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Study Finds Limited Benefit for Vitamin D in Asthma Treatment

May 19, 2014 1:46 pm | News | Comments

Adding vitamin D to asthma treatment to improve breathing only appears to benefit patients who achieve sufficient levels of the supplement in the blood. Overall, the ability to control asthma did not differ between a study group that received vitamin D supplements and a group that received placebo, according to new research.

Red Wine May Not Prevent Heart Disease, Prolong Life

May 16, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

There is bad news for those who believe drinking red wine is protecting their hearts and extending their lives. A study found that a plant compound in grapes—resveratrol—may not provide such health benefits. The nine-year study found resveratrol had no significant effect on longevity, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, or cancer.

Hazardous Flame Retardants Found in Child Care Settings

May 15, 2014 11:17 am | News | Comments

A new study of preschools and day care centers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous.                       

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Caffeine Helps Premature Babies Breathe Easier

May 15, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

The caffeine in coffee that might help get you going in the morning can be lifesaving for premature babies. For more than a decade, neonatologists have routinely given premature newborns caffeine as a respiratory stimulant, helping their immature lungs and brains remember to breathe.

Researchers ID Gene That Causes Obesity-related Metabolic Syndrome

May 15, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

New research has identified a genetic mutation responsible for the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors that comprise the obesity-related metabolic syndrome.                          

E-Cigarettes Expose People to More than ‘Harmless’ Water Vapor

May 14, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

In a major scientific review of research on e-cigarettes, scientists found that industry claims about the devices are unsupported by the evidence to date, including claims that e-cigarettes help smokers quit.             

Vitamin D Could Slow Diabetes-related Heart Complications

May 13, 2014 1:21 pm | News | Comments

Researchers are evaluating whether vitamin D can slow the development of cardiovascular problems in African Americans with diabetes. They are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than Caucasians with diabetes.         

Heart Disease-on-a-chip

May 12, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and “organ-on-a-chip” technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease. The research appears to be a big step forward for personalized medicine, because it is working proof that a chunk of tissue containing a patient’s specific genetic disorder can be replicated in the laboratory.

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'Bad' Cholesterol Helps Cancer Spread

May 7, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

In a world-first, researchers have discovered one of the main reasons behind why cancer spreads throughout the body: the help of "bad" cholesterol. The research found that LDL regulates the machinery that controls cell migration.       

Novel Antioxidant Makes Old Arteries Seem Young Again

May 6, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

An antioxidant that targets specific cell structures—mitochondria—may be able to reverse some of the negative effects of aging on arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.

‘Remarkable’ Therapy Makes Old Mice Young, May Hit Clinic This Year

May 5, 2014 1:05 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

A futuristic anti-aging approach, variously described and utilized by three different Harvard and Stanford groups this week, may hit the clinic by year’s end. The research all began with “heterochronic parabiosis.” That is, old mice were hooked up to young mice via their circulatory systems— and experienced tissue rejuvenation. 

Stem Cells Regenerate Heart Muscle in Primates

May 1, 2014 1:24 pm | Videos | Comments

Stem cell therapy can regenerate heart muscle in primates, according to a new study. The scientists on this and related projects are seeking way to repair hearts weakened by myocardial infarctions.               

Potentially Powerful Tool for Treating Damaged Hearts

April 30, 2014 1:43 pm | News | Comments

A type of cell that builds mouse hearts can renew itself, researchers report. They say the discovery, which likely applies to such cells in humans as well, may pave the way to using them to repair hearts damaged by disease— or even grow new heart tissue for transplantation.

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Secrets Behind Health Benefits of Wine Revealed

April 29, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have identified one of the molecular pathways that resveratrol, the component of grapes and red wine associated with health benefits, uses to achieve its beneficial action.                   

Dipping Blood Sugars Cause Surprisingly Irregular Heart Rhythms in Diabetics

April 28, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

Dangerous overnight blood sugar levels often go undetected and cause prolonged periods of heart rhythm disturbances in older patients with Type 2 diabetes and associated heart problems, new research reveals. The findings could offer  clues to the mechanism by which low blood sugar levels could contribute to life-threatening changes in heart rhythm.

‘Junk’ Genome Regions Linked to Heart Failure

April 25, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

Large sections of the genome that were once referred to as “junk” DNA have been linked to human heart failure, according to new research. So-called junk DNA was long thought to have no important role in heredity or disease because it doesn’t code for proteins.

Statins May Lead Some Patients to Pig Out

April 24, 2014 9:20 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ten years of U.S. data suggest that calorie and fat intake increased among statin users during the decade, an indication that many patients might be abandoning heart-healthy lifestyles and assuming that drugs alone will do the trick, the study authors said.

Half-Billion-Year-Old Heart Found More Complex than Today’s

April 24, 2014 3:01 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

520 million years ago, the first known animal heart, the heart of an ancient shrimp, was formed. Now, it, and its vascular system, have been found to be more complex than that of modern shrimp, researchers report.         

Boring Cells Could Hold the Key to Heart Disease

April 24, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

Fibroblasts could offer an alternative to heart transplants for patients with heart disease. Researchers found that the heart cell fibroblast is a close relative to a cardiomyocyte, the cell responsible for a healthy beating heart.      

Ultrasound Device May Help Detect Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

April 24, 2014 1:31 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke.                         

Scientists Alter Fat Metabolism in Animals to Prevent Heart Disease

April 23, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

Working with mice and rabbits, scientists have found a way to block abnormal cholesterol production, transport and breakdown, successfully preventing the development of atherosclerosis, the main cause of heart attacks and strokes and the number-one cause of death among humans.

CT Measures Potentially Dangerous Arterial Plaque in Diabetic Patients

April 22, 2014 3:04 pm | News | Comments

Imaging of the coronary arteries with computed tomography angiography provides an accurate assessment of arterial plaque and could have a dramatic impact on the management of diabetic patients who face a high risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events, according to a new study.

Lab Turns Skin Cells into Human Airway Tissue

April 22, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Using reprogrammed skin cells, researchers have for the first time used stem cell techniques to grow fully functional assemblies of the cells that line airways leading to the lungs.                    

Watermelon Could Lower Blood Pressure

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Be sure to pick up a watermelon—or two—at your local grocery store. It could save your life. A new study found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.

Early Cardiac Risks Linked to Worse Cognitive Function in Middle Age

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Young adults with such cardiac risk factors as high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels have significantly worse cognitive function in middle age, according to a new study by dementia researchers at UC San Francisco. The findings bolster the view that diseases like Alzheimer’s develop over an individual’s lifespan and may be set in motion early in life.

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