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New Congenital Heart Disease Gene Variants Found

New light is being shed on some of the underlying genetic causes of congenital heart disease by a new study from the NHLBI Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium. Approximately one in every 100 babies is born with congenital heart disease (CHD), and CHD remains the leading cause of mortality from birth defects. Although advancements in surgery […]

Skipping Breakfast Linked To Hardening Of The Arteries

People who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to have atherosclerosis – hardening and thickening of the arteries due to a build-up of fatty deposits known as plaques – researchers from Spain have recently found. Atherosclerosis doesn’t usually cause any noticeable symptoms at first but can eventually lead to life-threatening problems, such as heart attacks […]

Telomere Length Change Predicts Chance Of Death In Heart Disease

Shorter telomeres have previously been linked to increased risk of death from heart disease. Now, change in telomere length over time has also been found to be important. Research by scientists at UC San Francisco and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco found that heart disease patients whose telomeres shrank over time had […]

Whey Protein May Reduce Heart Disease And Stroke Risk

People may be able to reduce their risk factors of heart disease and stroke by drinking whey protein supplements, normally favored by bodybuilders, scientists at the University of Reading have found. By drinking a whey protein supplement derived from milk, study participants with mild hypertension had an estimated 8% reduction in risk of heart disease […]