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Telemedicine effective in delivering international cardiac care, children's hospital study shows
After studying more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America through telemedicine, researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC found that physicians in those... (Medical News Today)

Heart patients in England and Wales offered more choice of therapies as NICE extends recommendations for prasugrel
Revised guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), recommends once-daily, oral antiplatelet prasugrel (Efient®), in combination with aspirin, as a... (Medical News Today)

Southampton heart patients use world's first mobile pacemaker station
Heart patients in Southampton are the first in the world to use a new mobile station to assess their pacemakers without the need for a nurse, doctor or visit to hospital. (Medical News Today)

Worse outcomes continue for young women with heart attack
While awareness campaigns may be getting women to go to the hospital more quickly during a heart-attack, a new look at hospital data shows women have longer hospital stays and are more likely than... (Medical News Today)

IL-10 helps stop host rejection of allogenic smooth muscle cells after myocardial infarction
Interleukin-10 aids survival of cells transplanted to repair cardiac tissues after MIThe long-term, positive benefits of transplanted allogenic (other-donated) smooth muscle cells (SMCs) to... (Medical News Today)

New target for radiation therapy: study suggests cancer treatment may offer hope against heart disease
Most often used for treatment of cancer, radiation therapy may offer a promising new noninvasive alternative treatment for the millions of Americans whose high blood pressure doesn't respond to... (Medical News Today)

Older people with previous stroke or vascular disease at higher risk of stroke after heart surgery
Older people who have had strokes or who have vascular disease are at risk of stroke both immediately after cardiac surgery and during the following two years, according to a new study in CMAJ... (Medical News Today)

The cardiovascular benefit of aspirin may be modified by genetic variations
Aspirin is the gold standard for antiplatelet therapy and a daily low-dose aspirin is widely prescribed for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Could consuming probiotics help lower blood pressure?
A new study by Australian researchers suggests regular probiotic consumption may do more than promote a healthy gut; it could help reduce and regulate blood pressure. (Medical News Today)

Simulated human heart used to test drugs' effects
By using samples of beating heart tissue, a scientist in the UK has developed a way to test a new drug's effects on the heart without using animal or human trials. (Medical News Today)

Calorie restriction with resveratrol key to kick-starting cell health
As cells age, damaged proteins and lipids accumulate within them. Impaired cell parts can send free radicals into the body, and dysfunctional proteins and lipids may break down DNA within cells... (Medical News Today)

Niacin for cholesterol now linked to death risk, dangerous side effects and no benefits
After 50 years of being a mainstay cholesterol therapy, niacin should no longer be prescribed for most patients due to potential increased risk of death, dangerous side effects and no benefit in... (Medical News Today)

Keeping the heart in breast cancer treatment
Breast cancer awareness campaigns stress the importance of "saving the breasts" - but what about saving the heart? (Medical News Today)

Lack of rehab programs leaves cardiac patients underserved globally
Rehabilitation programs must become an integral part of cardiac care to significantly reduce the burden of living with heart disease, one of the most common chronic diseases and causes of death... (Medical News Today)

Childhood sexual abuse linked to early sign of atherosclerosis
A new study finds that women who have a history of sexual abuse in childhood may be more likely to have an early sign of atherosclerosis in midlife. (Medical News Today)

Decrease in HIV death rates from some causes
HIV-positive adults in high-income countries face a reduced risk of death from AIDS-related causes, cardiovascular disease and liver disease, compared with a decade ago. (Medical News Today)

Scientists create 'biological pacemakers' by transplanting gene into hearts
Cardiologists have injected laboratory pigs that had complete heart block with a gene that turned heart cells into a biological pacemaker to regulate the heart's beating. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 selected highlights
START therapy reduces anxiety and depression in dementia carersA new study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 shows that eight sessions of psychological... (Medical News Today)

Could being overweight benefit our health?
There are numerous health problems associated with being overweight. But two new studies suggest that overweight and obesity may be beneficial, particularly for the heart. (Medical News Today)

Study finds a 20-year decline in stroke risk and death rates
After 2 decades of better control of risk factors, researchers find that stroke rates for Americans have declined. And those who do have a stroke have a better chance of surviving. (Medical News Today)

Antihypertensive and antioxidant activity in black beans
Beans are one of the most important crops for the Mexican population due to its nutritional qualities. (Medical News Today)

Many at-risk heart disease patients lack guidance on beneficial aspirin treatment
A daily low dose of aspirin can offer important protection against cardiovascular disease, but University of Florida researchers say that the people who could receive the most benefit from the... (Medical News Today)

Risk for atrial fibrillation may be increased by moderate alcohol use
Even in moderation, consumption of wine and hard liquor may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, an abnormally fast heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure and dementia, according to... (Medical News Today)

Weight advice not provided by health providers of obese US firefighters
Obese and overweight firefighters are not receiving weight management advice from their health care providers, according to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston... (Medical News Today)

Could 'reading faces' improve rapid diagnosis of heart and lung problems?
Research suggests that patients with serious cardiopulmonary conditions have a reduced range of facial expressions and understanding these may help doctors to make rapid diagnoses. (Medical News Today)

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