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2013-07-24 12:15:43

An analysis of data from three studies that involved a total of more than 240,000 participants found that a self-reported history of kidney stones was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of coronary heart disease among women but no significant association was evident for men, according to a study in the July 24/31 issue of JAMA. "Nephrolithiasis [kidney stones] is a common condition, with the prevalence varying by age and sex. A recent estimate from the National...

2013-07-03 11:05:22

"Cigarette smoking is an important cause of cardiovascular disease, and smoking cessation reduces the risk. However, weight gain after smoking cessation may increase the risk of diabetes and weaken the benefit of quitting," write Juhua Luo, Ph.D., of the Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington, Ind., and colleagues. As reported in a Research Letter, the authors used data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) to assess the association between smoking cessation, weight...

2012-08-23 00:34:12

Being overweight is the most important single contributing factor The authors say further efforts to tackle these risk factors, particularly excess weight, among disadvantaged groups are urgently needed. The burden of type 2 diabetes disproportionally affects the lower socioeconomic groups in society. Lifestyle related risk factors are thought to play a key role, but previous studies have tended to underestimate their effect. So an international team of researchers set out to measure...

2012-08-22 12:45:20

In a comparison of novel cardiovascular risk markers, coronary artery calcium, ankle-brachial index, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and family history were independent predictors of coronary heart disease/cardiovascular disease in intermediate-risk individuals beyond traditional risk factors, with coronary artery calcium providing superior discrimination and risk reclassification compared with other risk markers, according to a study in the August 22/29 issue of JAMA. "Current trends...

2012-06-08 23:03:28

Daily helpings of red meat–especially processed red meats like cold cuts and hot dogs–can shorten life. Better choices include fish, poultry, nuts, beans, and other healthy sources of protein. Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012 New research from the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that daily helpings of red meat–especially processed red meats like cold cuts and hot dogs–can shorten life. If that's the case, what are better choices for getting protein? The...

2012-03-26 22:11:20

Many women unaware of heart disease risk factors, study finds Simple screening implemented in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) clinics may identify previously undetected heart disease risk among women and has the potential to greatly increase education about prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in female patients, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session. The Scientific Session, the premier cardiovascular...

2012-03-15 23:21:54

Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption has been consistently associated with lower risk of heart disease, but data for stroke are less certain, especially among women. A total of 83,578 female participants of the Nurses' Health Study who were free of diagnosed cardiovascular disease and cancer at baseline were followed-up from 1980 to 2006. Data on self-reported alcohol consumption were assessed at baseline and updated approximately every 4 years, whereas stroke and potential confounder...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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