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  • Is There Still Issues With The CHD Second Collection? (Vanity)

    11/23/2014 4:12:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Vanity ^ | November 23, 2014 | Biggirl
    Good Morning. I have a brief question and it is in regards to the yearly second collection, called the "Campaign For Human Development" or CHD which takes place each weekend before Thanksgiving Day in Catholic parishes across the United States. This weekend my parish priest told parishoners there will be no second collection taken for CHD. I remember there were issues involving this collection over the last few years. Is there still issues with CHD going on? My diocese is the Hartford, CT archdiocese and I believe the other parishes have taken up this collection. Thank-you for your response and...
  • 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 · 71 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...