Archive for January, 2010

There may well be another important reason for giving your sweetheart chocolate for Valentine’s Day besides the traditional romantic one: The “chocolate cure” for emotional stress is now getting new support from a clinical trial published online in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research. It found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark […]

Obstructive sleep apnea and cardiovascular risk If you’re a loud snorer who doesn’t feel rested enough during the day, you may be unwittingly putting your heart at risk. That’s because you could have untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a disorder directly linked to several cardiovascular syndromes that cause premature death. OSA, in which the upper […]

Even healthy people exposed to ultrafine particulate pollution associated with traffic and fossil-fuel combustion for just two hours show changes in heart rhythm (long QT) and evidence of blood clot formation that may herald the potential for serious cardiac events, according to research from the Environmental Protection Agency. The study was published in the American […]

Heart murmurs in children may be more common than you think. A pediatric cardiologist explains below when to be concerned and when to wait. “Finding out that your child has a heart murmur causes a great deal of anxiety,” said Dr. Louis Bezold, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of pediatric cardiology, […] – Athletes put less strain on their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while making a cut on a natural grass surface while wearing a cleat. This is the conclusion from a study by investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) that tested the strain placed on the ACL of four different shoe-surface interactions: Astroturf/turf shoe, […] – When treating the pain and inflammation of swimmer’s ear, antibiotic drops alone are the most effective — and safest – therapy, finds a new evidence-based Cochrane review of studies. These findings might reduce the use of oral antibiotics, still prescribed in many cases of acute otitis externa — commonly known as swimmer’s ear […]