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Monthly Archives: June 2013

People’s perception of the effect of stress on their health is linked to risk of heart attacks

People who believe that stress is having an adverse impact on their health are probably right, because they have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, according to new research published online in the European Heart Journal [1]. The … Continue reading

Published Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Death rates from heart disease continue to decline in most of the EU, but some countries are ‘cause for concern’

Death rates from heart disease in the European Union have more than halved in many countries since the early 1980s, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. In the majority of countries, there have been ongoing … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Long-distance cross-country skiers at increased risk of heart rhythm disturbances

Cross-country skiers who take part in one of the world’s most challenging ski races, the 90 km Vasaloppet in Sweden, are at increased risk of developing arrhythmia – problems with the rate or rhythm of their heart beat – according … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Genetic research clarifies link between hypertension and Vitamin D deficiency

Paris, France: Low levels of vitamin D can trigger hypertension, according to the world’s largest study to examine the causal association between the two. Although observational studies have already shown this link, a large-scale genetic study was necessary before the … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology, Genetics

Diabetes drug shows promise in treatment of neurodegenerative disease

Paris, France: A drug used to control Type II diabetes can help repair the spinal cords of mice suffering from the inherited disease adrenoleukodystrophy which, untreated, leads eventually to a paralysis, a vegetative state and death. This is an important … Continue reading

Published Saturday, June 8th, 2013 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

Significant under-use of genetic testing for inherited cancers puts health of entire families at risk

Paris, France: A new study of the use of genetic testing for cancer-causing mutations in affected families in France has found that its take-up is very low. Professor Pascal Pujol, Head of the Cancer Genetics Department, Montpellier University Hospital, Montpellier, … Continue reading

Published Saturday, June 8th, 2013 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

Alzheimer’s disease drugs linked to reduced risk of heart attacks

Drugs that are used for treating Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages are linked to a reduced risk of heart attacks and death, according to a large study of over 7,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in Sweden. The research, which … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology
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