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Some SSRI Antidepressants Associated With Serious Heart Arrhythmia Risk
2013-01-30 09:47:04

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), have been found to pose a small but serious risk on users´ hearts, according to new research. These drugs, which include citalopram and escitalopram, have been found to trigger a disturbance in QT interval (the duration of electrical activity of the heart muscle) heart rhythms. The research, published today in the British Medical Journal, supports...

2012-06-26 11:50:07

Genetic researchers have made an important step towards resolving the mystery of the causes of intrauterine fetal demise (IUFD), or stillbirth, where a baby dies in the womb after the 14th week of gestation. IUFD is responsible for 60% of perinatal mortality and occurs in about one in every two hundred pregnancies in Europe. Up to half of these stillbirths are unexplained. Now scientists from Italy, Germany, and the US have found that up to 8% of these unexplained deaths may be caused by...

2012-05-31 05:22:27

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- 250,000 people in the U.S. die from sudden cardiac arrest every year. Now, a genetic variant in a cardiac protein could be linked to heart rhythm dysfunction. The gene identified by Vivek Singh, PhD, from the University of Cincinnati and colleagues is the first genetic variant in a calcium-binding protein found to be associated with ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in dilated cardiomyopathy patients. Dialiated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which...

2012-03-02 05:54:46

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- What if reconstructing your family tree could possibly help save your life? A study by Dutch researchers have estimated the death risk for people who have inherited heart rhythm disorders by looking at family trees dating back to 1811. The family trees revealed the risk for sudden cardiac death increases for people who carry rare genes and have symptoms of fainting. Before this study was conducted, the risk in people who carry this gene was uncertain because they...

2012-02-29 10:31:13

Reconstructing family trees dating back to 1811, Dutch researchers have estimated the death risk for people with inherited heart rhythm disorders, according to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, a journal of the American Heart Association. Heart rhythm disorders can result in sudden cardiac death in apparently healthy people because of severe disturbances in the rhythm of the heart. The risk is high for people who carry one of these rare genes and have symptoms such as...

Cardiac Death Controlled By Circadian Clock
2012-02-23 05:49:51

Researchers have discovered a new link between the time of day and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Abnormal heart rhythms are the most common cause of sudden cardiac death, which happens most often in the morning hours, followed by a smaller peak during the evening hours. This phenomenon has been observed for years but doctors are just now beginning to understand the molecular reason. The researchers found that Krupple-like Factor 15 (KLF15) links the body´s circadian rhythm to the...

2011-12-15 10:17:17

Poets might scoff at the notion that heart and brain are closely related, but scientists led by those at Baylor College of Medicine say a genetic defect that affects the brain can stop a heart. In a study published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, BCM researchers and colleagues found that heart problems that occur in nearly 20 percent of children with Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder, originate because the Rett gene (MeCP2) is lost in nerve cells — not in...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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