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Increased Risk of Co-Existing Autoimmune Disease in Myasthenia Gravis Patients

Myasthenia gravis is a disorder than can be associated with abnormal function outside of skeletal muscle. Two studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) demonstrate that there is a significant proportion of myasthenia patients with arrhythmias and co-morbid inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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New Treatment Resolves Hazardous Airway Complication in Child with Heart Disease

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In children with a heart condition, lymph can ooze into airways and dry into a rubbery, potentially life-threatening cast. A new, noninvasive treatment cleared this blockage in a 6-year-old boy.

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New Study Finds Heart Attacks Do Not Have as Strong of a Genetic Link As Previously Suspected

Heart attacks are not as connected to family history and genetics as may have been previously believed, according to a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.

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UNC Researchers Boost the Heart’s Natural Ability to Recover After Heart Attack

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UNC researchers discovered that fibroblasts, which normally give rise to scar tissue after a heart attack, can be turned into endothelial cells, which generate blood vessels to supply oxygen and nutrients to the injured regions of the heart, greatly reducing the damage done following heart attack.

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Stress May Be Harder on Women’s Hearts Than Men’s

Researchers have known for decades that stress contributes to heart disease. But a new analysis by researchers at Duke Medicine shows mental stress may tax women’s hearts more than men’s. The research appears online Oct. 13, 2014, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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TSRI Scientists Create Mimic of ‘Good’ Cholesterol to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have created a synthetic molecule that mimics “good” cholesterol and have shown it can reduce plaque buildup in the arteries of animal models. The molecule, taken orally, improved cholesterol in just two weeks.

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High-Pollution Days Linked to Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest

Rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are elevated after days with high levels of air pollutants, reports a Japanese study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

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Discovery of a Novel Heart and Gut Disease

The disease, which has been named "Chronic Atrial Intestinal Dysrhythmia syndrome" (CAID), is a serious condition caused by a rare genetic mutation. This finding demonstrates that heart and guts rhythmic contractions are closely linked by a single gene in the human body, as shown in a study published on October 5, 2014 in Nature Genetics.

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Unique App Taps Into Health Records to Create a Personalized Picture of Heart Disease Risk

Ohio State University researchers are testing an experimental app linked to an electronic health record (EHR) to give patients and physicians a whole new way of looking at cardiovascular disease risk - literally. Scientists are hoping that by turning vitals into visuals, the app will spark conversation, motivate change and improve health.

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Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

– A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease.

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