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Pfizer’s quit smoking drug raises heart risks by 72 percent: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Healthy, middle-aged smokers who take Pfizer’s Chantix or Champix, one of the most popular quit-smoking drugs on the market, have a higher risk of suffering heart attacks or other serious heart problems, a study found on Monday. British and American scientists analyzed 14 clinical trials of Champix,…

Police: Sex offender dies while raping elderly woman

A 53-year-old man died of a suspected heart attack while in the act of raping a 77-year-old woman, police investigators in Tivoli, Texas said this week. Isabel Chavelo Gutierrez, 53 (pictured), smelled of alcohol when he climbed into bed with her and held a pocket knife to the woman’s throat,…

Raising ‘good’ cholesterol has little impact: Study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Raising the blood levels of good cholesterol does nothing to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients already taking statins to lower their bad cholesterol, a federally-funded study has determined. Scientists at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which led the study of some…

‘My bad’: Willie Nelson un-endorses Republican Gary Johnson

Willie Nelson has had a change of heart. The iconic country singer reportedly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson this week, but now he’s taking it all back. “Yesterday, both the Teapot Party and Gary Johnson 2012 sent out press releases announcing the endorsement,” wrote Teapot Party member Steve Bloom…

Mike Huckabee not running in 2012, ‘My heart says no’

In an announcement on his Fox News show tonight, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has said that he will not be running for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential race. Huckabee teased out the publicity around his decision for as long as he could, tiptoeing around the question in…

Embattled ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author hospitalized, cancels engagement

Greg Mortenson, co-author of the bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been hospitalized for heart surgery and has canceled a major speaking engagement in Massachusetts. Mortenson was scheduled to address the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ, but had to back out in order to undergo surgical repair of a…

New Orleans heart attack rate skyrockets post-Katrina: Study

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans residents were found to have three times the rate of heart attacks four years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina than before the storm and levee break that flooded the city, according to a study presented at a major heart meeting on Sunday. The three-fold increase had…

Yoga calms heart pace, cuts anxiety: study

NEW ORLEANS — People who suffer from irregular heartbeat could see their episodes cut in half if they do yoga regularly, according to a study released in the United States. Doing yoga three times a week also reduced depression and anxiety while boosting people’s opinion of their own social and…

Dirty air triggers more heart attacks than cocaine

LONDON (Reuters) – Air pollution triggers more heart attacks than using cocaine and poses as high a risk of sparking a heart attack as alcohol, coffee and physical exertion, scientists said on Thursday. Sex, anger, marijuana use and chest or respiratory infections and can also trigger heart attacks to different…

US beauty queen has crown, but no home

LOS ANGELES – A US beauty queen has become the latest victim of the economic downturn — she is homeless and faces losing her day job, months before vying to be crowned Miss USA. Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith and her mother have been living with a family friend since…

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