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When high cholesterol is a family affair

In the United States, 73.5 million adults have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol. Yet not even half are getting treatment to lower their levels. Patients who experience high cholesterol due to an inherited genetic disorder from one of their...

source: By Dorothy L. Tengler
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The sales pitch came fast and loud. "Sixty-second CPR! Sixty-second CPR!" Robin Green shouted from behind a small table at a health fair in the atrium of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters. The veteran D.C. paramedic soon had government contractors,...

source: The Washington Post

A study in the American Journal of Critical Care found a remarkably high prevalence of delirium in a small cohort of critically ill patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest. The research team conducted...

source: The Medical News

More people are finding the opportunity to save lives at airports across the countryTravelers can now learn hands-only CPR in just a few minutes at five airport kiosks that provide quick lessons and practice using a video touch-screen...

source: American Heart Association

At 31, Kristi Soule blacked out. Doctors initially diagnosed her with a heart attack. But after eight days in the hospital, doctors discovered a viral infection had attacked her heart and greatly decreased its function. After that, Soule started paying more attention to...

source: American Heart Association

Scientists have created a synthetic stingray that's propelled by living muscle cells and controlled by light, a team reports in the journal Science. And it should be possible to build an artificial heart using some of the same techniques, the researchers say. Previous artificial...

source: National Public Radio

A medical implant that slowly dissolves into the body could be the answer to long-standing safety concerns with devices used to treat clogged arteries. But not so fast, say experts. Abbott Laboratories' newly-approved Absorb stent comes with one important caveat: it hasn't...

source: The Associated Press via ABC News


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