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  1. Heart Problems Tied to Early Signs of Dementia

    Jan. 29, 2013 -- Older women with heart problems may be at greater risk for mental changes that are thought to signal the beginnings of a type of dementia, a new study shows. Called vascular dementia, it is a type of mental decline that’s thought to be caused by problems in blood flow to the brain.

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  2. Blood Pressure Drugs May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

    Jan. 7, 2013 -- Can commonly prescribed blood pressure pills help reduce the risk of developing dementia? Maybe, according to a new study of 774 elderly Japanese-American men. While it’s well known that high blood pressure in midlife raises a person’s risk for developing thinking and memory problems

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  3. FDA Approves New Blood Thinner Eliquis

    Dec. 31, 2012 -- The FDA has approved the blood thinner Eliquis to prevent stroke in people with atrial fibrillation. AFib is the most common type of irregular heartbeat and affects about 3 million Americans. People with AFib are about five times more likely to have a stroke. Eliquis is approved onl

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  4. The Best and Worst States for Your Heart

    Dec. 19, 2012 -- Oklahoma may want to rethink parts of its official state meal -- designated by the legislature in 1988 -- which includes barbecue pork, chicken fried steak, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fried okra and squash, strawberries, black-eyed peas, grits, corn, cornbread, and pecan pie. A ne

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  5. New Procedure May Aid Stubborn High Blood Pressure

    Dec. 18, 2012 -- People who can’t get their high blood pressure down with drugs may be helped by a new procedure that deactivates overactive nerves in the kidneys, a small study shows. The procedure is already available in Europe and other countries. It’s being tested in the U.S. It’s meant to treat

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  6. Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure

    Dec. 14, 2012 -- Drinking a glass of beet juice may have an immediate impact on lowering blood pressure, according to a new study. The study shows that within hours of drinking it, beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by an average of 4-5 points amo

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  7. Smoking Doubles Women’s Sudden Death Risk

    Dec. 11, 2012 -- Smoking cigarettes may more than double a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death. But quitting can reduce that risk significantly over time, according to a new study. Sudden cardiac death is a sudden, unexpected death caused by loss of heart function. It is the leading cause of heart-

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  8. Brown Fat Transplants May Spur Weight Loss

    Dec. 10, 2012 -- Mice given brown fat transplants lose weight and avoid the kinds of metabolic changes that lead to type 2 diabetes, even on high-fat diets, a new study shows. Scientists hope the same approach may one day lead to treatments for obesity and diabetes in people. Unlike white fat, which

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  9. Healthy Diet Helps Damaged Hearts

    Dec. 5, 2012 -- It’s never too late to start reaping the benefits of a heart-healthy diet. A new study shows older people with established heart disease who ate the most heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts had a much lower risk of dying or having another heart attack or str

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  10. Firm Stops Making Generic Lipitor After Recall

    Nov. 30, 2012 -- After recalling 41 lots of its generic Lipitor -- atorvastatin -- the FDA says Ranbaxy Inc. will stop making the drug "until it has thoroughly investigated" how glass particles got into the medication. Although Ranbaxy supplied more than 40% of the generic cholesterol-lowering drug

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