Blocked heart arteries can cause stroke

Clogged heart arteries can foreshadow stroke — American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report – Blockages in your heart arteries could mean you’re more likely to have a stroke, even if you’re considered low risk. A new study raises the need for intensified interdisciplinary efforts for providing adequate disease prevention and management strategies for stroke.

Organic foods may be a source of dietary arsenic

Organic foods may be an unsuspected source of dietary arsenic – As people seek healthier dietary regimens they often turn to things labeled “organic.” Lurking in the background, however, is an ingredient that may be a hidden source of arsenic-an element known to be both toxic and potentially carcinogenic.

World leaders focus on stroke prevention, care

World leaders focus on stroke prevention, care as Stroke journal turns 40 – On the 40th anniversary of the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, stroke leaders from around the world celebrated stroke research accomplishments and set an agenda for the future, according to a special report in the journal.

Extra virgin olive oil prevents Alzheimer’s disease

Oleocanthal may help prevent, treat Alzheimer’s disease – Natural compound in extra virgin olive oil targets toxic beta-amyloid proteins. – Natural compound, Oleocanthal, in extra virgin olive oil targets toxic beta amyloid proteins in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, revealed by US researchers. Extra virgin olive oil contains the highest amount of polyphenol antioxidants also.

Mediterranean diet and exercise lower Alzheimer’s disease risk

Exercise and Mediterranean-type diet combined associated with lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease — Findings of observational study warrant further research in controlled clinical trial to clarify the role of these and other possible factors contributing to AD risk – Both being more physically active and adhering to a Mediterranean-type diet appears to be associated with reduced Alzheimer’s risk, according to a new report in the August 12, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

GSK to manufacture A H1N1 influenza vaccine

GSK has received orders from several governments aiming to stockpile a new candidate A (H1N1) adjuvanted influenza vaccine as a precautionary measure – Company to manufacture the new vaccine, once virus seed is made available by the WHO. – GSK is committed to supporting governments and health authorities around the world to respond to the emergence of the new A (H1N1) influenza strain.

Heart attack cases reduced in US

Less severe first heart attacks linked to heart disease death reductions – The severity of first heart attacks has dropped significantly in the United States – propelling a decline in coronary heart disease deaths, researchers reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Smoke free policy leads to drop in heart attack hospitalizations

Smoke-free Policy Leads to Dramatic, Sustained Drop in Heart Attack Hospitalizations in Pueblo, Colorado – Heart attack hospitalizations in the city of Pueblo, Colorado fell sharply after the implementation of a municipal law making workplaces and public places smoke-free, and this decrease was sustained over a three-year period, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Ultrasound helps predict heart attacks in low risk patients

Low risk for heart attack? Could an ultrasound hold the answer? Ultrasound helps predict heart attacks in “low risk” patients. – By adding the results of an imaging technique to the traditional risk factors for coronary heart disease, doctors at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston found they were able to improve prediction of heart attacks in people previously considered low risk.