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What's Good for the Heart May Also Prevent Cancer

Posted 18 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 18 – Seven healthy lifestyle tips recommended by heart experts reduce not only the risk of heart disease but also cancer, a new study finds. Adopting all seven of the factors from the American Heart Association can reduce the risk of developing cancer by more than 50 percent. Moreover, the benefits are cumulative, with cancer risk declining with each additional recommendation followed, the researchers said. "These findings aren't surprising, given that many elements, like having a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking, are known to reduce the risk of cancer," said lead researcher Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, an assistant professor in the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. "We thought it was important to demonstrate that adherence to these goals as a whole is significantly associated with a lower risk of ... Read more

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Drug May Ease Angina in People With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 10 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 10 – The drug Ranexa (ranolazine) may help reduce chest pain in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. The drug is approved in the United States for treatment of chronic angina (chest pain), but this is the first study to evaluate it in patients with diabetes, heart disease and angina, according to the researchers. One expert not connected to the study said the findings are welcome news for patients. The study "demonstrates that ranolazine is very effective in reducing angina in those with type 2 diabetes and, interestingly, is more effective in those with higher blood sugars," said Dr. Howard Weintraub, clinical associate professor in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. People with diabetes are at increased risk for heart disease, and people with heart disease and diabetes are more likely to have angina than those without ... Read more

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Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Posted 7 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 7 – For adults, losing teeth is bad enough, but tooth loss is also associated with several risk factors for heart disease, a large international study suggests. These heart disease-related risk factors include diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and smoking. For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 16,000 people in 39 countries who provided information about their remaining number of teeth and the frequency of gum bleeds. About 40 percent of the participants had fewer than 15 teeth and 16 percent had no teeth, while 25 percent reported gum bleeds. For every decrease in the number of teeth, there was an increase in the levels of a harmful enzyme that promotes inflammation and hardening of the arteries. The study authors also noted that along with fewer teeth came increases in other heart disease risk markers, including "bad" LDL cholesterol levels and ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Early Heart Disease, Study Finds

Posted 7 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 7 – The more you're exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, the more likely you are to develop early signs of heart disease, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that exposure to secondhand smoke may be more dangerous than previously thought, according to the researchers. For the study, the investigators looked at nearly 3,100 healthy people, aged 40 to 80, who had never smoked and found that 26 percent of those exposed to varying levels of secondhand smoke – as an adult or child, at work or at home – had signs of coronary artery calcification, compared to 18.5 percent of the general population. Those who reported higher levels of secondhand smoke exposure had the greatest evidence of calcification, a build-up of calcium in the artery walls. After taking other heart risk factors into account, the researchers concluded that people exposed to low, moderate or high ... Read more

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Steer Clear of 'Miracle Cures,' Other Bogus Health Products: FDA

Posted 6 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 6 – Fraudulent health products are commonplace and can cause serious injury or even death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These products prey on people's desires for easy solutions to difficult health problems and often make claims related to weight loss, sexual performance, memory loss and serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. Besides wasting your money, use of these products can cause serious harm or even death. "Using unproven treatments can delay getting a potentially life-saving diagnosis and medication that actually works," Gary Coody, the FDA's national health fraud coordinator, said in an agency news release. "Also, fraudulent products sometimes contain hidden drug ingredients that can be harmful when unknowingly taken by consumers." "Health fraud is a pervasive problem, especially when ... Read more

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Eating Out Can Hurt Heart Health, Expert Warns

Posted 28 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 – Eating out can lead to weight gain and increase people's risk for heart disease, diabetes and other serious health issues because popular menu items often have more fat, calories and saturated fat than meals typically prepared at home. That's according to an expert from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and it's particularly worrisome since a LivingSocial Dining Out Survey revealed Americans eat out, on average, four to five times each week. "When you combine weight gain and the poor eating habits that can come along with dining out, it could be a recipe for disaster for your heart health," Jody Gilchrist, nurse practitioner at the UAB Heart & Vascular Clinic at Acton Road, said in a university news release. "If you eat out enough and are not careful about what you eat, you could be looking at metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that raises your risk ... Read more

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Exercise Safety Tips for People With Heart Disease

Posted 25 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 23 – People with heart disease who want to exercise should first get the OK from their doctor and then follow certain health and safety measures, according to the American Council on Exercise. Every exercise session should include at least a five-minute warm-up and five-minute cool-down, which reduces the risk of oxygen deprivation to the heart in response to sudden physical effort or an abrupt end to exercise, the council advised in a recent news release. Do moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, for at least 30 minutes on most – and preferably all – days of the week. People with heart disease need to closely monitor their exercise intensity and stay within their individual heart-rate zone, which is typically determined from a treadmill test conducted under the supervision of a doctor. Be cautious about doing vigorous exercise. If you plan to start a ... Read more

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Too Much Sitting Linked to Chronic Health Problems

Posted 21 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 – People who spend hours each day without getting up and moving around should take heed: A new study suggests that the more people sit each day, the greater their risk for chronic health problems, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Researchers from Australia and Kansas State University said their findings have implications for office workers, truck drivers and other people who regularly sit for long periods of time. To reduce the risk of chronic disease, the study authors concluded that people should sit less, and move more. "We know that with very high confidence that more physically active people do better with regard to chronic disease compared with less physically active people, but we should also be looking at reducing sitting," Richard Rosenkranz, assistant professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, said in a university news release. "A ... Read more

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FDA Should Work to Cut Sugar Levels in Sodas, Experts Say

Posted 13 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 – A leading consumer advocacy group, along with nutrition experts and health agencies from a number of U.S. cities, are calling for lowering the amount of sugars added to soft drinks. Led by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the group on Wednesday sent a petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to determine safe levels of high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars in sodas and assorted soft drinks. Currently, the average 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugars made from high-fructose corn syrup, the CSPI said. The American Heart Association currently recommends that men consume no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugars daily, and women no more than 6 teaspoons' worth. Some 14 million Americans of all ages now get more than one-third of their calories from added sugars, the petition stated. ... Read more

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Calcium Supplements May Raise Odds of Heart Death in Women

Posted 12 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 – Women eating a high-calcium diet and taking calcium supplements adding up to more than 1,400 milligrams a day may be running nearly twice the risk of dying from heart disease, a large Swedish study suggests. Both men and women take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss. The new findings come on the heels of another recent study that found a similar increased risk of death related to calcium intake among men. "Many older adults increase dietary intake of calcium or take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss and there had been speculation that increased calcium intake with or without vitamin D could improve cardiovascular health," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, an American Heart Association spokesman who wasn't involved in the study. However, a number of recent studies have suggested that higher dietary intake or calcium supplementation may not only not improve ... Read more

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Calcium Supplements May Raise Men's Death Risk From Heart Disease

Posted 4 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 4 – Men taking calcium supplements may be running a nearly 20 percent increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Both men and women take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss. In this study of calcium intake, the risk of dying from heart disease was higher for men but not for women. "Increasing evidence indicates that too much supplemental calcium might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease," said Susanna Larsson, an associate professor at the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm. Larsson, who was not part of the study but wrote an accompanying journal editorial, added that "the paradigm 'the more the better' seems invalid for calcium supplementation." The report was published in the Feb. 4 online edition of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. To find out if calcium supplements were ... Read more

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Belly Fat May Raise Odds of Early Death for Thin Heart Patients

Posted 31 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 31 – For people with heart disease, waist size may better predict risk of early death than overall weight, a new study finds. Researchers found that normal-weight heart patients who have belly fat have worse survival odds than obese people whose excess pounds are concentrated in their thighs and buttocks. The findings suggest that heart doctors should consider weight distribution rather than simply body mass index (BMI) – a measurement based on height and weight – when assessing a patient's risk, the study authors say. "Among people with coronary disease, those with the highest mortality are actually those with normal weight who have a central distribution of fat," said lead researcher Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "In people with heart disease, BMI is a terrible way to assess risk," he added. Fat that ... Read more

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More Evidence Ties Heart Disease to Mental Decline

Posted 28 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 28 – Researchers have yet again tied heart disease and poor circulation to mental declines in older people, especially women. The new study, published online Jan. 28 in the journal JAMA Neurology, looked at early signs of mental decline that might predict later dementia. Researchers led by Rosebud Roberts of the Mayo Clinic examined the cardiovascular and mental health of 1,450 people, aged 70 to 89. They found that nearly one-fourth of the patients developed what is known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) over an average of four years of follow-up. People with MCI have memory or other thinking problems but do not have full-blown dementia. There are different subtypes of MCI, some of which involve memory loss and some of which do not. In the new study, the Mayo team found that a history of heart disease was strongly associated with a form of MCI that involves poorer ... Read more

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High BPA Levels in Kids Linked to Risk for Heart, Kidney Damage: Study

Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9 – According to a new study, there are signs that elevated levels of the plastics chemical bisphenol A in children's urine are associated with an increased risk of heart and kidney disease. Bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used in consumer products, including as an internal covering in aluminum food cans. Research has suggested that BPA disrupts human metabolism. In this study, researchers at the New York University School of Medicine analyzed data from more than 700 children and teens aged 6 to 19 who participated in the 2009-2010 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The data included levels of BPA and a protein called albumin in the participants' urine. The presence of albumin in urine is a sign of kidney damage. Children and teens with the highest BPA levels in their urine had a higher albumin-to-creatinine ratio than those with the lowest BPA levels. A ... Read more

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Inconsistency Seen in Safety Labeling for Generic Drugs

Posted 21 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 21 – More than two-thirds of generic drugs in the United States have safety warning labels that differ from the equivalent brand-name drugs, a new study finds. These labels break U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations that require generic drugs to carry warnings that are identical to those on brand-name drugs. Researchers reviewed more than 9,000 product labels for more than 1,500 drugs listed on DailyMed, a website about drug-labeling information that is maintained by the FDA and the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Of more than 1,000 generic drugs, 68 percent had some discrepancies in their safety labeling. Most had small differences in their labels compared to brand-name drugs, but 9 percent had differences of more than 10 side effects. Other labeling errors included out-of-date information, incomplete data and, in one case, information for another drug, ... Read more

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