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Are Obesity, heart disease, and Diabetes contagious?

Canadian researchers make the hypothesis that diseases such as heart failure, cancer and lung diseases – of which, one may assume that they are not contagious – however, transferable could be. The scientists, from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in Toronto use to justify their hypothesis that people with obesity, diseases inflammatory bowel, […]

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Alarming number of heart infections tied to opioid epidemic

An alarming number of people nationwide are developing infections of either the heart’s inner lining or valves, known as infective endocarditis, in large part, due to the current opioid epidemic. This new trend predominantly affects young, white, poor men who also have higher rates of HIV, hepatitis C and alcohol abuse, according to new research […]

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Lower risk for heart failure with new type 2 diabetes drug

The new type of drugs for type 2 diabetes, the so-called SGLT2 inhibitors, are associated with a reduced risk of heart failure and death as well as of major cardiovascular events, a major Scandinavian registry study led from Karolinska Institutet reports in The BMJ. Cardiovascular disease is a serious complication of type 2 diabetes. The […]

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What’s at the ‘heart’ of a heartbeat?

In the confines of the thoracic chamber, a heart has lost its rhythm. Its two upper chambers, the atria, are beating out of sync with the two lower chambers, the ventricles. The resulting chaos is called atrial fibrillation and is a major concern because it prevents the heart from pumping effectively and is associated with […]

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Age-related illness risk for people living with HIV: Study finds increased incidence of heart disease, COPD and bone fractures

The first large-scale review into the health outcomes of people living with HIV has found that this group has an increased risk of contracting specific diseases and illnesses, some of which are more commonly associated with ageing. The umbrella review, led by academics from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge and the Medical University of […]

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Psoriasis therapy linked to reduced coronary inflammation in patients with skin condition: Novel imaging biomarker could track interventions on coronary artery disease

Researchers have found that anti-inflammatory biologic therapies used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis can significantly reduce coronary inflammation in patients with the chronic skin condition. Scientists said the findings are particularly notable because of the use of a novel imaging biomarker, the perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI), that was able to measure the effect […]

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Starting with less-invasive procedures to restore leg blood flow as good at avoiding amputation as starting with open surgery

Less-invasive procedures to open severely-clogged leg arteries were as good at helping people survive and avoid amputation as more invasive open surgeries, according to a study reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. The most severe form of clogged leg arteries — critical limb ischemia — may result in slow […]