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Asthma cases reduced with Low-dose Aspirin Regimen

Asthma cases reduced with Low-dose Aspirin Regimen

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A study based on data collected from the double-blind Physicians' Health Study showed that taking a low-dose aspirin every other day reduced the risk for a first time diagnosis of asthma by 22 percent.

Asthma is caused by inflammation in the air passage ways. When an attack occurs the person has difficulty breathing because the airways swell up. The respiratory muscles also tighten up as well as an increase in the secretion of mucus. It is estimated that 20 million people in the US have asthma.

This large study of 22,071 healthy male physicians was a randomized, placebo controlled study of low-dose aspirin regimen taken every other day. The asthma study was first reported in the second issue for January 2007 of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic Society.

Blood Test Can Predict Death From Heart Attack Failure or Stroke - NT-proBNP Test Better Than Echocardiograms EKGs

Blood Test Can Predict Death From Heart Attack Failure or Stroke - NT-proBNP Test Better Than Echocardiograms EKGs

Mary Whooley, MD

Researchers say that they have found a test that can predict the risk of death from heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Although the test is not foolproof and should not be used on everyone, it can identify patients that should be treated more aggressively, or at least watched more carefully.

The study indicates that the NT-proBNP can “accurately” predict the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. "After adjusting for all other risk factors, it's clear that this marker is picking up something that we are otherwise unable to detect with standard tests such as echocardiography," says principal investigator Mary Whooley, MD, a staff physician at SFVAMC and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

New Sleep Apnea Research – Beta Blockers Reduce Severity In Heart Failure –Family History of Obstructive Form Increase Risk CPAP

New Sleep Apnea Research – Beta Blockers Reduce Severity In Heart Failure – Family History of Obstructive Form Increase Risk

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There are two important discoveries in the area of sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing during the night. Most sufferers are unaware of the condition because they are asleep when it occurs, but the symptoms are snoring and daytime sleepiness.

The first study involves the most common form of sleep apnea. Researchers say that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely than those without OSA to have a family history of premature death due to coronary artery disease (CAD). Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat narrows or closes when the sleeper falls into a deep sleep.

The researchers compared the family histories of 316 patients with OSA and 202 patients without OSA. They say that regardless of the patient’s own CAD status, there was a significant and independent association between OSA and family history of premature CAD mortality.

Tea Healthier Than Water But Don’t Add Milk – Researchers in Germany Say Cancer and Heart Health Suffer When Dairy is Added

Tea Healthier Than Water But Don’t Add Milk – Researchers in Germany Say Cancer and Heart Health Suffer When Dairy is Added

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German researchers say that drinking milk with your tea could negate any of the health benefits associated with the drink. The group of proteins in milk called caseins interact with the flavinoids in tea (catechin). The flavanoids give tea its protective heart health effects.

The study involved 16 healthy postmenopausal women who drank either half a liter of freshly brewed black tea, black tea with 10 percent skimmed milk, or boiled water on three different occasions under similar conditions, according to a report from HealthDay News. Dr. Verena Stangl said “There are a lot of studies that show that tea is protective against cardiac diseases.” Stangl is professor of cardiology at the Charite Hospital, Universitatsmedizin-Berlin, in Germany.

South Beach Diet author visits on NBC’s Today Show about new Heart Program Book

South Beach Diet author visits on NBC’s Today Show about new Heart Program Book

The South Beach Heart Program: The 4-Step Plan that Can Save Your Life
by Arthur Agatston

Dr.Arthur Agatston visited on NBC’s Today Show about his new book titled, “The South Beach Heart Program: The 4-Step Plan that Can Save Your Life.” He explained that there are a number of things you can do to help prevent heart disease.

The number one cause of death in the United States is heart disease. There will be over one million people in the US that will have a heart attack this year. There will be 600,000 that will suffer from a stroke this year. Dr. Agatston believes that more can be done to prevent heart disease through lifestyle changes. These changes include both diet and exercise.

Preventive medicine is a becoming popular among a growing number of cardiologists. Agatston referred to this new thinking with doctors as a cardiac revolution. This idea of preventative cardiology in medicine could eventually limit the numbers of people that develop heart disease and have heart attacks in the future. Cardiology has been thought of as a plumber that cleans out clogged arteries after the damage has become so bad. Agatston and other cardiologists are now looking at treating heart disease in a preventive manner and have seen a great reduction in the seriousness of damage cardiovascular systems.

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