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FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods

Posted 2 days 5 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Americans eat way too much salt, and one reason why is that processed and prepared foods have a lot of hidden salt, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. But proposed new guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants – first announced early in June – may change that. The FDA is asking food makers and eating establishments to voluntarily reduce salt levels in their products to help reduce Americans' high salt intake. The draft guidelines target these sources of salt with the goal of reducing Americans' average daily salt intake from 3,400 milligrams (mg) a day to 2,300 mg a day. "It's no easy task for consumers to consume the recommended amount of sodium in their diets," Susan Mayne, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in an agency news release. "We want to help reduce the amount of sodium across the entire food supply ... Read more

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Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2016 – What if you could live well into your 90s and still be in good health? A new study suggests that may be possible, particularly if you have good genes. "Chronic disease is not an inevitable part of aging," said Dr. Sofiya Milman, an assistant professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "An extended period of good health can accompany a long life span and is an achievable goal." Milman is one of the authors of a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded study on aging. Americans are living longer than ever. In 2014, the average life expectancy at birth had reached nearly 79 years, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. A century earlier, it was just slightly over 54 years. But gains in "health span – the period of time that people live in good health – have not kept pace with longevity, the study ... Read more

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9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important. "The study confirms that hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor in all regions, and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally," said study co-leader Dr. Martin O'Donnell. He is an associate clinical professor in the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and the HRB-Clinical Research Facility in Galway, Ireland. Preventing strokes is a major public health priority and strategies for reducing people's risk should be based on key preventable causes of stroke, the ... Read more

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Health Before a Stroke Is Big Predictor of Second Attack

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 – Stroke survivors who had high blood pressure or other heart risk factors before their stroke may be at greater risk for another stroke and dementia years later, a new Dutch study finds. "We already know that stroke patients have an increased risk of recurrent stroke and dementia," explained study senior author Dr. M. Arfan Ikram. "What we didn't know was whether this increased risk persists for a long time after stroke, and whether heart disease risk factors present before the first stroke influenced the risk of recurrent strokes or dementia," he added. "Our study found these risk factors influence future stroke and dementia, and the risks persist for an extended period in some patients," Ikram said in an American Heart Association news release. He's associate professor in the department of epidemiology, neurology and radiology at Erasmus University Medical ... Read more

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Irregular Heartbeat More Deadly in Blacks: Study

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Black Americans with a common heart rhythm disorder are at higher risk than whites for serious heart complications and death, a new study finds. The disorder, called atrial fibrillation, affects about 1 percent of American adults and more than 5 percent of those 65 and older. Atrial fibrillation can raise a person's risk for stroke. The new findings may "put the focus on improving prevention efforts for adverse outcomes in blacks with atrial fibrillation," said study lead author and cardiologist Dr. Jared Magnani. The research might also "drive further studies into the reasons behind why this is happening," said Magnani, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Heart and Vascular Institute. The study included more than 15,000 blacks and whites, average age 54, who were followed for an average of 21 years. During that time, nearly 2,350 cases of atrial ... Read more

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Blood Pressure May Soar if You Live Near an Airport

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Living near an airport isn't just hard on your hearing, it may also be hard on your heart, new research suggests. "The volume of air traffic has skyrocketed since jet-powered planes were introduced in the 1960s," said study author Marta Rojek, a researcher at Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. "According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, there were 64 million take-offs and landings in 2013 and this figure is set to double in the next 20 years." "The steady growth in air traffic and expansion of airports, along with the development of residential areas near airports, has led to more people being exposed to aircraft noise," Rojek said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. She added there is emerging evidence that exposure to aircraft noise may increase the risk of high blood pressure, especially at night. There's ... Read more

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Single Working Moms Carry a Heart Burden

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 – Single working moms, who are often pressed for time and money, may have to worry about their heart health, too. Compared to married mothers with jobs, single working mothers in the United States have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers found. They're also more likely to smoke – a known heart risk – than women with other work and family patterns, said Frank van Lenthe, co-author of the new study. Losing the support of a partner, along with the second income, "may cause stress and result in unhealthy behaviors," said van Lenthe. He is an associate professor of social epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Before this study, he said, "We did not know much about the role of work, per se, and its link to cardiovascular risk for women, and we did not know that it was single working mothers who were most ... Read more

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Diabetes Drug Victoza May Help the Heart: Study

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – The blood sugar-lowering drug Victoza (liraglutide) cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke in type 2 diabetes patients, a new study finds. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. The study was funded by the drug's maker, Novo Nordisk, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It included more than 9,300 adults from 32 countries who have type 2 diabetes and a high risk of heart disease. About half took Victoza, while the other half took an inactive placebo. Both groups also took other medications for health problems, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the study authors said. Tracking patients for three years, the researchers found that compared with patients in the placebo group, people who took Victoza had a 13 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke. They also had a 22 ... Read more

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Middle-Age Fitness Helps Ward Off Stroke Later

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – Physical fitness in middle age may lower your risk of stroke after 65, a new study finds. "It is becoming increasingly clear that healthy mid-life behaviors pay off as we age, and lower our risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke," said Dr. Ralph Sacco, chairman of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He was not involved in the study. Among nearly 20,000 adults in their mid to late 40s, researchers found the most fit had a 37 percent lower risk of having a stroke after 65, compared with the least fit. The protective effect of fitness remained even after the researchers accounted for risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. "Incorporating exercise and regular physical activity in one's day-to-day routine is important to improve fitness and lower ... Read more

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Less Heart Care, More Strokes for Women?

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – Women in the United States with the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are more likely than men with the condition to suffer a stroke, a new study shows. Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat. This study of 1 million patients with atrial fibrillation found that women were 23 percent more likely to be hospitalized for stroke than men. "There is a debate about whether it's the biology and something naturally in women that predisposes them to stroke or whether health care providers are failing to give adequate care," said researcher Dr. Ghanshyam Shantha. He is a cardiovascular disease fellow at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. "Our findings corroborate the previous evidence that women receive less treatment and support the conclusion that the gender discrepancy is due to inadequate stroke prevention care in women and ... Read more

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Stem Cells May Offer New Hope to Stroke Survivors

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 – Preliminary research suggests that injecting adult stems cells directly into the brain may give stroke patients a new shot at recovery long after their stroke occurred. "We don't want to oversell this," stressed study lead author Dr. Gary Steinberg, chair of neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo, Alto, Calif. "This isn't the first stem cell trial for stroke, and we're in the early phase, with only 18 patients. But after injecting stem cells directly into the brain of chronic stroke patients, we were blown away," he said. "These were patients who had significant motor deficits for six months or more," said Steinberg. "People who had a hard time moving their arm or leg, or walking. People for whom we have no real treatment. But after the injections we saw improvement in all 18 patients, as a group, within a month. Within days some were ... Read more

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Why Stroke in Middle Age Is More Deadly for Blacks Than Whites

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 – A higher stroke rate – not differences in care after a stroke – is the reason why middle-aged black Americans are more likely to die from a stroke than whites, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from almost 30,000 people across the United States. At age 45, blacks were four times more likely to die of stroke than whites. By age 85, stroke death rates were the same for blacks and whites, the study showed. But while middle-aged blacks were more likely than whites to die from a stroke, there were no black-white differences in the risk of death among stroke survivors, according to the study in the June 2 issue of the journal Stroke. "The magnitude of public health burden of the racial disparity in stroke is staggering, with an estimated 22,384 'extra' stroke events [occurring in black people in 2014]," study author George Howard, a professor of ... Read more

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Low-Dose Aspirin Tied to Longer Colon Cancer Survival

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 – Colon cancer patients who take low-dose aspirin may have a somewhat better chance of surviving the disease, a large study hints. Norwegian researchers found that among over 23,000 colon cancer patients, those who used aspirin were 15 percent less likely to die of the disease over the next several years. But these findings alone don't prove that aspirin prolongs colon cancer patients' lives. There could be other reasons that aspirin users had better survival odds, according to lead researcher Dr. Kjetil Tasken, a professor of medicine at the University of Oslo, in Norway. Still, he said, there is a large body of evidence that low-dose aspirin can help cut people's risk of developing colon cancer in the first place. In fact, recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say that adults in their 50s and 60s may want to consider taking low-dose ... Read more

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Women With Migraine May Face Higher Threat of Heart Disease, Stroke

Posted 1 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 – Women who suffer from migraine headaches may have a slightly increased risk of heart disease or stroke, a new study suggests. "Migraine should be considered a marker for increased risk of cardiovascular disease, at least in women," said lead researcher Dr. Tobias Kurth, director of the Institute of Public Health at Charite-Universitatsmedizin in Berlin, Germany. But, Kurth cautioned that this study can't prove that migraines cause heart attack or stroke, only that they may make these events more likely. Also, men may be similarly affected. "We have no reason to believe that this is limited to women," Kurth said. Migraines are headaches marked by intense throbbing or pulsing, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. They had previously been linked to an increased risk for stroke, but this new study also ties them to possible heart ... Read more

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Smog Can Make Blood Pressure Soar: Studies

Posted 31 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 – More evidence links air pollution with increased risk of developing dangerous high blood pressure. The findings stem from a review of 17 studies conducted around the world. Each assessed a possible link between blood pressure and dirty air related to common pollutants, such as vehicle exhaust, coal burning and airborne dirt or dust. "Our results demonstrated that air pollutants had both short-term and long-term effects on [high blood pressure] risks," said study author Tao Liu. He is deputy director of the environmental health division in the Guangdong Provincial Institute of Public Health in Guangzhou, China. In the short term, he noted, a few days of increased air pollution could lead to more emergency hospital visits due to temporary spikes in blood pressure. In the long term, those living with consistently high levels of air pollution could end up with ... Read more

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