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  • Gestational diabetes may raise risk for future heart disease

    03/16/2014 12:21:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | March 14, 2014 | James Fluere
    History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Future Risk of Atherosclerosis in Mid‐life: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study Gestational diabetes can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of medications. Science Recorder | James Fluere | Friday, March 14, 2014 According to a statement from the American Heart Association, gestational diabetes — a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels that is first recognized during pregnancy — may increase risk for heart disease in midlife. Fortunately, the condition can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of...
  • New Questions Raised About Italian Cardiologists Already Under Cloud Of Suspicion (Updated)

    10/09/2013 6:45:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/02/2013 | Larry Husten
    (Updated with a response from Dr. Maria Grazia Modena) New questions are being raised about the integrity and reliability of research published by a prominent Italian cardiologist and her colleagues. Last November, as previous reported here, Maria Grazia Modena, a former president of the Italian Society of Cardiology, and 8 other Italian cardiologists were arrested as part of a broad investigation into serious medical misconduct at Modena Hospital. To date the Italian authorities have not issued any indictments, but at least one aspect of the investigation appears to involve unauthorized research and failing to obtain informed consent from patients in...
  • Rare mutation prompts race for cholesterol drug

    07/15/2013 12:16:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times via Columbus Dispatch (OH) ^ | July 14, 2013 | Gina Kolata
    She was a 32-year-old aerobics instructor from a Dallas suburb healthy, college-educated, with two young children. Nothing out of the ordinary, except one thing. Her cholesterol was astoundingly low. Her low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, the form that promotes heart disease, was 14, a level unheard-of in healthy adults, whose normal level is over 100. The reason: a rare gene mutation she had inherited from both parents. Only one other person, a young, healthy Zimbabwean woman whose LDL cholesterol was 15, has ever been found with the same mutation. The discovery of the mutation and of the two women with...
  • Association of low vitamin D levels with risk of CHD events differs by race, ethnicity

    07/10/2013 12:44:16 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 9, 2013 | NA
    In a multiethnic group of adults, low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration was associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease events among white or Chinese participants but not among black or Hispanic participants, results that suggest that the risks and benefits of vitamin D supplementation should be evaluated carefully across race and ethnicity, according to a study in the July 10 issue of JAMA. "Low circulating concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) have been consistently associated with increased risk of clinical and subclinical coronary heart disease (CHD). Whether this relationship is causal and modifiable with vitamin D supplementation has not yet...
  • Alzheimer's disease drugs linked to reduced risk of heart attacks

    06/04/2013 6:15:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Medical Express ^ | June 4th, 2013 | NA
    Drugs that are used for treating Alzheimer's disease in its early stages are linked to a reduced risk of heart attacks and death, according to a large study of over 7,000 people with Alzheimer's disease in Sweden.The research, which is published online today (Wednesday) in the European Heart Journal [1], looked at cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs), such as donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine, which are used for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease [2]. Side-effects of ChEIs include a beneficial effect on the vagus nerve, which controls the rate at which the heart beats, and some experimental studies have suggested that ChEIs...
  • The Scheme to Make America Fat - Can Americans become thinner?

    05/12/2013 2:37:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 121 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.10.13 | MARTA H. MOSSBURG
    In the 2008 Pixar movie WALL.E, humans so clogged up the earth with garbage they had to move to spaceships. Motorized chairs ferried the obese blobs portraying people of the future, who sipped liquids from massive cups and sat mesmerized by video screens. It was both funny and scary in its assessment of Americas throw-away, fast-food culture where convenience is everything and self-control and direction outsourced to technology. At the time of the movie it was part of an emerging chorus of voices decrying Americans growing girth. Five years later it is almost impossible to go a day without seeing...
  • Another Disappointing Study For Fish Oil Supplements

    05/08/2013 8:51:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/08/2013 | Larry Husten
    Another large study has failed to find any benefits for fish oil supplements. The Italian Risk and Prevention Study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, enrolled 12,513 people who had not had a myocardial infarction but had evidence of atherosclerosis or had multiple cardiovascular risk factors. The patients were randomized to either a fish oil supplement (1 gram daily of n-3 fatty acids) or placebo. After 5 years of followup, the primary endpoint the time to death from cardiovascular causes or admission to the hospital for cardiovascular causes had occurred in 11.7% of the fish oil group versus...
  • A New Reason Why Red Meat, and Some Energy Drinks, May Be Bad for Our Heart

    04/09/2013 2:35:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 59 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 7 April 2013 | Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
    Our guts are awash in bacteria, and now a new study fingers them as culprits in heart disease. A complicated dance between the microbes and a component of red meat could help explain how the food might cause atherosclerosis. The work also has implications for certain energy drinks and energy supplements, which contain the same nutrient that these bacteria like chasing after. Red meat is considered bad news when it comes to heart health, although studies aren't consistent about how much can hurt and whether it always does. Furthermore, it's not clear which components of meat are doing harm. Various...
  • New culprit for red meat health risks

    04/08/2013 1:49:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 8 April 2013 | Emma Stoye
    Gut bacteria may convert a nutrient found in red meat into a compound that can damage the heartThe link between red meat and poor heart health has traditionally been blamed on cholesterol, but new evidence suggests this isn't the whole story. US researchers found that carnitine, a nutrient found in red meat, is converted into a metabolite that promotes cardiovascular disease by gut bacteria. This may mean that the popular practice of taking carnitine supplements to build muscle is unwise.The cholesterol and saturated fat content of red meat is not sufficient to account for increased cardiac risk, says lead author...
  • Jailed 23 years, NY man is freed, has heart attack

    03/23/2013 3:23:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2013 | NA
    Associated Press NEW YORK A New York City man whose murder conviction was overturned after 23 years in prison has suffered a heart attack on his second day of freedom. David Ranta's lawyer tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/102uUVo ) the former inmate had a serious heart attack Friday night and is being treated at a New York hospital. Ranta walked out of jail Thursday after a judge threw out his conviction in the 1990 killing of a Brooklyn rabbi...
  • Cholesterol limits lose their lustre

    03/02/2013 10:24:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Nature News ^ | 26 February 2013 | Heidi Ledford
    Revised guidelines for heart health are set to move away from target-based approach. Soon after Joseph Francis learned that his levels of bad LDL cholesterol sat at twice the norm, he discovered the shortcomings of cholesterol-lowering drugs and of the clinical advice guiding their use. Francis, the director of clinical analysis and reporting at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) in Washington DC, started taking Lipitor (atorvastatin), a cholesterol-lowering statin and the best-selling drug in pharmaceutical history. His LDL plummeted, but still hovered just above a target mandated by clinical guidelines. Adding other medications had no effect, and upping the...
  • Researchers Develop Injectable Gel to Repair Damaged Hearts

    02/25/2013 9:31:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Voice of America ^ | February 21, 2013 | Jessica Berman
    People who suffer heart attacks are at increased risk of having a second and potentially fatal occurrence because of the damage the heart attack does to cardiac muscle tissue. Now scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a new biomaterial - an injectable hydrogel  - that can repair the damage from heart attacks, and help promote the growth of new heart tissue.   Millions of people around the world suffer heart attacks every year and survive. These traumatic events occur when blood supply to the heart muscles is somehow blocked, robbing them of oxygen and causing them...
  • The Mediterranean Diet: The New Gold Standard?

    02/25/2013 4:33:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/25/2013 | Larry Husten
    Comment Now Follow Comments Earlier today I summarized the important new PREDIMED study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing the cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet. This study a rare and much welcome instance of a large randomized controlled study of a diet powered to reach conclusions about important cardiovascular endpoints has been widely praised and will undoubtedly have a major effect in the field of nutrition and will influence lots of people to adopt some form of a Mediterranean diet. The studys major potential weakness appears to be that the control group didnt get a fair...
  • Today's U.S. Soldiers Fitter Than Decades Ago: Report

    12/31/2012 8:58:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 26, 2012 | Steven Reinberg
    However, study found those serving in Afghanistan, Iraq still had beginnings of heart diseaseHealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan had been healthier than troops in previous wars, military researchers report.Although almost 9 percent of those autopsied had some degree of atherosclerosis (or "hardening") of their coronary arteries, which can lead to heart disease, this was far lower than seen in soldiers who died in Vietnam or Korea, researchers say.Similar studies had shown that 77 percent of soldiers in the Korean War and 45 percent in the Vietnam War had atherosclerosis,...
  • Gut bacteria may affect cardiovascular risk

    12/10/2012 7:22:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | December 4, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Antioxidant-producing microbes may keep atherosclerotic plaques in place Though atherosclerosis is an artery problem, microscopic denizens of the intestines may play a surprising role in how the disease plays out. A new study suggests that different mixes of intestinal microbes may determine whether people will have heart attacks or strokes brought on by break-away plaque from the arteries. Compared with healthy people, heart disease patients who have had strokes or other complications of atherosclerosis carry fewer microbes that make anti-inflammatory compounds. These patients also have more bacteria that produce inflammation-triggering molecules, researchers report online December 4 in Nature Communications. Inflammation...
  • Chelation-therapy heart trial draws fire

    11/14/2012 10:42:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 14 November 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Critics not persuaded that metal-snaring treatment works. With millions of Americans regularly using complementary medicines, researchers usually applaud efforts to test and debunk folk treatments such as echinacea, a herbal supplement often deployed against the common cold. But what if a trial shows that an alternative therapy might work? That is the case for a study funded by the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The trial hints that a fringe therapy intended to sop up metal ions in the blood might reduce participants risk of...
  • Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetic Heart Patients: Study

    11/06/2012 2:11:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    HealthDay via NewsDay ^ | November 5, 2012 | E.J. Mundell
    For a subset of heart patients who are both diabetic and have more than one clogged artery, bypass surgery appears to outperform the use of artery-widening stents, a major new trial finds. The study adds more evidence that bypass is the preferred approach for this type of patient, according to experts discussing the findings Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Los Angeles. "This has the potential to change clinical practice," said Dr. Alice Jacobs, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and interventional cardiology at Boston Medical Center. In her commentary, she said the results of...
  • Common heart treatment fails to help - Beta blockers may offer little against heart attack, stroke

    10/05/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | October 2nd, 2012 | Nathan Seppa
    Beta blockers may offer little against heart attack, stroke Commonly prescribed drugs called beta blockers fail to protect against heart attacks and strokes even while helping to control heart rate and blood pressure, researchers report in the Oct. 3 Journal of the American Medical Association. Beta blockers also didnt lessen the odds of a heart-related death, in heart attack patients or others at risk, over a median follow-up of 44 months. The American Heart Association had previously discouraged the long-term use of beta blockers as a postheart attack treatment beyond three years. The new findings further dim the prospects for...
  • Cancer overtakes heart disease among US Hispanics

    09/25/2012 2:32:40 AM PDT · by neverdem
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 17, 2012 | Associated Press
    Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few years behind. The change is not exactly cause for alarm. Death rates for both cancer and heart disease have been dropping for Hispanics and everyone else. It's just that heart disease deaths have fallen faster, largely because of improved treatment and prevention, including the development of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Overall, cancer will probably replace heart disease as the nation's top cause of death in the next 10 years, said Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer...
  • Anti-inflammatories tied to cardiac risk

    09/11/2012 12:03:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | September 10th, 2012 | Nathan Seppa
    Heart attack survivors using certain painkillers are more likely to die or suffer another event People who have survived a heart attack seem to increase their risk of having another one, or of dying, by taking common painkillers called NSAIDs, a popular class of drugs that includes ibuprofen. The unsettling link between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and heart attack risk is not new. The American Heart Association released guidelines in 2007 discouraging the use of any NSAIDs among people with a history of cardiovascular disease. Researchers in Denmark now bolster that link with the largest study to date of NSAID use...
  • Study: Belly Fat Officially the Worst

    08/30/2012 12:37:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 69 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 28, 2012 | Lindsay Abrams
    Having a normal overall BMI and a beer belly ("abdominal obesity") was found to be more dangerous than having a BMI in the obese range.BrewBooks/FlickrPROBLEM: While the relationship between obesity and cardiovascular health is well understood, less is known about the risks associated with "central obesity," or excessive fat concentrated around the abdomen. A gut, if you will. Are those with fat primarily in this region at higher risk of death due to cardiovascular problems than those who are obese? METHODOLOGY: A representative sample of 12,785 American adults was culled from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, which...
  • Panel recommends against ECG tests for heart disease

    08/02/2012 5:38:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 31, 2012 | Genevra Pittman
    Testing electrical activity of the heart using an electrocardiogram is unlikely to help doctors figure out who is at risk of coronary heart disease, according to recommendations from a U.S. government-backed panel. The United States Preventive Services Task Force wrote on Monday that there's no good evidence the test, also known as an ECG, helps doctors predict heart risks any better than traditional considerations such as smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in people with no symptoms. "It could potentially be helpful if we had evidence that doing a test like an ECG or an exercise ECG would better classify...
  • New York trans fat ban has cut consumption, study finds

    07/24/2012 7:16:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 16, 2012 | Mary MacVean
    Since the city banned trans fats in restaurant food in 2008, diners have consumed 2.4 fewer grams of trans fats per lunch, which should mean better health, researchers say. A New York regulation that took effect in 2008 prohibits all restaurants (Kathy Willens / Associated)New York City's pioneering ban on all but the smallest amounts of trans fats in restaurant food has led to a significant reduction in consumption, a change that should translate into better cardiovascular health in the nation's largest city, according to a new report. It also demonstrates that coffee shops, fast-food joints and other eateries can...
  • Fructose consumption increases risk factors for heart disease

    07/28/2011 6:23:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    The Endocrine Society ^ | July 28, 2011 | Unknown
    Study suggests US Dietary Guideline for upper limit of sugar consumption is too highA recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that people consume only five percent of calories as added sugar. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 suggest an upper limit of 25 percent...
  • Today's teens will die younger of heart disease

    11/16/2011 3:06:05 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | November 16, 2011
    High blood sugar, obesity, poor diet, smoking, little exercise make adolescents unhealthiest in US historyCHICAGO --- A new study that takes a complete snapshot of adolescent cardiovascular health in the United States reveals a dismal picture of teens who are likely to die of heart disease at a younger age than adults do today, reports Northwestern Medicine research. "We are all born with ideal cardiovascular health, but right now we are looking at the loss of that health in youth," said Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., chair and associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a...
  • Short Term Use of Painkillers Could Be Dangerous to Heart Patients

    05/11/2011 12:06:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 10, 2011 | NA
    Even short-term use of some painkillers could be dangerous for people who've had a heart attack, according to research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed the duration of prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) treatment and cardiovascular risk in a nationwide Danish cohort of patients with prior heart attack. They found the use of NSAIDs was associated with a 45 percent increased risk of death or recurrent heart attack within as little as one week of treatment, and a 55 percent increased risk if treatment extended to three months. The study was limited by its observational...
  • Is Sugar Toxic?

    04/19/2011 3:11:57 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 43 replies
    NYTimes ^ | April 13, 2011 | GARY TAUBES
    ...When I set out to interview public health authorities and researchers for this article, they would often initiate the interview with some variation of the comment surely youve spoken to Robert Lustig, not because Lustig has done any of the key research on sugar himself, which he hasnt, but because hes willing to insist publicly and unambiguously, when most researchers are not, that sugar is a toxic substance that people abuse... ...What we have to keep in mind, says Walter Glinsmann, the F.D.A. administrator who was the primary author on the 1986 report and who now is an adviser to...
  • Longevinex exhibits L-shaped safety curve for first time in resveratrol biology

    12/29/2010 2:09:24 PM PST · by decimon · 15 replies · 4+ views
    Resveratrol Partners LLC, dba LONGEVINEX ^ | December 29, 2010 | Unknown
    While protecting animal hearts from a mortal eventLas Vegas, Nevada (Dec. 30, 2010) It was Paracelsus, the Renaissance physician (1493-1541 A.D.) who first said "the dose makes the poison." So, you can drink too much wine, or ingest too much resveratrol, but in an unprecedented study, heart researchers report they couldn't find a toxic dose for Longevinex, a resveratrol-based dietary supplement. Investigators previously reported that six or more glasses of red wine per day actually increase the risk, whereas 3-5 glasses per day optimally reduce risk for cardiac death. This is the well-known J-shaped risk curve (risk goes down,...
  • A Diet Manifesto: Drop the Apple and Walk Away

    01/02/2011 3:16:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 166 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 27, 2010 | ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.
    Another year ends, and still the war drags on. In the final salvo of 2010, the combatants are lobbing fruit. Not literally, of course, though they might like to: The long war of the weight-loss diets has aroused passions just about as overheated as those of any military conflict. How is a person best advised to lose extra weight and retreat from diabetes and heart disease? Count calories, cut fat and fill up on fruits and vegetables? Or turn instead to a high-protein, high-fat... --snip-- In the opposite corner we have Gary Taubes, the science journalist who has thrown in...
  • Pattern of drinking affects the relation of alcohol intake to coronary heart disease

    12/02/2010 8:47:15 AM PST · by decimon · 19 replies
    Boston University Medical Center ^ | December 2, 2010 | Unknown
    A fascinating study published in the BMJ shows that although the French drink more than the Northern Irish each week, as they drink daily, rather than more on less occasions, the French suffered from considerably less coronary heart disease than the Northern Irish. Ruidavets and colleagues compared groups of middle aged men in France and Northern Ireland, who have very different drinking cultures and rates of heart disease.The authors found that men who "binge" drink (drink =50 g of alcohol once a week) had nearly twice the risk of myocardial infarction or death from coronary disease compared with regular drinkers...
  • BUSM researchers propose a relationship between androgen deficiency and cardiovascular disease

    09/25/2009 12:41:59 PM PDT · by decimon · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Boston University Medical Center ^ | Sep 25, 2009 | Unknown
    (Boston) - Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in collaboration with researchers from Lahey Clinic Northshore, Peabody, Mass., believe that androgen deficiency might be the underlying cause for a variety of common clinical conditions, including diabetes, erectile dysfunction, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease (CVD). These findings appear in the September/October issue of the Journal of Andrology. Androgens are a steroid hormone, such as testosterone, that controls the development and maintenance of male characteristics. In a number of studies, androgen deficiency has been linked to an increased mortality in men. Testosterone (T) is an anabolic hormone with a wide...
  • RA, Others Join Diabetes as Major CVD Risk Factors: Consensus on management reached.

    07/21/2009 1:02:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 456+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 July 2009 | MITCHEL L. ZOLER
    COPENHAGEN — Rheumatoid arthritis and two other rheumatic diseases are as strong as diabetes as risk factors for cardiovascular disease, prompting a European League Against Rheumatism task force to issue the group's first consensus recommendations for managing cardiovascular risk in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis. “In our view, rheumatoid arthritis [RA], ankylosing spondylitis [AS], and psoriatic arthritis [PsA] should be seen as new, independent cardiovascular risk factors,” Dr. Michael T. Nurmohamed said at the annual European Congress of Rheumatology. “Very importantly, the risk is comparable to type 2 diabetes,” added Dr. Nurmohamed, a rheumatologist at the...
  • Study Refutes Protein's Role in Heart Attacks

    07/04/2009 10:05:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 887+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 30 June 2009 | Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
    Enlarge ImageEvolving evidence. In a massive study, C-reactive protein didnt boost the risk of heart attacks.Credit: Wikipedia A new study may be the last word in a controversy that's plagued cardiovascular disease research for years: whether a marker of inflammation known as C-reactive protein (CRP) drives heart attacks and strokes. In a survey of more than 128,000 people, researchers have found that genes that raise CRP levels don't make cardiovascular disease more likely. Although the study arrives at the same conclusion as earlier work, its massive size makes it statistically the most powerful test yet of this question and...
  • Stem Cells May Offer New Way to Treat Blocked Arteries (Adult Stem Cells)

    05/19/2009 4:14:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 781+ views
    HealthDay via Yahoo ^ | May 19, 2009 | Ed Edelson
    TUESDAY, (HealthDay News) -- Injecting bone marrow cells into the heart's muscular wall restored blood flow to hearts with blocked arteries for which conventional treatments had proven ineffective, Dutch physicians have reported. "I think this is very good news for patients who are at the end of the line and have no options left," said Dr. Douwe E. Atsma, an interventional cardiologist at Leiden University Medical Center and an author of the study, which appears in the May 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The 50 people in the study, 43 of them men, were experiencing...
  • Nov. 23 Collection Boycott (Catholic Caucus)

    11/21/2008 1:11:14 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies · 927+ views
    NCR ^ | November 21, 2008 | Tom McFeely
    Catholic commentator Phyllis Schlafly has suggested Catholics should stop donating to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CHD). The national second collection for CHD at parishes is slated for this Sunday, Nov. 23. In the Nov. 23-29 issue of the Register, we report on the decision by Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Ala., to instruct that the CHD collection not be taken this year in parishes in his diocese. The Campaign for Human Development has come under criticism for its longstanding links to ACORN, the community activist group that’s under criminal investigation for allegedly undertaking voter registration fraud. But critics...
  • The Acorn/CHD post (November 23rd CHD will be asking for your money) [Catholic Caucus]

    11/14/2008 8:40:37 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 793+ views
    American Papist ^ | November 14, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    I've had lots of people asking me about ACORN and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CHD). Both are certainly in the news alot these days: The CCHD has donated more than $7.3 million to ACORN-related projects over the past decade, including $40,000 to an ACORN chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada, that was raided before the election in an investigation into fraudulent voter registration forms. Among other questionable documents, the ACORN chapter submitted registration forms for members of the Dallas Cowboys football team.Earlier this week I blogged about the US bishops' decision to stop funding ACORN. Now many folks...
  • FIRST THINGS: Obama and the Bishops

    11/11/2008 11:57:40 AM PST · by magdalen · 32 replies · 429+ views
    First Things ^ | November 11, 2008 | Magdalen
    Obama and the Bishops By Richard John Neuhaus Friday, November 7, 2008, 8:16 AM (As) the American bishops of the Catholic Church hold their annual fall meeting in Baltimore. High on the agenda is how Catholic bishops can better communicate Catholic teaching on social justice both in the Church and in the public square. It is understood that the priority issue of social justice is the protection of innocent human lifefrom the entrance gates of life to the exit gates, and at every step along lifes way. The most massive and brutal violation of justice is the killing of millions...
  • Bloomberg Had Surgery in 2000 (two stents implanted in a coronary artery)

    06/27/2007 10:48:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 655+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 28, 2007 | PATRICK HEALY and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    Before he was elected mayor in 2001, Michael R. Bloomberg had surgery to have two stents implanted in a coronary artery because of blockage in his heart, a person with knowledge of Mr. Bloombergs health said last night. Mayor Bloomberg has not had heart disease since the stents were put in, according to this person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Mr. Bloomberg had not authorized release of the information. The mayor is in excellent health today, this person said. Newsweek magazine first reported the implants this week. The person with knowledge of the mayors health said the procedure...
  • Higher trans fat levels in blood associated with elevated risk of heart disease

    04/15/2007 11:28:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 801+ views
    High consumption of trans fat, found mainly in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and widely used by the food industry, has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). New York and Philadelphia have passed measures eliminating its use in restaurants, and other cities are considering similar bans. A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) provides the strongest association to date between trans fat and heart disease. It found that women in the U.S. with the highest levels of trans fat in their blood had three times the risk of CHD as those with...
  • Big Brother Prescribes - Are mandatory aerobics classes in your future?

    07/14/2006 2:00:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 1,079+ views
    Reason ^ | July 14, 2006 | Ronald Bailey
    Are mandatory aerobics classes in your future? "When anyone dies at an early age from a preventable cause in New York City, it's my fault," New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden declared recently (Financial Times registration required). In his campaign to make sure that no New Yorker dies before his or her time, Frieden has adopted an expansive notion of public health. Historically, public health has focused on protecting people from the risks of communicable diseases. Thus public health officials have been empowered to mandate vaccinations, require the chlorination of water, order that milk be pasteurized, and quarantine sick...
  • First Link Found Between Obesity, Inflammation And Vascular Disease

    09/18/2005 7:02:26 PM PDT · by sourcery · 20 replies · 988+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 2005-09-17
    HOUSTON (Sept. 16, 2005) - Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have found that human fat cells produce a protein that is linked to both inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. They say the discovery, reported in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, goes a long way to explain why people who are overweight generally have higher levels of the molecule, known as C-reactive protein (CRP), which is now used diagnostically to predict future cardiovascular events. And they also report...
  • Protein Is Factor in Heart Disease, Researchers Say

    01/05/2005 4:19:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies · 2,907+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 6, 2005 | GINA KOLATA
    Reducing the levels of a protein secreted by the body during inflammation may be as powerful in slowing heart disease and preventing heart attacks and deaths as lowering cholesterol, two teams of researchers are reporting. The studies, published in Thursday's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, provide the strongest evidence yet for the role of the protein, known as CRP for C-reactive protein, in heart disease. The participants were patients with severe heart disease who were taking high doses of statin drugs, which lower both cholesterol and CRP. Lower CRP levels, the researchers found, were linked to a...
  • The Promise and Peril of Heart Scans

    11/20/2004 8:13:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1,063+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 21, 2004 | MASTHEAD EDITORIAL
    A seductive new diagnostic technology may be coming to a medical center near you. It is an advanced heart scanner that can produce sharply detailed pictures of every clogged artery that might be threatening to cause a heart attack. Some experts expect it to revolutionize the practice of cardiology, while others are warning that it could bankrupt the health care system. Even discounting for hyperbole on both sides, it will be important to ensure that this technology is used only on the most appropriate patients and not promoted willy-nilly for every anxious man or woman eager to exploit the latest...
  • Chris Simcox's Tombstone Border Report, 6-04-04

    06/06/2004 12:26:16 PM PDT · by NewRomeTacitus · 39 replies · 303+ views
    American Patrol ^ | 06-04-2004 | Chris Simcox
    Between June 6 and June 12, Civil Homeland Defense of Tombstone will be deploying at least 40 skilled civilians into the field to help the beleagured U.S. Border Patrol "seal the border," as was promised by officials of DHS. Twenty-four hour patrols will be conducted in Palominas, a renowned hotbed of illegal alien border-crossers and drug smugglers. Saying that "civil homeland defense begins with securing our borders," Chris Simcox, editor of the Tombstone Tumbleweed and head of Civil Homeland Defense, has promised to guide volunteers from all over the United States to aid the federal government in the performance of...
  • New Studies Question Value of Opening Arteries

    03/21/2004 7:02:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 509+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 21, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    A new and emerging understanding of how heart attacks occur indicates that increasingly popular aggressive treatments may be doing little or nothing to prevent them. The artery-opening methods, like bypass surgery and stents, the widely used wire cages that hold plaque against an artery wall, can alleviate crushing chest pain. Stents can also rescue someone in the midst of a heart attack by destroying an obstruction and holding the closed artery open. But the new model of heart disease shows that the vast majority of heart attacks do not originate with obstructions that narrow arteries. Instead, recent and continuing studies...
  • Scientists Begin to Question Benefit of 'Good' Cholesterol

    03/15/2004 11:23:07 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 583+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 15, 2004 | Gina Kolata
    For years, doctors have been saying that to prevent heart disease, patients should pay attention to both the so-called bad cholesterol, or L.D.L., and the good cholesterol, or H.D.L. The good, they said, can counteract the bad. But now, some scientists say, new and continuing studies have called into question whether high levels of the good cholesterol are always good and, when they are beneficial, how much. While some heart experts are not ready to change their treatment advice, others have concluded that H.D.L. should play at most a minor role in deciding whether to prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs. In the...
  • Critics Decry Yuma, Arizona's 'Vigilante' Crackdown

    10/14/2003 6:25:38 PM PDT · by GoRepGo · 5 replies · 179+ views
    (Cybercast News Service) CNSNews.com ^ | October 14, 2003 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Critics Decry Yuma, Arizona's 'Vigilante' Crackdown By Jon E. Dougherty CNSNews.com Correspondent October 14, 2003 (CNSNews.com) - Immigration reform organizations are criticizing a resolution adopted by the Yuma, Ariz., County Board of Supervisors condemning "vigilante" civilian groups that voluntarily patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Supervisors recently voted unanimously to adopt a decree expressing their opposition to the civilian border groups, some of which have been operating in Yuma County. The goal of the civilian groups is to deter aliens from illegally crossing into the U.S. The handful of groups, which include organizations like Ranch Rescue and Arizona-based Civil Homeland Defense, usually...
  • Between two lands: America's border still beckons to thousands of Mexicans...

    07/19/2003 8:15:09 PM PDT · by Spiff · 26 replies · 847+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 7/28/03 | Bay Fang
    Nation & World 7/28/03 Between Two Lands America's border still beckons to thousands of Mexicans, but today it's a life-and-death trip By Bay Fang U.S. News & World Report IN THE SONORAN DESERT--It's a typical summer night in the Arizona desert, but it feels like the end of the world. Bolts of lightning flash here and there, illuminating the sky for seconds, then fading to black. Thunder crashes in surround sound. Craig Howard, a heavyset 57-year-old, packs two guns and sports a baseball cap. Sitting in a lawn chair behind a bush, he is stock-still as he listens for...