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Paper Claims Sugar Industry Quashed Unfavorable Research

International Sugar Research Foundation says 1968 study was over budget and delayed

(Newser) - Just as the tobacco industry aimed to quash evidence of health risks linked to smoking, a new paper claims the Sugar Research Foundation decades ago suppressed research on the sugar's negative effects. The assertion comes via University of California at San Francisco researchers who reviewed internal sugar industry documents,... More »

Congratulations, Sex Probably Won't Give You a Heart Attack

Risk of sudden cardiac arrest from sex is 'very small,' but CPR could save lives

(Newser) - Many men with heart disease fear that having sex could kill them, but new research shows the danger is slight. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute reported Sunday at an American Heart Association conference that only one in every 100 cases of sudden cardiac arrest in men occurred after sexual activity.... More »

Surprising Implications for Stent Patients in New Study

Placebo effect might come into play more than previously realized: researchers

(Newser) - "All cardiology guidelines should be revised," according to one doctor, based on new study results some experts are calling "unbelievable": Heart stents, inserted in hundreds of thousands of patients per year to relieve chest pain, don't appear to actually relieve the pain. Researchers looked at 200... More »

CPR Student Saves Teacher Having a Heart Attack

David Knowles would have likely died without speedy help

(Newser) - David Knowles was leading a class on CPR when he suddenly felt weak and dizzy. As the retired UK nurse lay on the floor, he realized he had little time to tell his students what to do before he passed out, the BBC reports. The group "had asked for... More »

More Bad News on Yo-Yo Dieting

People with coronary heart disease have something else to worry about

(Newser) - Losing weight is one thing, keeping it off quite another. And now researchers are finding that among those with coronary heart disease (CHD)—which the Mayo Clinic reports develops from damaged or diseased blood vessels typically caused by blockage and inflammation—yo-yo dieting may dramatically increase the risk of stroke,... More »

Too Much Bacon, Not Enough Nuts Linked to Deaths

We're not eating enough of the 'good' foods, study says

(Newser) - Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of US deaths from these causes, the study suggests. "Good" foods... More »

Mystery of George Michael's Death Is Brought to a Close

Coroner says it was natural causes, brought on by heart disease and a fatty liver

(Newser) - What was once deemed "inconclusive" has now arrived at a conclusion, though that conclusion may be cold comfort to fans, friends, and family. Early autopsy results on George Michael couldn't peg what caused his Christmas Day death , but on Tuesday, a UK coroner announced the 53-year-old singer had... More »

There's a New Recommended Daily Quota for Fruits, Veggies

Study says eating 10 servings could slash risk of premature death, disease

(Newser) - If you've struggled to meet the World Health Organization's five-a-day fruits and veggies recommendation , you may want to reassess your consumption strategy. An Imperial College London study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that doubling the current suggestion to 10 servings a day could stave... More »

Pregnant Doctor Succumbs to Rare Disease

She died unexpectedly in her final month of pregnancy

(Newser) - A doctor in her final month of pregnancy with her third child was unwittingly suffering from a rare complication of pregnancy called peripartum cardiomyopathy, or PPCM. It's a form of heart failure that weakens the heart chambers and, in the most serious cases, can be fatal, explains the Houston ... More »

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 »

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