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More education may mean a longer, healthier life

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A tuition-free college education has become a reality in places like New York, San Francisco and other areas nationwide — a deal that may also bestow a longer, healthier life to graduates.

Federal statistics show that, on average, 25-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree live […]

Clues behind how air pollution affects the heart and metabolic health

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The fine particles found in air pollution can cause high stress hormone levels and other negative cellular-level changes, according to a study released Monday that is peeling back the layers on why air pollution exposure can lead to heart disease.

The first-of-its-kind study published in the […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

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Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

How virtual reality is changing cardiovascular care

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Virtual reality has been a staple of science fiction ever since Stanley G. Weinbaum wrote about high-tech goggles in 1935’s Pygmalion’s Spectacles. Now that virtual reality has become actual reality, it’s slowly but surely revolutionizing the treatment of heart disease and stroke.

“In the […]

The future of heart disease prevention? How your genome expresses itself

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The breakthrough made headlines in 2003: Scientists had mapped the DNA sequence that makes up the genetic code of humans. Since then, scientific discoveries and transformative technologies have ushered in a genomic era that continues to peel back layers of information about traits and diseases […]

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

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Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson.

To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds.

“It’s about trying to do […]

First long-term health study of LGBTQ underway in U.S.

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Korvin Bothwell searched for health information about transgender people years before he made his transition in 2013, but it was scant. There wasn’t much more available after his transition when he wanted to learn more about the side effects of testosterone.

“I had a […]

Heart disease researchers look for ways to make medications more accessible

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Cardiovascular disease researchers and others from around the world met in South Africa this week to brainstorm how to help patients get access to medications that can help stave off the world’s No. 1 killer.

The investigators are members of the World Heart Federation’s Emerging Leaders program, […]

Survey: Heart disease isn’t top concern for women, doctors – even though it’s the No. 1 killer

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Despite being the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, cardiovascular disease is not the top concern for women – or physicians, according to a survey published Thursday.

The reasons? Social stigma about body weight that keeps women from talking about it with […]

A step closer to uncovering why women fare worse after heart attacks

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It’s one of the most vexing issues facing the treatment of heart disease: Why do women fare worse than men after suffering a heart attack?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Yet, women are more likely […]