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Reduced risk of Stroke and diseases shown with Natural Vitamin E Tocotrienol Supplements

Reduced risk of Stroke and diseases shown with Natural Vitamin E Tocotrienol Supplements

Palm Oil Tree Fruit

Studies from Ohio State University Medical Center found that taking a natural form of vitamin E was able to successfully reach the blood in humans, sufficient enough to reduce the risk of stroke and other diseases.  The research was first reported in the May issue of the journal Antioxidants & Redox Signaling.

Vitamin E is found in eight different forms in nature.  The most common vitamin E available as a supplemen is in the form of tocopherol (TCP).  The researchers in this study looked at tocotrienol (TCT).  Tocotrienol is found naturally in palm oil.  Complete Article


Hypertension and High Blood Pressure - RESPeRATE helps lower Blood Pressure

Hypertension and High Blood Pressure - RESPeRATE helps lower Blood Pressure

InterCure's RESPeRATE

RESPeRATE is manufactured by InterCure and has gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a device that can treat hypertension.  Multiple studies have shown using RESPeRATE consistently will lower blood pressure levels.  RESPeRATE is the only hypertension treatment approved by the FDA that does not have any side effects and is available without a prescription and is classified as over the counter (OTC).

InterCure will present four new studies to the American Society of Hypertension’s 21st Annual Scientific Meeting being held in New York that will show the benefits of using RESPeRATE.  The studies show a reduction in the resistance of narrowed blood vessels to blood flow (peripheral resistance) which lowered blood pressure.  Hypertension and High Blood Pressure - RESPeRATE helps lower Blood Pressure


Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Medications may have dangerous interactions when taken with Grapefruit Juice

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Medications may have dangerous interactions when taken with Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that some prescription drugs can possibly cause dangerous interactions when taken with grapefruit juice. 

It was originally believed that flavonoids from the grapefruit juice caused the interactions; however the researchers believe that it is because of a chemical called furanocoumarins that is found in the grapefruit which contributes to the problem.

Grapefruit juice causes some drugs to not be absorbed because an intestinal enzyme called CYP3A partially destroys the medication before it is absorbed.  The researchers first reported there discovery in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Medications may have dangerous interactions when taken with Grapefruit Juice


Stroke Prevention - Recommendations by the American Stroke Association to lower the Risk of having a Stroke

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AlsoSalt salt substitute

Preventative treatments to avoid a stroke have been recommended by the American Stroke Association.  The report of guideline recommendations were published in the rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"Stroke remains a major public health problem. Its human and economic toll is staggering," said Larry B. Goldstein, M.D. who is lead author of the report and chair of the association's Stroke Council.  Stroke Prevention - Recommendations by the American Stroke Association to lower the Risk of having a Stroke


Stroke Severity May Be Reduced By Three Drug Combo - Aspirin + Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Statins + Blood Pressure Drugs

Stroke Severity May Be Reduced By Three Drug Combo - Aspirin + Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Statins + Blood Pressure Drugs

Health

New research shows that the combination of aspirin, cholesterol lowering drugs and drugs to treat high blood pressure lowered the severity of a stroke, compared to just taking one, two or none of the drugs.  The amount of initial brain cell damage was roughly the same, but the amount of brain cells that were still at risk of damage at the time of hospital admission was smaller among those taking all three drugs.

The researchers looked at 179 people who came to the hospital within a 24 hour period that had a stroke.  They compared how much brain cell damage was caused by the stroke with other factors.  They divided the patients into five groups.  There were 69 people who were taking none of the three drugs; 47 people were taking aspirin only; 29 were taking aspirin and ACE inhibitors, or blood pressure drugs; 14 were taking aspirin and statins, or cholesterol-lowering drugs; and 20 people were taking all three drugs.  Stroke Severity May Be Reduced By Three Drug Combo - Aspirin + Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Statins + Blood Pressure Drugs


Hormone Replacement Therapy May Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk - Estrogen Pills (HRT) can Cause Strokes Blood Clots and Dementia

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk - Estrogen Pills (HRT) can Cause Strokes Blood Clots and Dementia

Estrogen

The latest data from Women's Health Initiative (WHI) shows that estrogen alone used for 7 years or less in women with hysterectomy does not increase the risk (or perhaps the detection) of breast cancer in general. A non-significant trend towards fewer cases was noted. Obviously if this were the only finding it would be good news but it's lot more confusing than that. Nevertheless, Wyeth, the maker of Premarin, and a few of its designated, well paid mouthpieces are at it again, saying estrogen is protective.

They've got Hugh Taylor from Yale and Wolf Utian of the North American Menopause Society (a veteran HRT proponent) touting these results with great enthusiasm. Highly irresponsible, for several reasons!! - The "reduced risk" was not significant and the cancers of the women on estrogen were larger and involved lymph nodes. Plus the women on estrogen required additional testing or biopsies, and there appeared to be an INCREASED RISK of breast cancer for those women with risk factors.  Hormone Replacement Therapy May Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk - Estrogen Pills (HRT) can Cause Strokes Blood Clots and Dementia


Lasers Blasts away Fat – Possible treatments for Acne, Clogged Arteries and Cellulite Removal

Lasers Blasts away Fat – Possible treatments for Acne, Clogged Arteries and Cellulite Removal

Free Electron Laser
Photo By: Greg Adams, Jefferson Lab

Laser technology may be used in the treatment of severe acne, atherosclerotic plaque, and cellulite.  Researchers from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) will present their results at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) 26th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The researchers studied the effects of lasers on both human and pig fat to find which laser would not damage the outer skin.  They used a Free-Electron Laser facility at Jefferson Lab of a wavelength of infrared laser light with a range of 800-2600 nanometers.  They narrowed in the laser selection by first testing different lasers on water.  The researchers narrowed in there laser wavelengths that worked best with fat.  These wavelengths are 915, 1210, and 1720 nm.  Lasers Blasts away Fat – Possible treatments for Acne, Clogged Arteries and Cellulite Removal


Carotid Artery Stent Procedure Makes You Smarter - Minimal Invasive Surgery Improves Memory and Mental Skills and Reduce Stroke Risk

Carotid Artery Stent Procedure Makes You Smarter - Minimal Invasive Surgery Improves Memory and Mental Skills and Reduce Stroke Risk

Stent

A stenting procedure in patients to reduce the risk of stroke has had the un-expected side-effect of making the patient smarter.  Doctors from Toronto Canada found that after performing a minimally invasive neck procedure, their patients showed gains in memory and mental skills. 

According to an ABC News report, the procedure, called carotid stenting (or carotid endarterectomy), is an alternative to painful neck surgery.  Carotid stenting relies on tiny devices maneuvered through the circulatory system to the carotid arteries in the neck.  The doctors then inflate a balloon to push the plaque into the vessel wall and then implant a metal-mesh scaffold, or stent, to keep the clogged artery open.  

Evidently the increased blood flow improved brain function in some of their patients. According to Dr. Rodney Raabe, an interventional radiologist and who was the study's lead researcher, “People who have high-grade narrowing of the arteries will benefit best.  Particularly patients who have started to have memory problems should go to doctors to get an ultrasound to see if they have a blockage."  Carotid Artery Stent Procedure Makes You Smarter - Minimal Invasive Surgery Improves Memory and Mental Skills and Reduce Stroke Risk


High Blood Pressure – The sooner treated with Medication the less likely of developing Hypertension

High Blood Pressure – The sooner treated with Medication the less likely of developing Hypertension

Blood Pressure Monitor

Early intervention of high blood pressure by treating with medication as well as dietary changes can help prevent the development of hypertension later on.  Adults that showed pre-hypertensive or high normal blood pressure (HNBP) had shown a benefit by early treatment with prescription drugs.

Pre-hypertension is still is has its health risks.  There is an estimated double the risk of having a heart attack or stroke compared with those that have normal blood pressure.

The research was first presented at today’s American College of Cardiology’s 55th Annual Scientific Session and will also be presented in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The lead researcher Stevo Julius, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor had conducted this four year trial called TROPHY.  Funding for the trial came from AstraZeneca who are the makers of ATACAND (candesartan cilexetil).  High Blood Pressure – The sooner treated with Medication the less likely of developing Hypertension


Heart Patients taking Crestor Statin Prescription Drug removed Plaque Build-up in their Arteries

Heart Patients taking Crestor Statin Prescription Drug removed Plaque Build-up in their Arteries

Crestor manufactured by AstraZeneca

This has been a landmark trial for the use of a cholesterol drug to reverse the buildup of plaque in coronary artery disease patients.

The Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, reported this past Monday that their cholesterol drug, Crestor, has shown to reverse the atherosclerosis in a major clinical study.

The study was conducted over a two year period with 349 patients taking 40 milligrams of Crestor, a statin drug, once each day.  There were two-thirds of these patients that had shown regression of heart artery plaque build up when they were taking the maximum dose of Crestor.  Heart Patients taking Crestor Statin Prescription Drug removed Plaque Build-up in their Arteries


High Blood Pressure – Study shows that using Salt Substitute can help Lower Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure – Study shows that using Salt Substitute can help Lower Blood Pressure

Salt Substitute NoSalt

Researchers who presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 55th Annual Scientific Session in Atlanta, GA showed a changing to a salt substitute was a simple treatment for reducing blood pressure.

The salt substitute study was conduct in Rural Northern China.  It was called The China Salt Substitute Study. 

"It's only recently been realized that chronic diseases are the main cause of death in China," said Bruce C. Neal, M.D., Ph.D. who is the director of the cardiac and renal division of The George Institute for International Health, Sydney, Australia. "We were interested in trying to find a new, practical way of addressing this very serious health problem."  High Blood Pressure – Study shows that using Salt Substitute can help Lower Blood Pressure


Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight

Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight

Fat Cells

Multiple research studies are coming to the same conclusion that excess body fat causes an inflammation response in their body that can be deadly.

A recent report in the International Journal of Obesity by researchers from the University of Warwick Medical School found that the biggest health risk to overweight and obese people is the killer inflammation response created from the excess body fat.

Professor F.P. Cappuccio and Dr. M.A. Miller looked at 3 different ethnic groups that were overweight or obese.  They measured the Body Mass Index (BMI) and the participant’s Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) to determine the amount of body fat a person was carrying.  Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight


How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods

How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods

rolled oats

A recent study of cholesterol lowering foods such as soy protein, almonds, plant sterols that are put in special margarines, oats and barley showed that they will do a better job at lowering cholesterol when used together.  The participants that stayed on a specific diet of these foods were able to lower their LDL “bad” cholesterol as well as the first generation statin drugs did.

The study by Professor David Jenkins from the University of Toronto reported these findings in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods


High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran

High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran

brown rice

A group of scientists from Japan reported in the March 8th issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that eating rice bran, the outer coating of brown rice, can lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol.  The researchers discovered that the rice bran acts in the same manor as an ACE inhibitor prescription medicine.

The study was conducted with rats.  The scientists from Tohoku University and Japan’s National Research Institute of Brewing showed that rats that were hypertensive and stroke-prone were able to lower their systolic blood pressure approximately 20 percent in the same method as ACE inhibitors.  High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran


Trasylol used during Heart Surgery has Serious Side Effects- Lawyers may have Lawsuit

Trasylol used during Heart Surgery has Serious Side Effects- Lawyers may have Lawsuit

legal scales

Researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Bayer’s Trasylol (generic is Aprotinin) which is used during heart surgery to prevent excessive blood loss has serious side effects.  Trasylol has double the risk for kidney failure and stroke and increases the risk of heart failure or heart attack by 55 percent. 

The FDA announced on February 8th that there is a public health advisory for Trasylol due to the recent study.  The FDA recognizes that there are two recent scientific publications that found a link for kidney problems, heart attacks and strokes for patients that used Trasylol during artery bypass graft surgery.  The FDA is sending the warning out to surgeons that perform these operations.  Trasylol used during Heart Surgery has Serious Side Effects- Lawyers may have Lawsuit


Stroke Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device

Stroke Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device

Lingraphicare's Lingraphica has Touch Screen capabilities

According to a research report by Lingraphicare America, there are an estimated 80,000 to 90,000 Americans that suffer a stroke that cause them to lose their ability to understand or express themselves with speech.  The term called aphasia is a just one of the frustrating disabilities that a stroke patient can endure.  It is estimated there are currently 1 million Americans that have aphasia.

A research project from Lingraphicare America, a manufacturer of the Lingraphica speech generating device for aphasia found that extended use of their product over a 20 week period helped aphasia patients improve their condition.  The Lingraphica speech generating device is a computer laptop that has specially designed software that has easy to select pictures that will speak the words or phrases for the corresponding picture.  Stroke Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device


Study Conflicts – Does Hormone Replacement Therapy HRT Cause Heart Attacks Strokes or Breast Cancer?

Study Conflicts – Does Hormone Replacement Therapy HRT Cause Heart Attacks Strokes or Breast Cancer?

Dr. Lila Nachtigall

A study in 2002 showed an increase risk of breast cancer, stroke and heart attack for women that took hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  The researchers looked at the data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), which began in the early 90’s with nearly 50,000 women.  Their findings left women with a tough decision:  Should they continue with the risky HRT or should they stop?

They found that women had a 30% increased risk of heart attack when taking HRT.  Now a follow up study has reevaluated the data, and found no increased risk of heart attack when women take estrogen alone, without progestin.

The research, published in the February 13th issue of archives of Internal Medicine – one of JAMA/Archives journals, said “Estrogen therapy does not appear to reduce the risk of heart attack or coronary death in healthy postmenopausal women, although some data suggest a lower coronary heart disease risk in women aged 50 to 59 years”.  Study Conflicts – Does Hormone Replacement Therapy HRT Cause Heart Attacks Strokes or Breast Cancer?


Congestive Heart Failure Death Risk reduced by taking Diuretics

Congestive Heart Failure Death Risk reduced by taking Diuretics

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a build up of fluid in the body, and when treated with diuretics it can reduce the risk of death in the long term. Previously it has been widely used for quick relief of the fluid build up of CHF but a new research project confirmed that there is benefit for long term treatment with diuretics.

 "The available data from several small trials show that in patients with chronic heart failure, conventional diuretics appear to reduce the risk of death and worsening heart failure compared to placebo," stated the analysis team which was led by Dr. Rajaa Faris of Saudi Arabia. Congestive Heart Failure Death Risk reduced by taking Diuretics


Does a Low Fat Diet Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer? - Stroke? Heart Disease?

Does a Low Fat Diet Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer? - Stroke? Heart Disease?

Fruit and Vegetable Diet

The new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues with the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Dietary Modification Trial that claims a low fat diet was no healthier than normal fat diet did more than raise eyebrows.  It has experts debating back and forth whether the study was legitimate.

Was it a flawed study?  The data was extrapolated from a huge number of participants; nearly 50,000 postmenopausal women.   Of those, 40% were asked to make dietary modifications including “consumption of a reduced amount of fat (20 percent of energy) and of an increased amount of vegetables and fruits (5 or more servings a day) and grains (6 or more servings a day).” The other 60% made no dietary modifications.

The study found little difference in breast cancer rates, cardiovascular disease or stroke.  The rate of breast cancer for the women that modified their diet was 3.35% while the rate for women that did not modify their diet was 3.66%.  The difference was considered slight.  Does a Low Fat Diet Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer? - Stroke? Heart Disease?


Risk of Stroke reduced by eating more Fruits and Vegetables

Risk of Stroke reduced by eating more Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetable platter

A recent study published in The Lancet, a British journal, reported that eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day can reduce the risk of a stroke by 26 percent. 

The study accessed data from previous research looking at 257,551 people over an average time of 13 years.  What the researchers found was a correlation between having the highest risk for strokes in people that ate less than 3 servings of fruits or vegetables a day.  If the person ate 3 – 5 servings a day of fruits or vegetables they had a lower risk of having a stroke.  The group that ate 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day had the lowest risk of having a stroke.  Risk of Stroke reduced by eating more Fruits and Vegetables


Fruits and Vegetables will Reduce Risk of Stroke

Fruits and Vegetables will Reduce Risk of Stroke - Study says Good for High Blood Pressure as well

Five servings per day

The more fruits and vegetables you eat the lower your risk of stroke, according to a new analysis of studies. Eating three servings a day will reduce the risk of stroke, but eating five or more will produce an even greater protective effect. 

Earlier studies indicated that consuming more than three servings of fruits and vegetables a day will help lower blood pressure.  High blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke.  Earlier studies have shown that the “Dash Diet” has lowered blood pressure, so it is no surprise that the risk for stroke is also lessened.

Increasing you consumption of fruits and vegetables is good for the heart and other organs for several reasons.  First off, by eating more fruits and veggies you are likely to reduce the consumption of foods with high fat.  You will eat less desert and red meat. Fruits and Vegetables will Reduce Risk of Stroke


Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Benefits and Risks - Heart Disease vs Cancer and Stroke

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Benefits and Risks - Heart Disease vs Cancer and Stroke

Brigham Hospital

Women that start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at a younger age are better off than women who start 10 years after menopause begins or after the age of 60, according to a new study.  Dr. JoAnn E. Manson of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said “The timing of hormone therapy in relation to age and time since menopause may be a key factor in whether these hormones protect the heart or increase risk of heart disease.”

Manson and her colleagues were interested in the association between heart disease and HRT, as they relate to age.  They utilized women in the Nurses’ Health Study that was conducted between 1976 and 2000 to correlate a relationship.  From this data the team found that women who started HRT near the beginning of menopause had a significantly reduced risk of heart disease compared with women who didn't start HRT.  Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Benefits and Risks - Heart Disease vs Cancer and Stroke


Aspirin Helps Prevent Strokes in Women and Heart Attacks in Men

Aspirin Helps Prevent Strokes in Women and Heart Attacks in Men

81mg coated aspirin

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association touts the benefits of aspirin again.  According to researchers at Duke University, aspirin will reduce the risk of heart attacks in men and strokes in women. This highlights the way drugs affect the genders differently.

Aspirin does carry an increased risk of bleeding.  This is the case with both sexes.  Most previous studies looked at aspirin’s effects on men.  This new study compares the effects on both sexes. 

According to a press release from Dunk University, cardiology fellow Jeffrey Berger, MD says that both men and women “who can tolerate aspirin should be taking the medication for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.”  Of course check with your doctor first.  Aspirin Helps Prevent Strokes in Women and Heart Attacks in Men


Heart Disease - Plant Compounds slow down Blood Clots - Sweet Pepper and Cocoa

Heart Disease - Plant Compounds slow down Blood Clots - Sweet Pepper and Cocoa

Chinese wolfberry

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have discovered two plant compounds that may be potentially healthy for your heart.  A person with heart disease may be helped by the plant compounds by slowing down the blood clotting process.

The research conducted by Jae B. Park at the Human Nutrition Research Center’s Phytonutrient Laboratory was first reported in the current issue of Agricultural Research magazine.  The two plant compounds were N-caffeoyldopamine and N-coumaroyldopamine.  The plant compounds are naturally occurring and are found in sweet peppers, Chinese wolfberry, and cocoa.  Heart Disease - Plant Compounds slow down Blood Clots - Sweet Pepper and Cocoa


 

High Blood Pressure patients - many have abnormal Sodium and Potassium

High Blood Pressure patients - many have abnormal Sodium and Potassium

diuretics

A study published in this month’s issue of British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that one in five patients taking prescription diuretics have abnormal blood serum levels of sodium and potassium.

Despite the number of patients that is affected by this only one third of these patients taking the diuretics will get blood tests to measure the electrolyte levels.  With medications causing variations of electrolyte levels serious health problems can happen.  High Blood Pressure patients - many have abnormal Sodium and Potassium


Heart Disease can be caused by Stress

Heart Disease can be caused by Stress

Blood Pressure monitor

A recent study published in Psychophysiology confirms that mental stress raises blood pressure and also causes negative emotions in the brains regions which cause a physical response to the whole body.

Because of the activity in the cingulated cortex while the person is having mental stress it may cause their blood pressure to rise and this puts the individual at a higher risk for heart disease.  Heart Disease can be caused by Stress

 


PAD Peripheral Artery Disease Progression Slowed by Walking

PAD Peripheral Artery Disease Progression Slowed by Walking

Walking benefits

A new study indicates that people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) can slow the disease progression and improve their walking ability by walking for exercise at least three times per week.  Sufferers of PAD can suffer leg pain that is caused by decreased blood blow in the arteries.

PAD is caused by blockages to the arteries that supply blood to the legs.  Certain risk factors are associated with this disease including smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. The condition gets more profound as we age.

This study conducted at the Northwestern University in Chicago included 417 women and men.  The researchers found that those who walked three or more times per week had a significantly smaller average decline in walking speed and distance when compared to those that walked only once or twice a week.  PAD Peripheral Artery Disease Progression Slowed by Walking


Arial Sharon Heart Surgery Condition is Common But Very Serious

Arial Sharon Heart Surgery Condition is Common But Very Serious

Dacron patches / seals

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will undergo a catheterization procedure within the next couple weeks to repair a hole between the atrial chambers of his heart.  This is relatively common birth defect that affects 15 to 25 percent of the population. 

The hole was discovered by doctors when Mr. Sharon was treated for a minor stroke last week.  It was a tiny hole measuring just 1 or 2 millimeters. 

Sharon is lucky.  There was a time when this condition required open heart surgery, where the chest is cut open and the sternum is opened up.  Patients used to be hooked up to a heart lung machine that took over heart and lung functions while the surgeons operated on the heart.  Arial Sharon Heart Surgery Condition is Common But Very Serious


Diabetics can cut Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke by increasing Insulin Injections

Diabetics can cut Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke by increasing Insulin Injections

Blood Sugar Testing

Researchers have found that increasing the number in insulin injections per day will substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in Type 1 diabetes patients.  Cardiovascular disease is one of the deadliest complications of the condition. 

The risk of heart disease is 10 times greater in people with type 1 diabetes.  The good news is that aggressively controlling blood sugar by increasing the number of injections a day will cut the risk  of heart attack in half.  Most diabetics will inject themselves once or twice a day.  Aggressive control would mean five or six injections a day.

Dr. Saul M Genuth, chairman of a research project initiated in 1983 said "When you bring your blood glucose as close to normal as possible, that is what counts most,” reports Newsday.  The first trial ended in 1993 and included 1,441 type 1 patients.  Diabetics can cut Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke by increasing Insulin Injections


Stroke Prevention and Future Treatments Will Save Lives

Stroke Prevention and Future Treatments Will Save Lives

The Brain

There may be a health story behind Ariel Sharon’s recent stroke.  His doctors recommended Sharon start a diet and exercise program.  This may be the right approach to help prevent strokes. The meal he had just before the stroke included hamburgers, steak, lamb chops, shish kebab and two slices of chocolate cake.

Could this meal have been the reason for the stroke?  No one knows for sure, but diet can lead to various problems that can lead to a stroke.  For those that have already had a stroke it is even more important to lead a healthy lifestyle.

There are some things you can do to prevent a stroke.  The first thing a person should do is quit smoking if they smoke.  Of course diet and regular exercise will reduce the risk of a stroke.  Also keep diabetes and blood pressure under control.  Stroke Prevention and Future Treatments Will Save Lives

Blocking the IKK2 Protein may Prevent Brain Damage Due to Stroke

Blocking the IKK2 Protein may Prevent Brain Damage Due to Stroke

Mouse study gives hope

German and Italian scientists believe they have found a protein trigger for cell death, which leads to stroke damage.  This important discovery was reported in the journal Nature Medicine. 

The researchers at the Universities of Heidelberg and Ulm and a unit of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo, Italy, identified a signal in brain cells that tell them to die after a stroke.  They believe they can control the protein trigger and save victims from cell death. 

Cell death occurs when blood flow is interrupted to the brain or portion of the brain.  It may be possible to prevent the cell death if the switched is blocked.  By preventing the cell death could reduce the effects of the stroke including paralysis and speech impairment. Blocking the IKK2 Protein may Prevent Brain Damage Due to Stroke


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Stroke Study Flaws with Regard to CPAP

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Stroke Study Flaws with Regard to CPAP

CPAP machine

Previous studies have indicated the CPAP (Constant Positive Air Pressure) treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has benefited patients with heart failure, high blood pressure and more.  It is  proven treatment for OSA.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concerning sleep apnea is not conclusive but makes claims concerning the ineffectiveness of the treatment.  This article will examine the curious claims made by the Yale Study.

The study said “Nonetheless, our study demonstrated an increased risk of stroke or death from any cause among patients with the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome despite the administration of various therapies”.  What do various therapies mean?  Was CPAP lumped in with other therapies?  Obstructive Sleep Apnea Stroke Study Flaws with Regard to CPAP


Sleep Apnea Doubles Stroke Risk - CPAP Treatment Data Inconclusive

Sleep Apnea Doubles Stroke Risk - CPAP Treatment Data Inconclusive

ComfortGel CPAP mask

The November 10th Issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes two articles concerning sleep apnea.  One article investigated the rate of stroke with those with obstructive sleep apnea while the other concerned central sleep apnea. 

The first study was conducted by Yale University School of Medicine found “a new risk factor for the development of stroke”.  They found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea had double the risk for stroke.

People with obstructive sleep apnea rarely realize they have it. OSA is a condition where the sleeper’s upper airway relaxes and closes many times an hour.  It is commonly associated with people that snore.  Sleep Apnea Doubles Stroke Risk - CPAP Treatment Data Inconclusive


Drinking Coffee does not Raise Blood Pressure But Soda Does

Drinking Coffee does not Raise Blood Pressure But Soda Does

Coffee Beans

Women that drink coffee may not show an increase in blood pressure.  According to a new study appearing in the November 9th issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) coffee drinking has no links to temporary hypertension or even persistent high blood pressure.

The Study, authored by Dr. Wolfgang Winkelmayer assessed the relationship between coffee intake and physician diagnosed hypertension (blood pressure).  They did find that cola consumption increased the risk for hypertension. 

Caffeine “acutely” increases blood pressure according the team.  The study followed women that were free from physician diagnosed hypertension for 12 years.  Through questionnaires they compared coffee and cola intake with blood pressure. Drinking Coffee does not Raise Blood Pressure But Soda Does


New Research may find a way to Lower Blood Pressure without Drugs

New Research may find a way to Lower Blood Pressure without Drugs

Blood Pressure

If you suffer from high blood pressure like I do, you are always looking for ways to lower it without medication.  We may try to control our breathing or diet.  Some of us (me included) take medications. 

It appears that researchers in London have found the exact location in the brain where blood pressure is regulated. They have found the exact area of the brain that controls blood pressure. 

The team of neurosurgeons and physiologists at the Oxford University and Imperial College in London has found that by stimulating specific regions of the brain with electrodes, they can make the patient’s blood pressure increase or decrease. 

Similar techniques  have been used to relieve pain and to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.  They found the blood pressure changes were accompanied by analogous changes in diastolic blood pressure and pulse. New Research may find a way to Lower Blood Pressure without Drugs


Pargluva Drug for Diabetes found to be Dangerous

Pargluva Drug for Diabetes found to be Dangerous

Cost of Diabetes

A new treatment for type-2 diabetes may double the risk of death according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic.  If the analysis is correct Pargluva (muraglitazar is the generic name), a drug developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck & Company, could cause a “public health catastrophe”. 

The research was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Muraglitazar is a new drug used to treat both high glucose levels and improve blood lipids.  The drug was approved on October 18th by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

The Journal reports that “in a review of data from Phase 2 and 3 trials conducted by the drug manufacturer and provided to the FDA, Nissen and colleagues found that muraglitazar was associated with an excess incidence of the composite endpoint of death, major adverse cardiovascular events, and congestive heart failure.” Pargluva Drug for Diabetes found to be Dangerous


Omega 3 in Fish Diet may slow Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Omega 3 in Fish Diet may slow Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

A dish of fish is healthy

There appears to be a new reason to eat fish.  By eating fish just once a week a person can slow his or her memory loss associated with aging by 10%.  By eating fish even more frequently memory loss can be slowed by 13%. 

The study was posted in the Archives of Neurology, a JAMA journal.  It will appear in the December print edition.  Martha Clare Morris, ScD, of Rush University Medical Center, and colleagues analyzed six years of data from an ongoing study of 3,718 Chicago residents, 65 years and older between the years 1993 and 1997 and then followed up with an interview every three years.  Omega 3 in Fish Diet may slow Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease


Statin Drugs may Reduce Chance of Subsequent Strokes

Statin Drugs may Reduce Chance of Subsequent Strokes according to British and American Researchers

Statins May help Stroke Victims

Researchers have evidence that patients who have had strokes caused by a burst blood vessel can reduce their chance of another stroke by taking cholesterol lowering Statin Drugs.  The research is published in the August journal of Stroke and is titled Effects of Acute Treatment With Pravastatin on Cerebral Vasospasm, Autoregulation, and Delayed Ischemic Deficits After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  The research was conducted by neurologists at the University of Cambridge and at Duke University..

The British study took 80 stroke patients and gave half the group pravastatin (Pravachol) for 14 days.  Doctors began administering the pravastatin within 72 hours after the first stroke.  They found that patients who got the statin were 32 percent less likely to develop vasospasm than those who got the placebo.   Statin Drugs may Reduce Chance of Subsequent Strokes


Lancet Study Reports Some Right Sided Strokes may go Undiagnosed

Lancet Study Reports Right Sided strokes may go undiagnosed

Know the warning signs of a Stroke

It may be harder to detect a stroke in the right side of the brain than the left because speech is not affected.   German researchers, in the July 30th Lancet, report that patients may not be admitted to the hospital promptly because of the difficulty detecting the symptoms.  Prompt treatment improves the survival rate during the acute phase of a stroke. This means people that need thrombolytic or other therapies won't get it quickly. 

Both left and right strokes will affect day-to-day living.  A right sided stroke will affect perception skills and spatial skills.  The person suffering the stroke may have problems making sense of what they see, hear and touch.  They may also have trouble judging depth, size and distance.  Stroke symptoms may be difficult to diagnose

 

 


Study gives hope for Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease Mice Tau study

The Human Brain

New research brings hope for early stage Alzheimer’s sufferers.  A new mutant protein called tau may be poisoning brain cells in those affected with the disease.  It is hoped that future research will create a treatment that blocks tau. 

Previous research has focused on another protein called beta-amyloid.  After this new study published in the journal of Science Thursday, expect research to begin on treatments for blocking tau also. 

Study gives hope for Alzheimer's Disease

 


GDNF may provide hope for Parkinson's disease

The Human Brain

PINON HILLS, CA -  The experimental drug glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (or GDNF) may give hope to those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  Parkinson’s is a degenerative brain disease. 

It appears the drug is able to re-grow brain tissue when pumped into the damaged part of the brain.  Dramatic improved mobility has been reported by patients after treatment.  Complete Article

 

 

 
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