Women doctors best for women with heart attacks

If you’re having a heart attack and you’re a woman, hope a female doctor greets you in the emergency room. A review of nearly 582,000 heart attack cases over 19 years showed female patients had a significantly higher survival rate when a woman treated them in the ER, according to Seth Carnahan of Washington University … Read more

Montmorency tart cherries may enhance gut health

Montmorency tart cherries may play a role in improving gut health, suggests a first-of-its kind human trial of nine adults combined with a parallel laboratory study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. In the human trial, these nine healthy adults, 23-30 years old, drank 8 ounces of Montmorency tart cherry juice (from concentrate) daily … Read more

Azedra injection – first treatment approved for rare adrenal tumors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Azedra (iobenguane I 131) injection for intravenous use for the treatment of adults and adolescents age 12 and older with rare tumors of the adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma) that cannot be surgically removed (unresectable), have spread beyond the original tumor site and require systemic anticancer therapy. This … Read more

Vegetarian diet lowers chronic diseases & weight gain

Eating a vegetarian or primarily plant-based diet is associated with a variety of health benefits. But simply being vegetarian is not enough to reap those benefits–the quality of the food matters, too. Researchers are working on a new research into the health impacts of eating a plant-based diet and how dietary quality influences those impacts. … Read more

Mangoes – heart healthy fruit – eat 2 cups daily

Two cups of mangos a day had beneficial effects on systolic blood pressure among healthy postmenopausal women, revealed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Mango consumption helped relax blood vessels in as little as two hours after intake. Additionally, some of the participants showed favorable changes in the production of breath methane, an … Read more

Gene editing may prevent genetic and inherited diseases

For the first time, researchers have corrected a disease-causing mutation in early stage human embryos with gene editing. The technique, which uses the CRISPR-Cas9 system, corrected the mutation for a heart condition at the earliest stage of embryonic development so that the defect would not be passed on to future generations. With advances in stem … Read more

Vitamin B lowers effects of air pollution induced heart disease

B vitamins can mitigate the impact of fine particle pollution on cardiovascular disease, revealed by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Healthy non-smokers who took vitamin B supplements nearly reversed any negative effects on their cardiovascular and immune systems. This is the first clinical trial to evaluate whether B vitamin supplements change … Read more

10 hours weekly activity lowers risk of 5 chronic diseases

Higher levels of total physical activity are strongly associated with lower risk of five common chronic diseases – breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, finds a study in The BMJ today. The study emphasise that daily activity levels need to be several times higher than recommended minimum. Many studies have shown the … Read more

High blood pressure may not necessarily an emergency

Visits to emergency departments for patients with hypertension increased by 64 percent between 2002 and 2012 while hospitalizations for those visits declined by 28 percent. A study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine suggests that aggressive home monitoring of blood pressure may be driving patients to emergency departments despite the lack of other emergency conditions, … Read more

Aerobic exercise training may help patients with heart failure

Heart failure is a common endpoint for many cardiovascular diseases. This syndrome is characterized by reduced cardiac output that leads to dyspnea, exercise intolerance and later death. More than 20 million people worldwide are estimated to have heart failure. And, this situation will get worse since the prevalence of heart failure will rise as the … Read more

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