First signs of heart disease seen in newborns of overweight/obese mums

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Artery wall thickening already present at birth The walls of the body’s major artery – the aorta – are already thickened in babies born to mums who are overweight or obese, finds a small study published online in the Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease…

Lipid researcher, 98, reports on the dietary causes of heart disease ” dietary cholesterol is good for your heart “

Contact: Diana Yates diya@illinois.edu 217-333-5802 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign              IMAGE:   Fred Kummerow, a 98-year-old emeritus professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois, explains the primary causes of heart disease. His research contradicts commonly held notions about the role… Click here for more information.      CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A 98-year-old…

Commonly prescribed medications for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Can cause Heart Damage

Contact: Quinn Phillips quinn.phillips@ualberta.ca 780-399-7505 University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry New UAlberta research shows commonly prescribed medications could have adverse effects A research team with the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta reported findings that significantly improve understanding of how widely used drugs in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)…

Ten More Deaths Blamed on Plavix: ” Plavix plus aspirin (dual therapy) poses a 20 percent increased risk to the patient of suffering bleeding injuries, heart attacks, stroke and death”

        By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN   CHICAGO (CN) – Ten people died from the blockbuster blood-thinner Plavix, which is no better than aspirin against stroke but costs 100 times more, dozens of family members claim in two complaints. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis reaped annual U.S. sales of $3.8 billion from Plavix, pushing the…

Free statins with fast food could neutralize heart risk, scientists say

2010 report posted for filing Contact: Sam Wong sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk 44-020-759-42198 Imperial College London Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge so that customers can neutralize the heart disease dangers of fatty food, researchers at Imperial College London suggest in a new study published this week Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs…

New insights into link between anti-cholesterol statin drugs and depression

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society Scientists are reporting a possible explanation for the symptoms of anxiety and depression that occur in some patients taking the popular statin family of anti-cholesterol drugs, and reported by some individuals on low-cholesterol diets. These symptoms could result from long-term, low levels…

Eating processed meats, but not unprocessed red meats, may raise risk of heart disease and diabetes

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Todd Datz tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu 617-998-8819 Harvard School of Public Health Boston, MA – In a new study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating processed meat, such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats, was associated with a 42% higher risk of heart disease…

Stain repellent chemical linked to thyroid disease in adults: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Contact: Andrew Gould andrew.gould@pms.ac.uk 44-139-268-6107 The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry A study by the University of Exeter and the Peninsula Medical School for the first time links thyroid disease with human exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA is a persistent organic chemical used in industrial and consumer goods including nonstick cookware and stain-…

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,…