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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…

Medical task force says Vitamin E and beta-carotene are no help for heart disease or cancer

In yet another blow to the $28 billion vitamin industry, a US task force on Monday urged against taking Vitamin E and beta-carotene to ward off heart disease or cancer. The latest guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force update the 2003 edition by adding Vitamin E to beta-carotene,…

Heart disease and stroke top health issues in Arab world: The Lancet

Heart disease and stroke have replaced infectious disease as the top causes of early death in the Arab world, tracking the West in a trend towards lifestyle disorders, The Lancet reported Monday. An international consortium of scientists compared the……

Stem cell treatment could repair heart damage

Patients with advanced heart disease who received an experimental stem cell therapy showed slightly improved heart function, researchers said at a major US cardiology conference on Saturday. The clinical trial involved 92 patients, with an average age of 63, who were picked at random to get either a placebo or…

Red meat boosts risk of dying young: study

WASHINGTON — Eating a portion of processed red meat daily can boost a person’s risk of dying young by up to 20 percent, said a long-running US study of more than 120,000 people released on Monday. While the research by Harvard University experts offers more evidence that eating red meat…

Lifetime heart risks are higher than thought: study

WASHINGTON — A person’s lifetime risk of getting heart disease may be much higher than previously thought, according to a major US study published on Wednesday. A single risk factor — such as smoking, having diabetes, high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol — can significantly boost one’s likelihood of having…

Tall? That may be good news for your heart, study says

(Reuters) – Tall men appear less likely than shorter ones to develop heart failure, according to a study covering thousands of U.S. doctors. Researchers in Boston said that while there is no proof that a few extra centimeters protect the heart, it was possible that short and tall people are…

‘Murder’ knocked off list of top U.S. killers: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A respiratory illness that strikes the elderly knocked homicide off the list of the top killers in the United States for the first time in 45 years in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. In its annual report on U.S. mortality, the…

Owning car, TV linked to heart attacks: study

PARIS — Car owners with a television are 27 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than people who have neither, according to a global study on physical exercise and heart disease published Wednesday. More broadly, the study — covering more than 29,000 people in 52 countries — showed that…

Broken heart boosts risk of cardiac attacks: study

Grief over the death of a loved one can cause a huge spike in a person’s risk of heart attack, especially in the early days after the loss, said a US study on Monday. The research tracked nearly 2,000 adults who survived a heart attack and found that among those…

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