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A growing number of Americans are dying from liver disease and liver cancer.The increase among 25- to 34-year-olds is especially troubling because the deaths are due to cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking, the authors of a new study said. The researchers suspect the economic downturn in 2008 prompted people to comfort themselves with alcohol.
Posted: July 19, 2018, 2:15 pm
Young adults raised by lesbian moms are faring as well as -- or even better than -- other U.S. kids their age, according to the largest, longest-running study to track child development in these families.
Posted: July 18, 2018, 10:15 pm
The risk of heart attack among pregnant women increased 25 percent between 2002 and 2014, with the rate rising from 7 to 9.5 for every 100,000 pregnancies in the United States, researcher at the New York University School of Medicine say.
Posted: July 18, 2018, 6:20 pm
For most healthy people, cycling, gardening and playing sports can lead to a healthier heart and a reduced risk of first heart attack or heart attack recurrence, even in a polluted city, a 20-year-study has found.
Posted: July 18, 2018, 6:15 pm
Female alcohol use disorder in the United States more than doubled from 2002 to 2013, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Posted: July 18, 2018, 4:54 pm
People who ate their evening meal before 9 p.m. or waited at least two hours after supper before going to sleep had a 20 percent lower cancer risk than those who ate supper after 10 p.m. or those who ate and went to bed soon after, according to a new study.
Posted: July 18, 2018, 2:15 pm
Meat created in labs from animal cells should be labeled as different from the traditionally produced product, nearly half the respondents said in a recent survey by Consumer Reports.
Posted: July 17, 2018, 10:15 pm
On a hunch, a doctor injected the Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, directly into the tumors of a woman with advanced skin cancer. The tumors disappeared. Nobody thinks it should be standard treatment, but it will spur more testing.
Posted: July 17, 2018, 8:34 pm
Probiotics are trendy for sure, but they could harm some patients, and researchers have done a poor job tracking their safety, a new review argues.
Posted: July 17, 2018, 8:15 pm
In a recent survey by Medscape, 27% of doctors said they had been sexually harassed by patients in the office, including those who acted in an overtly sexual manner toward the physician; asked for a date; patients who tried to touch, grope, or grab them. In all three categories, the harassment happened more frequently to female physicians.
Posted: July 17, 2018, 6:46 pm

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American Heart Association

Ensuring patients with heart failure have access to the latest evidence-based care, and improved outcomes and quality of life, is at the core of a hospital certification program offered by the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest independent health care evaluation organization. Advanced Certification for Heart Failure is the first of multiple, jointly offered cardiac certifications that will be made available to hospitals seeking to implement exceptional efforts to foster better quality of care and outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease.
Posted: July 19, 2018, 1:00 pm
“Today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax is a major victory for the city’s children and families. The decision, which backs two previous lower court rulings, reaffirms a simple...
Posted: July 18, 2018, 3:39 pm
Study Highlight: Even in areas with moderate to high levels of traffic pollution, regular physical activity reduced the risk of first and recurrent heart attack.
Posted: July 18, 2018, 9:00 am
A group of 14 patient and consumer groups issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s announcement that it will freeze risk adjustment payments.
Posted: July 11, 2018, 6:06 pm
Study Highlights: Approximately 75 percent of black men and women develop high blood pressure by age 55 compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women of the same age. Both black and white study participants who ate a DASH-style diet had a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure.
Posted: July 11, 2018, 9:00 am
Study Highlights: Multivitamins and mineral supplements do not prevent heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death. Data pooled from multiple studies show no health benefit of multivitamins.  
Posted: July 10, 2018, 9:00 am
Study Highlights: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may increase the risk for stroke and heart attack in both male and female city workers and volunteers who cleaned debris in the aftermath of the World Trade Center plane attack on September 11, 2001. The study sheds light on long-term consequences of PTSD 11-15 years after the event occurred in a general population.
Posted: July 10, 2018, 9:00 am
Study Highlights: Blacks who survived cardiac arrest while hospitalized have more than 10 percent lower rate of long-term survival after discharge than white survivors. This translates to lower one-year and five-year survival rates after discharge for black versus white survivors. Nearly a third of the racial difference in one-year survival depended on measured patient factors; only a small portion was explained by racial difference in hospital care; and almost half was linked to care following discharge and or unmeasured factors.
Posted: July 9, 2018, 6:00 pm
The American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine – dedicated exclusively to advancing precision medicine in cardiovascular care – along with Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the winners of the inaugural cash competition of its data mining and innovative development grants.
Posted: July 9, 2018, 2:00 pm
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown made the following comments in support of the California Medical Association’s and the California Dental Association’s plan to propose a statewide sugary drink tax in the form of a 2020 ballot measure:
Posted: July 2, 2018, 10:48 pm

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