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Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: gun regulation, psychology and altruism, big data, threats to coral reefs, extra-terrestrial life, personalized diets, metabolic syndrome and heart health, new drug target to treat arthritis, and archeologists find oldest tools.

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People with Metabolic Syndrome Face Higher Cardiovascular Death Risk

People who have metabolic syndrome are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than people who do not have the condition, and having diabetes or high blood pressure worsens the risk, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Atrial Fibrillation After Surgery Increases Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes

An irregular heartbeat following surgery known as post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) often is dismissed as a transient phenomenon. But a study has found that POAF can significantly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke during the first 12 months after surgery.

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Helps Patients Newly Diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

ATS 2015, DENVER—Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) treatment could be a valuable addition to comprehensive therapy in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome, according to a new study. The study was presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

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Early Detection and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes May Reduce Heart Disease and Mortality

Screening to identify Type 2 diabetes followed by early treatment could result in substantial health benefits, according to new research that combined large scale clinical observations and innovative computer modelling.

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Trending Stories Report for 18 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: nutrition, fibromyalgia, e-cigarettes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, and gluten

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Studies Find Pharmacists Help Patients Control Blood Pressure

An University of Iowa researcher will present studies showing that medical teams with a pharmacist helped patients with hypertension control their blood pressure more effectively. The presentation is on Mon., May 18, at the American Society of Hypertension in New York.

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Diabetes Drug May Reduce Heart Attack Risk in HIV Patients

A diabetes drug may have benefits beyond lower blood sugar in patients with HIV. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests the drug may prevent cardiovascular problems because it works to reduce inflammation that is linked to heart disease and stroke in these patients. The drug both improved metabolism and reduced inflammation in HIV-positive adults on antiretroviral therapy.

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Long-Term Depression May Double Stroke Risk for Middle-Aged Adults

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Adults over 50 who have persistent symptoms of depression may have twice the risk of stroke as those who do not, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers found that stroke risk remains higher even after symptoms of depression go away, particularly for women.