PTSD May Raise Risk for Irregular Heartbeat, Says Research

PTSD May Raise Risk for Irregular Heartbeat, Says Research


For reasons that aren’t yet clear, people who battle PTSD may also be at heightened risk for the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, researchers report.

It’s the first time a connection has been made between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and “A-fib,” which typically arises with age and is the most common type of heart rhythm problem. A-fib can raise a person’s odds for a stroke, and has previously been linked with high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and sleep apnea. > >> read more ...

Research Finds Family History Tied to Childhood Obesity

Research Finds Family History Tied to Childhood Obesity


New European research has revealed that a family history of health conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure could be key risk factors for the development of childhood obesity. 

Carried out by the University of Messina, Italy, the study set out to investigate if a family history of obesity and cardiometabolic diseases could influence the onset and severity of childhood obesity.

The researchers looked at 260 overweight and obese children aged between two and 17 years old and carried out a medical assessment on each participant. > >> read more ...

Want to Live a Long Life? Eat Less, New Research Suggests

Want to Live a Long Life? Eat Less, New Research Suggests


Putting just a bit less on your dinner plate each day might be key to a longer life, preliminary research suggests.

People who reduced their caloric intake by just 15 percent over two years experienced a significant decrease in their metabolism, according to a small clinical trial.

These folks also saw improvements in biomarkers associated with slower aging and longer life span, said lead researcher Leanne Redman. She’s an associate professor of clinical sciences at Pennington Biomedical Research in Baton Rouge, La. > >> read more ...

GOP Leaders Agree to Lift CDC Ban on Gun Violence Research

GOP Leaders Agree to Lift CDC Ban on Gun Violence Research


Republican leaders agreed to issue a provision in the government funding package to clarify an amendment to make clear the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not prohibited from researching gun violence, The Hill reported.

The omnibus spending package will not repeal a 1996 amendment from the late Rep. Jay Dickey, R-Ark., which has been renewed each year, the Hill reported.

The so-called Dickey Amendment says “None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.” > >> read more ...

Promising New Alzheimer’s Research Suggests Dementia Can Be Reversed

Promising New Alzheimer’s Research Suggests Dementia Can Be Reversed


After decades of disappointing findings in new Alzheimer’s disease research, scientists have hit on what many experts believe is a promising new way to reverse the condition that could be a game changer in treating the memory-robbing disorder.

A new Cleveland Clinic study found that amyloid protein plaques that accumulate in the brain, which are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s, were eliminated when a researchers removed a naturally occurring enzyme — called BACE1 — from the brains of mice genetically engineered to have a rodent form of the disease. > >> read more ...

Why Dog Owners Live Longer: New Research

Why Dog Owners Live Longer: New Research


Here’s a new reason dogs are considered man’s – and woman’s – best friend: A team of Swedish researchers has found that dog owners tend to live longer.

The researchers followed more than three million people with no history of heart disease over a 12 year period. Remarkably, dog owners had a 20 percent lower risk of premature death than non-dog owners.

In fact, the Swedish study found that dog owners had a 33 percent lower risk of death and an eight percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease. > >> read more ...

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