, block breast and pancreatic cancer invasion by inhibiting cellular structures. [More]
New review shows how automated telephone systems could play vital role in delivery of health care

New review shows how automated telephone systems could play vital role in delivery of health care

A new Cochrane Review, summarizing data from 132 trials of automated telephone systems in preventing and managing long-term health conditions, concludes that they probably have the potential to play an important role in the delivery of health care. [More]
Innovation in stroke aftercare across Europe: an interview with Professor Urs Fischer

Innovation in stroke aftercare across Europe: an interview with Professor Urs Fischer

Stroke is the epidemic disease of the twenty-first century and the second most frequent cause of death in 2011, accounting for 11% of all deaths worldwide. Stroke is also the second most important cause of permanent disability and... [More]
Two drug combinations may reduce mortality rates in breast cancer patients, study reveals

Two drug combinations may reduce mortality rates in breast cancer patients, study reveals

Patient health records revealed two drug combinations that may reduce mortality rates in breast cancer patients, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Brazilian researchers propose new way for treating thalassemia major

Brazilian researchers propose new way for treating thalassemia major

Iron accumulation in myocardial cells, potentially resulting in heart failure or fatal arrhythmia, is one of the complications most feared by patients with thalassemia major, a hereditary disease also known as Mediterranean anemia. [More]
Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH

Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH

Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine are expanding their ongoing evaluation of a novel cell-based therapeutic candidate into the area of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). [More]
Researchers find strong link between angiotensin receptor autoantibodies and increased risk of frailty

Researchers find strong link between angiotensin receptor autoantibodies and increased risk of frailty

Results of a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers offer new evidence for a strong link between angiotensin receptor autoantibodies and increased risk of frailty. [More]
Simple exercise program improves walking performance and quality of life in dialysis patients

Simple exercise program improves walking performance and quality of life in dialysis patients

In a recent study, a simple exercise program carried out at home improved dialysis patients' walking performance and quality of life. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. [More]
Researcher explores link between PTSD and repeated alcohol use

Researcher explores link between PTSD and repeated alcohol use

As families gather for the holidays this year, many will reminisce, sharing fond memories as they break bread and pass the cranberry sauce. [More]
New study shows link between metabolic syndrome and cognitive abilities in U.S. adolescents

New study shows link between metabolic syndrome and cognitive abilities in U.S. adolescents

A new study of U.S. adolescents shows an association between metabolic syndrome and impairments in reading, attention, and working memory. [More]
Hunter-gatherers in East Africa live active lifestyle that helps lower risk for heart disease

Hunter-gatherers in East Africa live active lifestyle that helps lower risk for heart disease

In a remote area of north-central Tanzania, men leave their huts on foot, armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows, to hunt for their next meal. [More]
Elevated urate levels linked to musculo-skeletal pain

Elevated urate levels linked to musculo-skeletal pain

Episodes of diffuse musculo-skeletal pain appearing in and around a joint region without a clear diagnosis, etiology and therapy are still a major problem in general medical practice. [More]
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