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Female smokers face greatest risk for brain bleeds

•Bleeds in the inner lining of the brain are significantly more common among smokers, especially female smokers, than non-smokers. •Even light smoking increases ...

Anti-tumor antibodies could counter atherosclerosis

A biological drug could be used to combat cardiovascular disease by targeting not mere risk factors such as high cholesterol or high ...

Race influences how anger impacts cardiovascular health

ANN ARBOR—Hostility and anger have been shown to be bad for us, particularly for our cardiovascular health, but a new University of Michigan study finds that it may not be an equal threat across all groups. ... Full story

Blood glucose health is decreasing in obese adults; increasing risks for Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular complications

•Blood glucose health is deteriorating in obese adults, despite overall progress in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels; raising risks for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications. •Researchers said their findings suggest that controlling weight in obese adults to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes should be a public health priority. ... Full story

Statins controversy linked to rise in UK patients stopping the treatment

New research highlights potential public health impact of high profile health stories in the media ... Full story

How the spleen filters blood

Computer model finds slits in the spleen impose a “physical fitness test” on red blood cells. ... Full story

Prehypertension during pregnancy could lead to cardiovascular risks

Study Highlights Pregnant women who experience even subtle blood pressure elevations in the upper ranges of what is considered “normal” blood pressure appear more likely to ... Full story

Starving stem cells may enable scientists to build better blood vessels

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have uncovered how changes in metabolism of human embryonic stem cells help coax them to mature into specific cell types — and may improve their function in engineered organs or tissues. ... Full story

A tiny pump comes to the aid of weakened hearts

EPFL researchers have developed an innovative cardiac support system in the form of a small ring placed on the aorta. This device is less invasive than traditional methods and avoids problems of hemolysis and the need for regular transfusions because it does not come into direct contact with the blood. ... Full story

Eating more whole grains linked with lower risk of death

American Heart Association Journal Report: Study Highlights: Eating at least three servings of whole grains a day was associated with lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and all causes in an analysis of nutrition studies. These findings further support the U.S. government’s current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends at least three daily servings of whole grains. ... Full story

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