Childhood obesity increases early signs of heart disease

Childhood obesity increases early signs of cardiovascular disease – By as early as 7 years of age, being obese may raise a child’s future risk of heart disease and stroke, even without the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, a new study found.

Diabetes and heart disease patients – mortality same

Death rates same for diabetes and heart disease patients receiving drug therapy or surgery. – There is no difference in mortality among patients with type 2 diabetes and stable heart disease who received prompt bypass surgery or angioplasty compared to drug therapy alone, according to a landmark study focused exclusively on patients with both conditions.

Green tea shows promise in leukemia

Green tea extract shows promise in leukemia trials – Mayo Clinic researchers are reporting positive results in early leukemia clinical trials using the chemical epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an active ingredient in green tea.

Triple drug combination promising to treat breast cancer

Triple drug combination is promising option to treat metastatic HER2+ breast cancer – Combining two chemotherapy drugs with trastuzumab (Herceptin) to treat women who have metastatic HER2+ breast cancer may offer physicians another choice in their treatment options.

Hormone therapy reduces woman’s risk of colorectal cancer by 40%

Hormone therapy offers potential protective effect against colon cancer in older women – In a large study, a national team of researchers led by Mayo Clinic scientists observed that self-reported use of hormone therapy was associated with a significantly lower colorectal cancer risk. However, the mechanisms for the apparent protective association are still unclear.

Mayo Clinic Health Manager powered by Microsoft HealthVault

Mayo Clinic and Microsoft deliver a powerful and personalized consumer solution for managing health. Mayo Clinic Health Manager, powered by Microsoft HealthVault, helps you and your family become better organized, better informed. – Mayo Clinic and Microsoft Corp. announced the launch of Mayo Clinic Health Manager, a privacy- and security-enhanced free online application that provides people with a place to store medical information and receive real-time individualized health guidance and recommendations based on the clinical expertise of Mayo Clinic.

Cardiac imaging exams have radiation risks

People Without Symptoms of Heart Disease Should Exercise Caution in Obtaining Cardiac Imaging Exams, says Expert Panel led by Mayo Clinic Cardiologist – At the radiation dose levels used in cardiac imaging exams, such as cardiac CT or nuclear medicine scans, the risk of potentially harmful effects from ionizing radiation are low. However, since the exact level of risk is not known, people without symptoms of heart disease should think twice about seeking, or agreeing to, these types of cardiac studies.

Rheumatoid arthritis rising among women in US

Mayo researchers reported at a conference that rheumatoid arthritis rising among women. – After four decades on the decline, rheumatoid arthritis is on the upswing among women in the United States. That’s the finding presented by Mayo Clinic investigators at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals in San Francisco.

New York unveils electronic health record technology

New York City’s Electronic Health Records Set New Standard for Health Care Nationwide; Technology Will Help Transform System of Disease Care into One of Preventing Disease. – New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden unveiled the City’s next-generation electronic health records (EHRs), already in use at more than 200 primary-care providers across the city that care for more than 200,000 New Yorkers.

Heart disease rising in US after 2000

Mayo Clinic analysis of two decades of autopsy results shows prevalence of coronary disease rising after the year 2000. – A Mayo Clinic analysis of two decades of autopsy results shows a long-term decline in the prevalence of coronary disease has ended and the disease may be on the upswing. The findings appear in today’s issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.