Heart attacks increasingly common in young adults

Even though fewer heart attacks are occurring in the U.S.—in large part due to the use of medications like statins and a decline in smoking—these events are steadily rising in very young adults. New data not only validate this trend but also reveal that more heart attacks are striking those under age 40, according to…

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A nap a day keeps high blood pressure at bay

It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those…

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Getting a flu shot while hospitalized lowers the chance of a heart attack

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…

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E-cigarettes linked to heart attacks, coronary artery disease and depression

Concerns about the addictive nature of e-cigarettes—now used by an estimated 1 out of 20 Americans—may only be part of the evolving public health story surrounding their use, according to data being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. New research shows that adults who report puffing e-cigarettes, or vaping, are…

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New optical imaging system could be deployed to find tiny tumors

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Many types of cancer could be more easily treated if they were detected at an earlier stage. MIT researchers have now developed an imaging system, named «DOLPHIN,» which could enable them to find tiny tumors, as small as a couple of hundred cells, deep within the body. In a new study, the…

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A television in the bedroom?

Too much time in front of the bedroom TV deprives the child of more enriching developmental activities and may explain, in part, less optimal body mass, poor eating habits and socio-emotional difficulties as a teenager, says the study, published Dec. 26 in Pediatric Research. «The early years are a critical period in a child’s development,»…

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Cell study reveals key mechanism linked to healthy development

Scientists have shed light on how healthy cells develop by identifying the role of key molecules involved. The components, known as R-loops, are formed during cell development and have been shown to play an important role in the process. The latest finding overturns previous thinking that R-loops, formed from the genetic material that makes up…

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The Imposing Venture of 3 Corporate Giants Gets a Not-So-Imposing New Name

We can finally put a name to the thing striking fear within the health care establishment: Haven. The secretive new venture, created by corporate titans Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to transform health care for their employees, has gone without an official name for more than a year. It was nameless when a well…

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See the Hottest Bags Making Their Debut at Paris Fashion Week

Basic cross body, what’s that? Paris Fashion Week shows that your handbag collection should include chainmail coin purses, Balmain spikes, and a Chanel bag in the shape of an Aspen ski lift. Here, see all practically impractical bags on our wish list, fresh off the Parisian runway.