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Calum MacRae: The man behind the $75 million bid to wipe out coronary heart disease


BOSTON – During his first hour with this new patient – a woman who suffered a stroke in her 20s and now, in her 30s, grapples with debilitating migraines – Dr. Calum MacRae begins learning all about her.

He starts with typical questions, such as where it […]

Calum MacRae receives $75 million to pursue ‘One Brave Idea’ to beat coronary heart disease


After 25 years of conducting scientific research and treating patients, Dr. Calum MacRae was frustrated with the industry’s typical way of studying diseases. So he started formulating a radically different approach.

He envisioned adding to the mix a wide variety of new factors, such as the […]

One Brave Idea’s $75 million recipient to be named Wednesday


The leader of a new research team that will be awarded $75 million to take a non-traditional approach to wiping out coronary heart disease will be announced on Wednesday by the organizations behind the project – the American Heart Association, Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) […]

Dr. Joseph Hill takes over as editor-in-chief of scientific journal ‘Circulation’


 Dr. Joseph Hill says it’s both the best of times and the worst of times for him to assume the role of editor-in-chief of Circulation, the American Heart Association’s principal scientific journal.

“There’s never been a more exciting time in cardiovascular medicine: The arsenal of tools we now […]

Incoming AHA president Houser still driven by dad’s death from heart disease


PHILADELPHIA – Once he relinquished his dream of playing in the NBA, Steven Houser began studying to become a doctor. He was in his second year of medical school at Temple University when he received an unusual call from his mom.

“You’ve got to come home,” […]

AHA supporters donate millions for research


Longtime American Heart Association supporters David and Stevie Spina are donating $2.5 million to support research that would personalize ways to treat and prevent heart disease and stroke, the world’s top two killers.

The donation, announced in early March, supports the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study, which uses […]

Trans fat consumption is linked to diminished memory in working-aged adults

High trans fat consumption is linked to worse memory among working-age men, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In a recent study of approximately 1,000 healthy men, those who consumed the most trans fats showed notably worse performance on a word memory test. The […]

Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack

Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“Physicians should do all they can to control every other modifiable cardiovascular risk factor in patients with asthma,” said […]

Funding for medical research affects all

Investing more funds in medical research has been shown to improve patient care and help the economy.

So why is more not being done?

That’s what scientists, patients and advocates are asking, but the answer is complicated.

The 2008 economic downturn had a negative effect on everyone’s funding, although science lagged  behind other […]

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FDA plan hopes to close health care disparity gap

The  Food and Drug Administration’s plan to increase the participation of women, minorities and the elderly in research trials was applauded Wednesday by four health care organizations as an important step toward closing the health care disparities gap. The groups called on the agency to implement the plan swiftly.

The […]