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Heart Shaped Fruits and Vegetables

Heart-Shaped Fruits and Vegetables Are Good for the Heart

When it comes to nutrition, it can be tough remembering which foods are good for you, let alone what parts of the body they benefit. Foods that are high in iron, such as lean red meat, turkey, egg yolks, dried beans, dried fruit, and whole grains, contribute to healthy hair; omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish are good for the skin; and probiotics in low-fat plain yogurt are good for the stomach. But who can remember all that?

Smartphones Now Instant Heart Rate Monitors

Smartphones Now Instant Heart Rate Monitors

Smart phones are getting smarter all the time, but this time, they are getting healthier as well. There are more than 43,000 apps that focus on health, and heart monitoring apps are among the most popular. The new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone even has a heart rate monitor built directly into the back of the device. Rumor has it, however, that Apple is trying to take heart monitoring to the next level by even being able to predict heart attacks with their devices. Here’s what you need to know about the latest heart monitoring smartphone tools.

Inexpensive Drug Costing Less Than Three Dollars May Minimize Damage from Heart Attack

Inexpensive Drug Costing Less Than Three Dollars May Minimize Damage from Heart Attack

Collaborative Study by Spain and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Shows Potential Benefits of Administering Beta-Blocker Medication to Heart Attack Patients in Ambulance

Early treatment of heart attack patients with an inexpensive beta-blocker drug called metoprolol, while in transit to the hospital, can significantly reduce damage to the heart during a myocardial infarction, according to clinical trial study results published Oct. 1 in the journal Circulation. The study was a collaboration between Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Spain and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

Sleep Better, Look Better

Sleep Better, Look Better? New Research Says Yes

First scientific look at how sleep apnea treatment affects appearance — alertness, youthfulness attractiveness — may help patients stick with care

Getting treatment for a common sleep problem may do more than help you sleep better – it may help you look better over the long term, too, according to a new research study from the University of Michigan Health System and Michigan Technological University.

Sugar Toxic to Mice in 'Safe' Doses

Sugar Toxic to Mice in ‘Safe’ Doses

When mice ate a diet of 25 percent extra sugar – the mouse equivalent of a healthy human diet plus three cans of soda daily – females died at twice the normal rate and males were a quarter less likely to hold territory and reproduce, according to a toxicity test developed at the University of Utah.

Acid Reflux Drug May Cause Heart Disease

Acid Reflux Drug May Cause Heart Disease

Acid Reflux Drugs that help millions of people cope may also cause cardiovascular disease, report scientists from Houston Methodist Hospital and two other institutions in an upcoming issue of Circulation (now online). It is the first time researchers have shown how proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, might cause cardiovascular problems.

In human tissue and mouse models, the researchers found PPIs caused the constriction of blood vessels. If taken regularly, PPIs could lead to a variety of cardiovascular problems over time, including hypertension and a weakened heart. In the paper, the scientists call for a broad, large-scale study to determine whether PPIs are dangerous.

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