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Severely Obese Kids at Higher Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Children who are severely obese, especially boys, have risk factors that increase their odds of getting heart disease and diabetes, new research finds. "As the severity of obesity in kids gets worse, their risks for heart disease and diabetes goes up," said study author Asheley Skinner, an associate professor of pediatrics and health policy management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Children who are the most obese, she said, are twice as likely to have some of the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes as the mildly obese. The fact that the doubling of risk came from a comparison to mildly obese children, not normal-weight kids, is especially concerning, she said. The study is published Oct. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Severe obesity is on the rise among U.S. children and young adults, according to background ... Read more

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More Evidence High-Fiber, Mediterranean Diet Is Good for You

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TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Numerous studies have extolled the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Now, research suggests the regimen may also boost levels of beneficial fatty acids. These so-called "short chain fatty acids" are produced by bacteria in the intestine during fermentation of insoluble fiber from fruits, vegetables and legumes. The fatty acids are believed to provide a number of health benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and inflammatory diseases, an Italian team reports in the Sept. 29 issue of the journal Gut. "We provide here tangible evidence of the impact of a healthy diet and a Mediterranean dietary pattern," wrote the team led by Danilo Ercolini, a professor of microbiology at the University of Naples in Italy. The study of 153 Italian adults found higher levels of short chain fatty acids in vegans, vegetarians and those who closely ... Read more

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Sedentary Behavior Linked to Heart Disease in Hispanics

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MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Hispanics who are inactive much of the time are at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, even if they get regular exercise, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 Hispanic adults in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego. Compared to those who were most physically active, adults who were most inactive had: 6 percent lower levels of "good" HDL cholesterol; 16 percent higher levels of triglycerides, a fat associated with plaque buildup in the arteries; and a 29 percent higher measure of insulin resistance, often a precursor to diabetes. The more inactive they were, the greater the participants' heart disease and diabetes risk. Those at highest risk were inactive more than 13 hours a day. The link between high levels of inactivity and heart disease and diabetes risk factors was evident even if people met recommended ... Read more

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Sweetened Drinks May Damage Heart, Review Finds

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MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages can seriously damage heart health, a new review finds. The added sugar in sodas, fruit drinks, sweet teas and energy drinks affects the body in ways that increase risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke, said review author Vasanti Malik, a nutrition research scientist at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Consuming one or two servings a day of sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to a 35 percent greater risk of heart attack or fatal heart disease, a 16 percent increased risk of stroke and as much as a 26 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the report concluded. "Reducing the consumption of these drinks, it's not going to solve the heart disease epidemic, but it's one step that can have a measurable impact," Malik said. "It's not the only thing that needs to be ... Read more

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More Evidence Daily Aspirin May Fight Colon Cancer, Other Gastro Tumors

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MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Millions of Americans already take a low-dose daily aspirin to help shield their hearts. Now, a new study suggests the same inexpensive pill might extend survival for patients battling cancers of the gastrointestinal tract – including tumors of the colon and esophagus. "Given that aspirin is a cheap, off-patent drug with relatively few side effects, this will have a great impact on health care systems as well as patients," study lead author Dr. Martine Frouws, of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said in a news release from the European Cancer Congress (ECC). The study was presented Sunday in Vienna at the annual ECC meeting. One U.S. expert said the findings aren't surprising. "For many years, gastroenterologists and oncologists have known that aspirin can improve survival in certain types of hereditary colon cancer," said Dr. Arun ... Read more

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Childhood Trauma May Boost Heart Disease Risk for a Lifetime

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MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Experiencing high levels of mental stress at any point in life – even if only in childhood – may raise the risk for heart disease, stroke or diabetes in adulthood, a new study suggests. "The most striking and perhaps sobering finding in our study is that high levels of childhood distress predicted heightened adult disease risk, even when there was no evidence that these high levels of distress persisted into adulthood," said study author Ashley Winning, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "Greater attention must be paid to psychological distress in childhood," Winning said. "It is an important issue in its own right and may also set up a trajectory of risk of poor health as people age." The findings were reported online Sept. 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers tracked ... Read more

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Differences Found in Smokers, Nonsmokers Who Develop Lung Cancer

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SUNDAY, Sept. 27, 2015 – A new study has identified significant differences between lung cancer patients who smoke and those who don't. Smoking is the main risk factor for non-small cell lung cancer, but nonsmokers can get it too and rates of the disease among nonsmokers are rising in many countries, according to researchers at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Lisbon. The investigators compared more than 1,400 Portuguese patients with this type of lung cancer and found that nonsmokers were more likely than smokers to be women and to have adenocarcinoma, the most common form of non-small cell lung cancer. The nonsmokers were also less likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, previous cancer of the larynx, or weight loss, the results showed. In addition, nonsmokers lived about twice as long after diagnosis, an average of 51 months compared to 25 ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Depression

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FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for depression, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for their apnea may ease their depression, a new study suggests. The Australian study included 293 men and women who were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Nearly 73 percent had depression when the study began. The worse their apnea, the more severe their depression. However, after three months, only 4 percent of the 228 apnea patients who used CPAP for an average of at least five hours a night still had clinically significant symptoms of depression. At the start of the study, 41 patients reported thinking about harming themselves or feeling they would be better off dead. After three months of CPAP therapy, none of them had persistent suicidal thoughts. The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "Effective ... Read more

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Older Adults' Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Earlier Death

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THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – Older adults with impaired hearing may have a shorter life span than their peers without hearing problems, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 1,700 U.S. adults aged 70 and up, those with hearing loss were 21 percent to 39 percent more likely to die over the next several years. Experts stressed that the findings, published in the Sept. 24 online edition of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, do not prove that hearing impairment, itself, shortens people's lives. "This is an interesting observation, but it also needs to be taken with a grain of salt," said Dr. Ana Kim, director of otology research at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, in New York City, who was not involved in the research. "There are so many variables that go into mortality," she said. "It would be too simplistic to say this is because of hearing ... Read more

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Many Critically Ill Patients Lack 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders

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TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Most people who've survived a cardiac arrest in the hospital don't have "do not resuscitate" (DNR) orders, even if they have a poor prognosis, a new study reports. Fewer than one in four of all cardiac arrest patients had a DNR order prepared within 12 hours of their cardiac arrest, the study found. The numbers were only somewhat higher in patients with the worst prognosis even though their likelihood of recovery was very poor. A cardiac arrest "is a serious and life-altering event that should prompt adequate and informed decisions about prognosis and goals of care," said study lead author Dr. Timothy Fendler, a cardiology fellow at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo. "These results imply that there could be better alignment between prognosis and decisions that place the patient's wishes, safety and quality of life at the forefront." ... Read more

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Fruits, Veggies May Be Key to Keeping Unwanted Weight Off

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TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Want to eat healthy and keep your waistline trim? Try reaching for more fruits and non-starchy vegetables, new research suggests. A team of Harvard scientists looked at data on more than 133,000 American women and men who were followed for up to 24 years. After adjusting for other lifestyle factors such as smoking and physical activity, the researchers found that as daily intake of fruits and non-starchy vegetables went up, risks for excessive weight gain went down. However, consumption of starchy vegetables – foods such as potatoes, corn and peas – was linked with weight gain, says a team led by Monica Bertoia of the Harvard University School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston. The findings can't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. However, the study may "provide further food-specific guidance for the prevention of obesity, a ... Read more

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Beet Juice Boosts Muscle Power in Heart Patients

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MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – Beet juice, with its high concentration of nitrates, may help boost muscle strength among heart patients, a small study has found. Nitrates are processed into nitric oxide by the body, which helps relax blood vessels and improve metabolism. Dietary nitrate, found in beets and leafy greens like spinach, has been shown to boost muscle performance in elite athletes. Based on studies of elite athletes, especially cyclists who use beet juice to boost performance, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis tested the benefits of dietary nitrate among nine people with heart failure, a condition that causes the heart to gradually lose its pumping power. The patients were given concentrated beet juice. Two hours later, they showed a 13 percent power increase in muscles that extend the knee. The researchers also found the greatest benefit ... Read more

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Pregnancy Complications May Be Linked to Later Heart Disease

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MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – A complicated pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of dying from heart disease later in life, new research suggests. The risk is particularly high for women who've had more than one health problem during pregnancy, said senior study author Barbara Cohn, director of child health and development studies at the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, Calif. "We discovered there were some combinations of pregnancy complications that were associated with as much as a sevenfold increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease death," Cohn said. For example, the risk of fatal heart disease prior to age 60 doubled or even tripled in women who developed pre-eclampsia, a sudden increase in blood pressure late in pregnancy. But a woman's risk escalated six times if she developed pre-eclampsia on top of high blood pressure she already had earlier in her pregnancy, the ... Read more

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New Blood Test May Help Predict Heart Disease Risks in Obese Black Teens

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THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – A new blood test appears to help predict the risk for future heart disease among black teens struggling with obesity. The test was designed to measure changes in the T-cell status of obese teens. T-cells are a key component of the immune system, and increased T-cell activation reflects the kind of systemic inflammation that is often triggered by obesity, the researchers explained. Inflammation has been linked to heart disease, they added. A blood test trial involving both white and black teens revealed that obese black girls seem to be particularly prone to such increases in T-cell activity. Obese white boys and girls did not display a similar inflammatory response. The finding, along with the blood test itself, raises the prospect that clinicians may be better able to spot signs of impending heart disease long before it strikes. "Obesity in the formative ... Read more

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Researchers Pinpoint Genes Linked to Height, Heart Disease

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THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – Scientists report they have identified new genes associated with height, heart disease risk and regulation of the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Scientists made the discoveries using advanced whole-genome sequencing technology. Their results were published online Sept. 14 in the journal Nature Genetics. The SardiNIA study, which began in 2001, is a partnership between the U.S. National Institute on Aging, the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research of the Italian Research Council and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The goal of the research is to pinpoint genes associated with diseases and other traits. Originally, the study examined about 2.5 million common genetic variants. But advances in sequencing technology enabled the researchers to analyze more than 17 million gene variants and their association with various health issues. ... Read more

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