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New U.S. guidelines could put most Americans on cholesterol-lowering drugs

Nearly every male and most women over 55 could fall under new US guidelines for who should take cholesterol lowering drugs, researchers said Saturday, stirring fresh controversy in the medical world. If applied to a group of 5,000 otherwise healthy people over that age in The Netherlands, 96 percent of…

Evangelical group that claims to resurrect the dead hunts for more corpses

A Washington-based evangelical ministry is seeking corpses to pray over to test their ability to raise the dead. Dead Raising Team is the subject of a new documentary, Deadraisers, that chronicles their efforts to follow the admonition in Matthew 10:8: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have…

Gay heart attack patient says Catholic priest refused him last rites

WASHINGTON — A gay man who suffered a heart attack and was treated at Washington, D.C.’s Hospital Center said that a priest refused to give him last rites after he said he was gay, a new Washington Blade report reveals. The man, Ronald Plishka, 63, suffered a heart attack Feb. 6 and didn’t…

Stuntman dies attempting to zipline over river by his hair

A famed Hindu stuntman stunned a crowd of more than 1,000 people on Sunday as he died while attempting to zipline over India’s Teesta river, getting stuck and apparently suffering a heart attack mid-way through his attempt. 48-year-old Sailendra Nath Roy was known for performing feats of strength with his…

Intense heart attack pain could actually help patients, researchers say

Scientists say that when morphine is used to relieve pain it blocks the healing work of stem cells The intense pain of a heart attack could actually help patients, researchers have discovered. They have found that during an attack – when a blood clot blocks an artery that is serving…

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika unconscious after heart attack

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika, 78, was unconscious in hospital Thursday after suffering a heart attack, a medical source said. “He had a cardiac arrest, he is still unconscious since 9:00 am (0700 GMT),” a senior official at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe said on condition of anonymity. Mutharika, a…

Too much or too little sleep linked to heart problems: study

People who sleep less than six hours per night or more than eight are more likely to suffer heart problems than people who sleep between six and eight hours, according to a US study. The findings confirm those in previous, smaller studies, but are based on what researchers described as…

Heart attack with no chest pain more likely in women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women, especially younger women, are more likely than men to show up at the hospital with no chest pain or discomfort after having a heart attack, a new study suggests. Those symptoms, or lack of symptoms, can result in delayed medical care and differences in…

Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but a new study suggests that people who drink it every day have a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke. The study, which followed almost 2,600 older adults for a decade, found that those who drank diet soda…

Man has heart attack while eating ‘Triple Bypass Burger’

A restaurant called “The Heart Attack Grilled” finally earned its name on Saturday when a customer eating one of their Triple Bypass Burgers had a cardiac arrest. “At the time of the incident I was performing bypass procedures on other patients,” restaurant owner Jon Basso told Raw Story. “My ‘head’…

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