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Can Gut Bacteria Predict Heart Disease?

A blood test that assesses levels of a compound produced in the stomach appears to be a strong indicator of whether there will be heart trouble down the road, researchers report.

The higher the lev...

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One Can of Soda Increases Diabetes Risk

Drinking just one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 22 percent, a European study contends.

The finding is based on an analysis of data collected from more than 28,000 peopl...

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Beware of New Cholesterol Drug

A recent study seems to show that a new cholesterol drug, pitavastatin, could be a godsend for people who can’t tolerate the side effects, such as severe muscle aches, brought on by other statin medications. But one of the nation’s top card...

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For Diabetics, Bypass Is Better Than Stents

For millions of people, angioplasty — a technique for widening blood vessels with the insertion of stents — can open clogged coronary arteries without having to resort to open-heart surgery. But new research suggests that this is not necess...

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Are You Having a Stroke?

When a stroke hits, blood flow to the brain is cut off, and the cells in the immediate area are the first to die. But that process also gives off toxic chemicals that proceed to kill cells in the area surrounding the stroke, says Dr. Chauncey C...

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Sudden Cardiac Death: Don’t Be a Victim

“Sudden cardiac death” is about as frightening as it sounds. It strikes without warning and is often fatal, killing as many as 300,000 Americans every year, according to the American Heart Association.

Experts note that SCD — also know...

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