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Bio-inspired Glue Keeps Hearts Sealed

January 9, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a bio-inspired adhesive that they say can rapidly attach biodegradable patches inside a beating heart— in just the places where holes occur in conditions such as ventricular heart defects.           

Tobacco Control Saved Millions of Lives, Study Says

January 7, 2014 6:22 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation's top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

Enzyme Mutations May Protect Against Stroke

January 7, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Yale researchers have identified the mechanism behind a molecular variation that reduces risk of stroke in children with sickle cell anemia.                               


Odor Receptors Discovered in Lungs

January 6, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists have shown that your lungs have odor receptors as well.                        

Dietary Fiber Can Protect Against Asthma

January 6, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

New research results suggest a link between the increasing number of people who have developed allergic asthma in the West and a lack of fruits and vegetables in Western diets.                      

High Blood Pressure More Dangerous for Women

January 3, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

Doctors may need to treat high blood pressure in women earlier and more aggressively than they do in men, according to scientists.                                   

High Good, Low Bad Cholesterol is Healthy for the Brain

January 2, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

High levels of “good” cholesterol and low levels of “bad” cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have found.          

New Genetic Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes Revealed

December 26, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

An international team of researchers in Mexico and the United States has uncovered a new genetic clue that contributes to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, particularly the elevated risk among Mexican and other Latin American populations.


Innovative Screening Strategy Uncovers New Drugs, Biology

December 23, 2013 11:15 am | News | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have demonstrated a drug-discovery strategy with a double payoff—it enables the rapid selection of chemical compounds that have a desired effect on cells and also highlights how the compounds work. To illustrate the power of the innovative technique, the TSRI researchers used it to identify a compound that shows promise for treating obesity-linked diabetes. Learn more...

Stress Gene Ups Death, Heart Attack Risk

December 20, 2013 11:29 am | News | Comments

A genetic trait known to make some people especially sensitive to stress also appears to be responsible for a 38 percent increased risk of heart attack or death in patients with heart disease, scientists report.           

Possible Ban on Trans Fat Forces Health Questions About Substitutes

December 19, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

Health advocates cheered last month’s FDA proposal to ban partially hydrogenated oils— which contain trans fats that increase the risk of heart disease— but some wonder whether the substitutes for these fats will be any healthier.      

No Association Between Iron, Atherosclerosis, Study Says

December 18, 2013 12:23 pm | News | Comments

A research team has found no evidence of an association between iron levels in the body and the risk of atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries that leads to cardiovascular disease.               

Higher Blood Pressure Threshold OK in Older Adults

December 18, 2013 11:13 am | by LINDSEY TANNER - AP Medical Writer – Associated Press | News | Comments

Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from an expert panel.                


Vitamins Don't Block Disease, Studies Say

December 16, 2013 5:54 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

There's more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn't protect aging men's brains or help heart attack survivors.                          

Hearts of Men, Women Affected Differently by Diabetes Meds

December 13, 2013 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Widely used treatments for type 2 diabetes have different effects on the hearts of men and women, even as the drugs control blood sugar equally well in both sexes, according to new research.                   

Blood Clots Can Actually Protect the Body

December 10, 2013 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Blood clots play an unexpected role in protecting the body from the deadly effects of bacteria by absorbing bacterial toxins, researchers have found.                              

Study Investigates ADHD, Secondhand Smoke Link

December 9, 2013 11:44 am | News | Comments

A new research program will investigate the relationship between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke during pregnancy and childhood and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.               

Some Foods Can Help Bust Stress

December 9, 2013 11:27 am | News | Comments

Yes, our prehistoric ancestors had to fend off saber-toothed cats and gigantic hyenas. But did they ever have to take an organic chemistry final or host the in-laws for the holidays? Now that’s stress. And what we eat can either help our bodies fight stress– or hurt the effort.

Novel Hormone is Essential for Heart Development

December 6, 2013 11:44 am | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a gene encoding a hormone that could potentially be used as a therapeutic molecule to treat heart diseases. The hormone- which they have chosen to name ELABELA- is only 32 amino-acids long, making it one of the tiniest proteins made by the human body.

Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis Ups Death Risk

December 6, 2013 11:29 am | News | Comments

Men who continued to smoke after a cancer diagnosis had an increased risk of death compared with those who quit smoking after diagnosis, according to a new study.                          

High Cholesterol Fuels the Growth, Spread of Breast Cancer

December 3, 2013 12:10 pm | Videos | Comments

A byproduct of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancers, researchers report.                            

Human Stem Cells Converted to Functional Lung Cells

December 3, 2013 11:43 am | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in transforming human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells. The advance has significant potential for modeling lung disease, screening drugs, studying human lung development and generating lung tissue for transplantation.

Energy Drinks Alter Heart Function

December 2, 2013 11:49 am | News | Comments

Healthy adults who consumed energy drinks high in caffeine and taurine had significantly increased heart contraction rates one hour later, according to a new study.                         

E-cigarettes a New Route to Youth Smoking Addiction

November 26, 2013 11:45 am | News | Comments

E-cigarettes have been widely promoted as a way for people to quit smoking conventional cigarettes. Now, in the first study of its kind, researchers are reporting that youth using e-cigarettes were more likely to be trying to quit, but also were less likely to have stopped smoking and were smoking more, not less.

Nuts Can Lower Cancer, Heart Death Risk

November 20, 2013 6:34 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study.               

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