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Breakthrough in genetic engineering could advance study of arrhythmias and heart conduction
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed the first large animal model of an inherited arrhythmic syndrome - an advance that will lead to a better understanding of the biologic... (Medical News Today)

Have you been counted? Regeneron and Sanofi US join forces with leading cardiovascular organizations to raise awareness of cholesterol
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi US are collaborating with nationally-recognized patient and professional heart disease organizations to launch Cholesterol Counts, an awareness program... (Medical News Today)

FDA: study demonstrates potential for faster drug development
On December 12 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a full day Cardiac Safety Research Consortium (CSRC) meeting to release the results of the IQ-CSRC Study demonstrating the ability to... (Medical News Today)

College degrees lessen heart disease risk for Whites but not Blacks
When it comes to heart health, educational attainment, such as college and graduate degrees, appears to provide protection for Whites against inflammation - a marker of cardiovascular risk - while... (Medical News Today)

Mutations in GTPBP3 cause a mitochondrial translation defect associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and encephalopathy
Diseases of dysfunctional mitochondria (aka mitochondrial diseases) are relatively rare with prevalence of 1/2000-4000. (Medical News Today)

Controversial nitrite hypothesis confirmed
Understanding how nitrite can improve conditions such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke has been the object of worldwide research studies. (Medical News Today)

Migraine linked to increased risk of Bell's palsy
People with migraine may be twice as likely to develop Bell's palsy - a form of facial paralysis - than those who do not have migraine, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

High fitness levels reduce hypertension risk
Researchers have found that individuals with high levels of physical fitness are less likely to develop high blood pressure in a new study. (Medical News Today)

Low-glycemic index carbohydrate diet does not improve cardiovascular risk factors, insulin resistance
In a study that included overweight and obese participants, those with diets with low glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate did not have improvements in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or... (Medical News Today)

Study highlights ability to deal with a potential side effect of healthspan extending drugs
Senescent cells have a bad-guy reputation when it comes to aging. While cellular senescence - a process whereby cells permanently lose the ability to divide when they are stressed - suppresses cancer... (Medical News Today)

Cardiac arrhythmias reduced by thyroid hormones in rat model
Rats that received thyroid hormones had a reduced risk for dangerous heart arrhythmias following a heart attack, according to a new study by a team of medical researchers at New York Institute of... (Medical News Today)

Older people who feel younger than their actual age live longer
New research has found an association between having a self-perceived age younger than chronological age and lower rates of mortality. (Medical News Today)

Yoga comparable with walking, biking to improve cardiovascular risk
Researchers from the US and Netherlands find that yoga may provide the same cardiovascular disease risk factor reduction as traditional activities such as biking or brisk walking. (Medical News Today)

Age at first menstrual cycle linked to heart disease, stroke risk
Women who began menstruation at age 10 or younger or at age 17 or older may be at increased risk of heart disease, stroke and hypertension later in life, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Most patients don't get counseling about sex after heart attack
Most patients don't receive counseling about resuming sexual activity after having a heart attack, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. (Medical News Today)

Medtronic receives FDA approval and launches two new cardiac resynchronization therapy quadripolar leads
Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and commercial launch of two additional Attain Performa® left ventricular (LV) quadripolar leads, which can be... (Medical News Today)

Link between low blood glucose and cardiovascular events revealed
A study involving scientists from the University of Leicester has established a link between hypoglycaemia and increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality in patients with diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Sudden cardiac arrest during sports: how can the risk be reduced?
Time and again, the topic of sudden cardiac death grabs the public's attention when football stars or other top athletes collapse from cardiac arrest in front of the live cameras. (Medical News Today)

Preventing doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity could improve chemotherapy outcomes, reduce heart failure risk
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have identified two compounds that appear, in cellular and animal models, to block the cardiac damage caused by the important chemotherapy drug... (Medical News Today)

Mutations in APOA5 gene found to increase blood triglycerides and heart attack risk
A team of investigators from the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and other leading biomedical research institutions has pinpointed rare mutations in a gene called APOA5 that increase... (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of magnesium?
Find out about the potential health benefits of magnesium including decreasing risk of osteoporosis, improving insulin sensitivity in diabetics and lowering risk of hypertension. (Medical News Today)

In patients with BRCA1/2 mutations, common chemotherapy not found to be heart toxic
Use of anthracycline-based chemotherapy, a common treatment for breast cancer, has negligible cardiac toxicity in women whose tumors have BRCA1/2 mutations -- despite preclinical evidence that such... (Medical News Today)

Changing the lifestyle of cardiac patients after surgery keeps them healthy longer
Managing the underlying cardiac risk factors of patients treated for atrial fibrillation drastically improves long-term survival rates, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

BPA: The American Chemistry Council issues response to study published in the American Heart Association journal
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding a study published by Sanghyuk Bae and Yun-Chul Hongl in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension, entitled... (Medical News Today)

Health care gaps narrow as more patients of all races receive recommended treatment, study finds
Racial and ethnic disparities in the quality of U.S. hospital care for patients with heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia shrank considerably between 2005 and 2010, as more patients of all... (Medical News Today)

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