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Senate report cites previously known Avandia heart risks

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Avandia dangers to the heart cited in Senate report
The FDA has recently issued strong warnings about the risk of heart attack from taking drugs used to treat diabetes, including Avandia. Those warnings have existed for several years. Diabetics are already at higher risk for heart attack and heart disease because diabetes causes a lack of typical warning signs of heart attack. A Senate report cites the heart dangers of Avandia that include heart attack and heart failure. Read more

Enzyme found that keeps heart healthy
The enzyme calcineurin has been identified by researchers as a critical player in keeping the heart healthy as well as for normal heart development. In mouse studies, the enzyme was found to play a critical role in maintaining strength of heart contractions and normal heart rhythm. Read more

Marijuana for pain treatment found in first clinical trials in two decades
Researchers from California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) today presented findings to th…

Study review shows Vitamin D curbs risk of heart and metabolic disorders in older adults

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A new review from Wartick University researchers shows that higher levels of vitamin D starting in mid-life can substantially reduce the risk cardiometabolic disorders in older individuals. The researchers found that compared to people with lower levels of vitamin D, heart disease and Type II diabetes risk drops when higher levels of vitamin D are present in the body.

Foods that are fortified with vitamin D or with high levels that include salmon, tuna and mackerel can raise vitamin D levels, potentially fending off type II diabetes and heart disease. Taking supplements of vitamin D3 can also boost vitamin D levels.

The researchers analyzed 28 studies that included 99,745 participants to find that higher levels of vitamin D yielded a 33 percent reduction in the risk of heart disease, and a 55 percent lower risk of developing Type II diabetes among men and women from various ethnicities.

The chances of developing metabolic syndrome declined by 51 percent for older adults with higher leve…

Anti-aging dietary cocktail explored by scientists

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Scientists at McMaster University have discovered a mix of ingredients found in the grocery store that they say might help keep us young. A cocktail of ingredients made from common dietary supplements available from a local supermarket were found to stop signs of aging in mice, and could lead to the development of anti-aging supplements.

The cocktail developed by the researches had powerful results that helped with common symptoms of aging including mobility, declines in cognitive function, and mortality.

The dietary cocktail that could prevent signs of aging included vitamins B1, C, D, E, acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), beta carotene, folic acid, garlic, ginger root, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, green tea extract, magnesium, melatonin, potassium, cod liver oil, and flax seed oil. The combination of ingredients that might be useful in humans was chosen because of their individual effect on five mechanisms involved in the aging process.

The researchers point out that free radical damage corr…