Children’s cardiovascular fitness declining worldwide

Contact: Carrie Thacker carrie.thacker@heart.org 214-706-1665 American Heart Association The study is the first to show that kids’ cardiovascular fitness has declined around the globe since about 1975: In the United States, kids’ cardiovascular endurance fell an average 6 percent per decade between 1970 and 2000. Across nations, endurance has declined consistently by about 5 percent…

Staying on medication had surprisingly little effect lowering hospital readmission rates

Contact: Sarah Avery sarah.avery@duke.edu 919-660-1306 Duke University Medical Center Staying on medication may not translate to avoiding readmission DURHAM, N.C. – A targeted effort to help high-risk heart failure patients stay on their medications did improve adherence to drug regimens, but had surprisingly little effect lowering hospital readmission rates, according to a study at Duke…

Wider use of statins ‘disturbing’

Wider use of statins will have minimal benefit and could needlessly expose   thousands to severe side effects, doctors warn following change in US   prescription guidelines New US guidelines on statins, issued on Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, recommend that doctors should consider prescribing the drugs to all people…

Abstract 137 – Diet, ‘anti-aging’ supplements may help reverse blood vessel abnormality

A diet low in grains, beans and certain vegetables — combined with “anti-aging” supplements — improved blood vessel function, in a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2013 Scientific Sessions. The blood vessel abnormality, or endothelial dysfunction, occurs when cells lining the interior wall of blood vessels malfunction. It’s…

Lift weights to lower blood sugar? White muscle helps keep blood glucose levels under control

Contact: Laura J. Williams laurajw@umich.edu 734-615-4862 University of Michigan ANN ARBOR—Researchers in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan have challenged a long-held belief that whitening of skeletal muscle in diabetes is harmful. In fact, the white muscle that increases with resistance training, age and diabetes helps keep blood sugar in check, the…

Green tea extract interferes with the formation of amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease

Contact: Laura J. Williams laurajw@umich.edu 734-615-4862 University of Michigan ANN ARBOR—Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a new potential benefit of a molecule in green tea: preventing the misfolding of specific proteins in the brain. The aggregation of these proteins, called metal-associated amyloids, is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. A…

142nd Health Research Report 16 NOV 2012

  Editors Top five: Caffeine improves recognition of positive words Drinking green tea with starchy food may help lower blood sugar spikes Link Found Between Child Prodigies and Autism Triclosan in cosmetics and personal care products can increase allergy risk Eating more fish could reduce postpartum depression In This Issue: Daily doses of a new…

New study finds that 75 percent of patients taking popular blood-thinners are getting wrong dose

Contact: Jess C. Gomez jess.gomez@imail.org 801-718-8495 Intermountain Medical Center Millions at risk for serious problems like uncontrolled bleeding or developing blood clots SALT LAKE CITY – Cardiology researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute have found that approximately 75 percent of patients taking two common blood-thinning drugs may be receiving the wrong dosage levels,…

Daily doses of a new probiotic reduces ‘bad’ and total cholesterol: Lactobacillus reuteri

Abstract 11348 – Embargoed until 8 a.m. PT /11 a.m. ET November 05, 2012 This news release is featured in a news conference at 8 a.m. PT on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Study Highlights: A new probiotic lowered LDL “bad” cholesterol and total cholesterol in patients with high cholesterol. The probiotic reduced molecules known as…

Your arteries on Wonder Bread : reduced elasticity, which can cause heart disease or sudden death

2009 study posted for filing Contact: George Hunka ghunka@aftau.org 212-742-9070 American Friends of Tel Aviv University Landmark study from Tel Aviv University shows how high carb foods cause heart attacks Doctors have known for decades that foods like white bread and corn flakes aren’t good for cardiac health. In a landmark study, new research from…

Aspirin and similar drugs may be associated with brain microbleeds in older adults: Causes amyloid accumulation often related to Alzheimer’s disease

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Monique M.B. Breteler, M.D., Ph.D. m.breteler@erasmusmc.nl JAMA and Archives Journals Individuals who take aspirin or other medications that prevent blood clotting by inhibiting the accumulation of platelets appear more likely to have tiny, asymptomatic areas of bleeding in the brain, according to a report posted online today that will…

Obese kids’ artery plaque similar to middle-aged adults

Contact: AHA News Media Staff Office bridgette.mcneill@heart.org 504-670-6524 American Heart Association Abstract 6077; this abstract is also featured in a news conference The neck arteries of obese children and teens look more like those of 45-year-olds, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2008. “There’s a saying that ‘you’re as old…