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Genes Up Your Heart Disease Risk? Do 3 of These 4 Things

'DNA is not destiny,' says researcher

(Newser) - If you lost the genetic lottery when it comes to heart disease, take, well, heart: The upshot of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is that "DNA is not destiny; it is not deterministic for this disease," as Dr. Sekar Kathiresan puts it. While... More »

Is It Time to Test Toddlers' Cholesterol?

Researchers say absolutely

(Newser) - It's never too early for baby's first cholesterol test. Researchers believe all children between the ages of 1 and 2 should be screened for familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a genetic condition that drastically increases the risk of heart attacks under the age of 40, according to a press release... More »

More Bad News for Meat Eaters

Eggs are also bad news for people with peripheral artery disease

(Newser) - Red meat and eggs should be off the menu for people with peripheral artery disease, a narrowing of the arteries that affects an estimated 27 million people in North America and Europe, a new study shows. The culprit is TMAO, a chemical byproduct produced in the gut during the digestion... More »

Monkey Study Suggests a Heart-Transplant Alternative

Healthy stem cells help repair heart attack damage, raising hope for humans

(Newser) - How do you mend a broken heart? Stem cells. Or at least that's the hope after scientists successfully used lab-created heart muscle cells to partially repair damaged hearts in monkeys, Live Science reports. The healthy stem cells were easily absorbed into the damaged hearts and allowed the organ to... More »

Smoking Damages Our DNA— in Some Cases Permanently

But the vast majority of genes 'recover' within 5 years of quitting

(Newser) - Scientists are learning more about how smoking impacts our health all the way down to our genes, and experts say they're not terribly surprised by new findings that some of the changes to a smoker's DNA appear to be permanent, lingering even decades after the smoker quits, reports... More »

Sugar Industry Secretly Shaped Health Studies

According to analysis of newly uncovered documents

(Newser) - The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease—in part by pointing the finger at fat—as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents. The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group... More »

Traveling in Deep Space Is Bad for Your Heart

Apollo astronauts are much more likely to die of cardiovascular disease

(Newser) - Planning a trip to the moon? You might want to think about heart health first. According to a study published in Scientific Reports , travel in deep space dramatically raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Florida State University researchers looked at America's Apollo astronauts, who are the only people ever... More »

New Study Gives You Permission to Eat Butter

Researchers say it has no relation to heart disease and may reduce diabetes risk

(Newser) - We might all owe Paula Deen an apology. A study published this week in PLOS ONE finds no connection between eating butter and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, researchers found eating butter might actually make people slightly healthier by reducing the risk of diabetes. Researchers from... More »

Top 5 Causes of Death for Men, Women

Heart disease, cancer top both lists

(Newser) - Alzheimer's deaths are on the rise, according to the most recent data. An analysis of all US death certificates from 2014 shows deaths related to Alzheimer's spiked 10.5% over 2013 , per the Los Angeles Times . Such deaths still make up just 5% of deaths for women and... More »

45% of Heart Attacks May Go Unnoticed

But these silent heart attacks are still dangerous

(Newser) - Nearly half of all heart attacks go undetected by the person having them, according to new research from the American Heart Association . Even more worrisome: These so-called silent heart attacks are "as bad as" any other heart attack. NBC News reports people having silent heart attacks often think it'... More »

Study: Loneliness, Social Isolation Are Bad for Our Hearts

They may dramatically increase risk of heart attacks and strokes

(Newser) - Sgt. Pepper better have good insurance because—if its name is accurate—his Lonely Hearts Club Band has a dramatically increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. According to a study published Monday in Heart, people who feel lonely or are socially isolated have a 29% increase in risk of... More »

Mom's Insight May Lead to Heart Disease Treatment

Compound used to treat kids' rare disorder unclogs arteries, too

(Newser) - The unlikely use of a compound in powdered booze could ultimately help save millions of people from heart disease—and it was the mother of twin girls with a rare genetic disorder who first pitched the idea to scientists. The compound is called beta-cyclodextrin, which is already approved by the... More »

Vitamin D Helps Damaged Hearts

Patients who took supplements showed marked improvement

(Newser) - A new study makes the case that patients suffering from heart failure should consider taking vitamin D supplements daily. UK researchers who followed the progress of about 160 such patients found that the vitamin made a big difference in improving damaged hearts, reports the Telegraph . The researchers gave some patients... More »

Feeling Kind of Blue? Blame the Neanderthal In You

Neanderthal genetic variants are strongly linked to a dozen traits

(Newser) - It's long been known that the predecessors of modern humans and Neanderthals lived side by side, but it wasn't until 2010 that it was discovered the two species interbred . In fact, as much as 4% of the DNA of modern humans with European or Asian ancestry comes from... More »

More Proof Your Coffee Habit Is a Good Thing

3 to 5 cups per day slash your risk of death from several causes

(Newser) - Good news, coffee drinkers: You're less likely to die than those who steer clear of java. A new Harvard study finds regular coffee consumption not only boosts longevity but reduces your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and suicide. The study—based on surveys of more than 200,000 women... More »

Why We Shouldn't Sleep Late on Weekends

Changes in sleep patterns on days off can lead to health problems, says study

(Newser) - Do you wake up early for work on weekdays? Then we're afraid researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have some bad news for you: You should be waking up early on weekends, too. UPI reports that a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found changes... More »

In Their Hearts, Men, Women Age Differently

Heart disease may need to be treated differently in men and women

(Newser) - Even the hearts of men and women age differently, a finding that could have implications in treating heart disease. So report Johns Hopkins University researchers in the journal Radiology after they combed through the results of a longitudinal study following nearly 3,000 men and women for, on average, nearly... More »

New Blood Pressure Study Could Save Many Lives

Researchers say our blood pressure needs to be much lower

(Newser) - Today, federal health officials announced the "potentially lifesaving" results of a major study that could reduce the overall mortality rate of the United States, the New York Times reports. The study, which looked at 9,300 people over the age of 50, found that doctors aren't aiming low... More »

Bad News for Those Who Work 55+ Hours a Week

Stroke risk goes up the more you work, researchers say

(Newser) - If you're putting in more than 55 hours a week at work, the chances are good that you're working toward having a stroke, researchers say. A study involving more than 600,000 people found that people who work that many hours have a 33% higher stroke risk and... More »

5 Lifesaving Things to Know About Heart Attacks

Like why you should always call 911

(Newser) - With heart disease causing one of every seven American deaths, the New York Times today offers a few things to know about heart attacks—that could save your life:
  • Common symptoms: Chest pain, pressure, or squeezing is the most common symptom, but you might also experience abdominal pain, back pain,
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