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New Protein Structure Could Help Treat Alzheimer's, Related Diseases

University of Washington bioengineers have a designed a peptide structure that can stop the harmful changes of the body's normal proteins into a state that's linked to widespread diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Unhealthy Habits More Than Double Risk of Metabolic Syndrome in Childhood Cancer Survivors

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A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study found that 73 percent of adult survivors of childhood cancer more than doubled their risk of developing metabolic syndrome and related health problems by failing to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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Symposium Focuses on Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease

There's a "critical need" for research and innovative new strategies to address health disparities and to improve health outcomes across all groups of people with cardiovascular disease, according to a special symposium feature in the August issue of The American Journal of Medical Sciences (AJMS), official journal of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI). The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Vanderbilt Study Examines Bacteria’s Ability to Fight Obesity

Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered.

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'Triad Triage Trio' Spreads the Word about Heart Disease and Stroke Risk, Reports AHA's Heart Insight

In North Carolina, a stroke survivor, a heart attack survivor, and a heart transplant recipient have teamed up to share their experiences—with the goal of encouraging others to reduce their own cardiovascular disease risks. The "Triad Triage Trio" is featured in the August issue of Heart Insight, a quarterly magazine for patients, their families and caregivers. Heart Insight is published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Strategy Proposed for Preventing Diseases of Aging

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and elsewhere argue that medicine focuses too much on fighting diseases individually instead of concentrating on interventions that prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespan. They call for moving forward with strategies that have been shown to delay aging in animals. In addition to promoting a healthy diet and regular exercise, these strategies include manipulating molecular pathways that slow aging and promote healthy longevity.

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High-Salt Diet Doubles Threat of Cardiovascular Disease in People with Diabetes

People with Type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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Healing the Heart with Fat

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A diet enriched in 18-HEPE might help prevent heart failure in patients with cardiovascular diseases, according to researchers in Japan.

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Fundamental Research Is Paving the Way for Development of First Vaccine for Heart Diseases

— Researchers at Wayne State University have made a fundamental discovery and, in subsequent collaboration with scientists at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI), are one step closer to the goal of developing the world’s first T-cell peptide-based vaccine for heart disease — the number one killer in the nation.

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New Heart Procedure Safer for Women

Instead of going through the groin during heart catheterizations, physicians can now insert the catheter through a patient’s wrist, a less traumatic and safer option for some patients — especially women.

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