Health News

Television Kills
You already know that exercise improves your heart health, but apparently the amount you exercise might not matter if you are spending too much of your day watching television.
Heartening News for Women
Women with mild heart failure who received a cardiac resynchronization device combined with defibrillator (CRT-D) showed a 70 percent reduction in heart failure and a 72 percent reduction in overall mortality.
S3 Sound is Not the Newest Boy Band
S3, an abnormal sound strongly linked to cardiac disease and heart failure, can be notoriously difficult for physicians to hear. The low-pitched, low-frequency sound isn't readily picked up by stethoscope alone.
Toxic for the Ticker?
A recent study from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute has found breast cancer drug bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech) appears to increase risk of congestive heart failure.
Smoke Signals
According to new research from the University of Texas Health Science Center, two significant signaling molecules communicate through nerve cells to regulate electrical and chemical activity.
Liver Disease Linked to Stroke
Using blood tests to detect liver disease could help predict stroke in at-risk patients, according to a study out of Toronto.
Worked Up About Blood Work
A blood test measuring the gamma-prime fibrinogen (a component of the blood's clotting mechanism) could help identify people at risk of heart attack, according a study from the Oregon Health & Science University.
Standard Operating Procudure Questioned
There is no direct evidence suggesting the standard practice of administering oxygen to patients during a heart attack is beneficial.
Stop Smoking, Maintain Vision?
Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good" cholesterol) and smoking appear to contribute to early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a recent study.
A New Spin on Safe Sex
A recent study from the University of Chicago found that sexual activity declines in the year following heart attack for patients who don't get instructions from their doctors regarding when it's safe to have sex again.