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American teens getting early start on heart disease risk, survey says

Teens Heart Disease - LA Times

The proportion of American adolescents who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and are free of risk factors for future heart disease is "alarmingly low," says a major new survey of teen health.


Virus rebuilds heart's own pacemaker


A pacemaker has been built inside a heart by converting beating muscle into cells which can control the organ's rhythm, US researchers report. The heartbeat is controlled by electrical signals and if these go awry the consequences can be fatal. Scientists injected a genetically-modified virus into guinea pigs to turn part of their heart into a new, working pacemaker.


Rat Made Into Jellyfish


Using rat heart cells and silicone polymer, researchers have bioengineered a "jellyfish" that knows how to swim. The odd jellyfish mimic, dubbed a "Medusoid" by its creators, is more than a curiosity. It's a natural biological pump, just like the human heart. That makes it a good model to use to study cardiac physiology, said study researcher Kevin Kit Parker, a bioengineer at Harvard University.


Cop dies during 3-way sex; widow awarded $3 million

William Martinez

A jury in Gwinett County, Ga., has awarded $3 million to the widow of an Atlanta police officer who died while having three-way sex, finding that his doctor was negligent in not properly diagnosing and treating his heart condition.

Senh: Good for the widow. At least she's getting a good payday for her husband's cheating.


FDA reviews heart valve that can go in without major surgery

Heart Valve

U.S. health officials are asking safety questions about the first artificial heart valve designed to be implanted without major surgery.


Well: For Some, Exercise May Increase Heart Risk


Could exercise actually be bad for some healthy people? A well-known group of researchers, including one who helped write the scientific paper justifying national guidelines that promote exercise for all, say the answer may be a qualified yes.


Scientists turn skin cells into beating heart muscle

Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition.


New global killers: heart, lung disease and cancer

What's killing us? For decades, global health leaders have focused on diseases that can spread - AIDS, tuberculosis, new flu bugs. They pushed for vaccines, better treatments and other ways to control germs that were only a plane ride away from seeding outbreaks anywhere in the world....


When extreme exercise turns deadly

When extreme exercise turns deadly

Competitors dive into the water at the start of the Hy-Vee Triathlon on Sunday, June 13, 2010, in West Des Moines, Iowa. On Sunday during the Nautica New York City Triathlon, two competitors experienced problems during the swim phase of the race, and later died.


Eating baked, broiled fish helps heart

For years, doctors have been telling their patients to eat more fish in order to boost heart health.


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