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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Aromatherapy Linked to Benefits and Harms

    Nov. 29, 2012 -- A little aromatherapy may relieve stress, but long exposures to vaporized essential oils may actually harm your health, a small new study suggests. Researchers in Taiwan set up an experiment that was meant to mimic the conditions at a typical spa. They used a vaporizer to fill the a

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  6. Generic Lipitor Recall

    Nov. 26, 2012 -- Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., a major maker of generic Lipitor, has issued a massive recall of the cholesterol-cutting tablets, which may be contaminated with tiny glass shards. The recall covers 41 lots of atorvastatin, the generic version of Lipitor. Each lot contains thousands of

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  7. 11 Tips to Cut Your Cholesterol Fast

    How's your cholesterol? If you think that the normal reading you got back in 2004 (or earlier) means you're in the clear, think again: Levels of the artery-clogging substance often rise with age, and cardiologists say everyone 20 or older should be screened for high cholesterol at least once every f

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  8. Unemployment Takes Toll on the Heart

    Nov. 19, 2012 -- Unemployment and a history of job loss may raise the risk for heart attack, a new study suggests. The risk of heart attack may be highest during the first year of unemployment. And the more jobs a person loses, the higher the risk, the study shows. The findings are published in the

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  9. New Drug to Lower 'Bad' Cholesterol Shows Promise

    Nov. 14, 2012 -- Adding an experimental biologic drug to a course of statin drugs can help lower LDL "bad" cholesterol even more, according to new research. "These drugs actually start where statins finish," says Evan Stein, MD, PhD, director of the Metabolic & Atherosclerosis Research Center in Cin

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  10. Transcendental Meditation May Lower Heart Risk

    Nov. 13, 2012 -- Transcendental Meditation is good for the heart, according to a new study. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. It found that African-Americans with heart disease who regularly practiced TM reduced their risk of death, heart attack, and stroke by 48%. Researche

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