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Friday, April 10, 2015

Cardiovascular Research: Pesticide exposure contributes risk of heart disease ♦ Strokes double the likelihood of attempted suicide ♦ Shorter height is linked to risk of coronary heart disease

Shorter height is directly associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease  A genetic approach has been used by researchers to show link between height and disease. "We have shown that the association between shorter height and higher risk of coronary heart disease is a primary relationship and is not due to confounding factors such as nutrition or poor socioeconomic conditions,"
Pesticide exposure contributes to heightened risk of heart disease  Pesticide exposure, not obesity alone, can contribute to increased cardiovascular disease risk and inflammation in premenopausal women, according to a new study
A grateful heart is a healthier heart  Recognizing and giving thanks for the positive aspects of life can result in improved mental, and ultimately physical, health in patients with asymptomatic heart failure, according to new research.
Strokes can double the likelihood of attempted suicide  Stroke patients can be up to twice as likely to commit suicide compared with the rest of the population, and the risk of attempted suicide is highest within the first two years after a stroke. "The study shows the need of both psychological and social support, as well as concrete measures to prevent suicide attempts, in people who have had a stroke and are at high risk of attempted suicide. The initiatives must also be put in place at an early stage as the risk of attempted suicide is greatest up to two years after a stroke," said the study's leader

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