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Novel Class of Experimental Drugs may reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Problems

Novel Class of Experimental Drugs may reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Problems

On the basis of preliminary evidence, researchers stated that a new class of experimental drugs, one being developed by Amgen and the other by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, might be able to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

These drugs are said to be already known to significantly reduce bad cholesterol. In fact, there are some cases in which these drugs have reduced the cholesterol level to an extent not even achieved by statins.

E-cigarette use rising among King County Teens

E-cigarette use rising among King County Teens

According to a report by King County health officials, use of e-cigarette among the county teens has witnessed an increase in the recent years. Adding to the report, the use of marijuana has remained about the same during the period, the health officials stated.

About 22% of high-school seniors have accepted that they used electronic cigarettes last year. The figure is up from only 3% in 2012. Over 14% of 10th-graders reported that they had consumed e-cigarettes in 2014, up from just 2% in 2012.

Researchers Identify Genetic Markers Linked to PTSD Development

Researchers Identify Genetic Markers Linked to PTSD Development

Researchers have successfully identified genetic markers linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that also have an association with the immune system of the body. Thanks to the study of blood samples taken from US marines to make it possible for the researchers to identify biomarkers that can help diagnose the risk of PTSD and allow researchers to develop therapies that can prevent them from appearing.

The study saw analysis of blood samples taken from 188 US Marines before and after they were deployed to conflict zones.

Programme aimed to Address key Risk Factors for Age-Related Dementia may Prove Helpful

Programme aimed to Address key Risk Factors for Age-Related Dementia may Prove Helpful

Mental decline in elderly can be slowed if they include regular walk, healthy food, and proper management of metabolic and vascular risk factors in their routine.

In the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER), study researchers evaluated the effects of a comprehensive intervention on brain function. The intervention was designed with an aim to address some of the most vital risk factors linked to age-related dementia, like high body-mass index and heart health.

Researchers identify 15 genes linked to breast cancer

Researchers identify 15 genes linked to breast cancer

New genes associated with breast cancer risk have been identified by researchers. They have identified 15 genes and now total count of such genes has reached around 100 markers. This would assist in better screening. These new genes have been identified by scientists from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Cambridge University, together with the international Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC).

New device could replace animal testing

New device could replace animal testing

Drug testing could become faster and safer because of a new device, which could replace animal testing. The device consists of a small piece of cardiac muscle, which is inside the silicon body of the device.

“Ultimately, these chips could replace the use of animals to screen drugs for safety and efficacy. Using a well-designed model of a human organ could significantly cut the cost and time of bringing a new drug to market”, said lead researcher and Berkeley bioengineering professor Kevin Healy.

Divorce Rates Higher in Marriages where wives are Sick

Divorce Rates Higher in Marriages where wives are Sick

Researchers at Iowa State University found that divorce rates were 6% higher in marriages where wives were sick.

"There is a difference between feeling too sick to make dinner and needing someone to actually feed you. That's something that can really change the dynamics within a marriage", said study's lead researcher Amelia Karraker, an assistant professor of human development and family studies.

High Salt Diet Can Protect Skin: Study

High Salt Diet Can Protect Skin: Study

Although excessive amounts of salt can lead to heart disease, yet the researchers have found that the recommended consumption of sodium intake can provide a health benefit.

Researchers said that intake of salt appeared to be an ancient evolutionary method for the body to protect itself against bacteria and ward off microbes.

A research, which according to the scientists is at its initial stage, has suggested that amount of sodium seemed to increase around an infection site, reducing the growth and spread of bacteria.

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Have Heart Attack, Stroke Warning on Products: FDA to Testosterone Drugs Makers

Have Heart Attack, Stroke Warning on Products: FDA to Testosterone Drugs Makers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the manufacturers of the testosterone drugs to display a warning of risk of heart attacks and stroke among people who take the medications.

The FDA warning also ordered the drug makers to clearly mention on their products that the prescription hormone is specifically meant for men whose testosterone level has reduced due to some medical condition and not by aging.

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Moderate Coffee Consumption linked to Cleaner Arteries

A new study has helped researchers understand that three to five cups of coffee everyday leads to cleaner arteries. Researchers looked into how drinking coffee is related to the presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early indicator of coronary atherosclerosis.   Blockage in coronary arteries is caused by fatty substances known as plaques or atheroma. As a result, the arteries become hard and narrow, forming blood clots which can cause a heart attack or a stroke.  The study was conducted on more than

A new study has helped researchers understand that three to five cups of coffee everyday leads to cleaner arteries. Researchers looked into how drinking coffee is related to the presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early indicator of coronary atherosclerosis.

Blockage in coronary arteries is caused by fatty substances known as plaques or atheroma. As a result, the arteries become hard and narrow, forming blood clots which can cause a heart attack or a stroke.

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