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Friday, March 27, 2015

Heart Research: Vitamin D clogged arteries ♦ Number of births may affect mom's future heart health ♦ Spontaneous coronary artery disease inherited

Vitamin D prevents diabetes and clogged arteries in mice   Vitamin D deficiency is linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and both disorders are rooted in chronic inflammation. Now, studying mice that lack the ability to process vitamin D in immune cells involved in inflammation, researchers found that the animals made excess glucose, Continue Reading
Number of births may affect mom's future heart health, Women who give birth to four or more children are more likely to have cardiovascular changes that can be early indicators of heart disease than women who have fewer children, Continue Reading
Spontaneous coronary artery disease inherited  A familial association in spontaneous coronary artery dissection, a type of heart attack that most commonly affects younger women, has been identified by researchers, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition. Continue Reading
Study adds evidence on link between PTSD, heart disease  In a study of more than 8,000 veterans in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, those with posttraumatic stress disorder had a nearly 50 percent greater risk of developing heart failure. Copntinue Reading
How the Human Immune System Keeps TB at Bay  A new tissue culture model using human white blood cells shows how people with a latent -- or symptom-free -- tuberculosis infection are protected from active disease by a critical early step in their immune response, researchers say.Continue Reading

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