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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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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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Coffee: How many cups are too much to drink a day?

Latte, cappuccino or short black, a morning coffee is an essential for many people looking to kick start their day. But while the humble coffee may be a vital feature of the daily grind, how much is too much? While the pros and cons of drinking coffee have been debated for decades, new research from […]

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Atherosclerosis: Induced cell death destabilizes plaques

Many chronic disorders arise from misdirected immune responses. Scientists now show that neutrophils exacerbate atherosclerosis by inducing smooth muscle-cell death and that a tailored peptide inhibits the process. At LMU’s Institute for Cardiovascular Prevention, Oliver Söhnlein investigates the molecular mechanisms that underlie chronic inflammatory disorders, including atherosclerosis. These conditions are largely due to unresolved innate […]

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Getting a flu shot while hospitalized lowers the chance of a heart attack: Largest study to date bolsters evidence for heart benefits of vaccination

There’s now another reason to get your yearly flu shot. Not only can it protect you from the body aches, fever and fatigue associated with a bout of influenza, it may even prevent you from having a heart attack, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. The […]