November 17, 2011 More than three-quarters of Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020 if current behavior continues, new research days. Rates of diabetes would rise, too. That's bad news for cardiovascular health, despite the fact that people are doing better at avoiding smoking, and other risks.
November 16, 2011 A Texas law signed by Gov. Rick Perry made it mandatory for health insurers to reimburse patients up to $200 for CT scans and ultrasound tests to look for heart trouble. Texas, it turns out, is No. 4 in the nation when it comes health insurance mandates.
November 11, 2011 One more needle stick: Children will now need a cholesterol test before they turn 12. Blame rising obesity rates for that. The goal is to find children with high cholesterol and treat them, mostly with diet and exercise, to reduce the risk of heart disease as adults.
November 3, 2011 Listening to the right song helps paramedics give CPR at the right rate. But don't install a jukebox in the ambulance just yet. Musical accompaniment may lead people to press incorrectly even when they press often enough.
November 2, 2011 Even if people used bikes to run short errands than half the time, it could save more than 1,100 lives a year in 11 Midwestern cities, thanks to reduced air pollution and improved health. That's the word from scientists at the University of Wisconsin, who figured people would bike 4 months out of the year.
November 1, 2011 ADHD drugs like Ritalin don't pose a big risk of dangerous cardiovascular problems, according to new research. But the risk could still be doubled for the 2.7 million children taking stimulant drugs to treat the symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
October 19, 2011 A decline in the admission of Medicare patients to hospitals for treatment of heart failure saves at least $4.1 billion a year, a new study finds. Better treatment of coronary artery disease and high blood pressure may help explain the decline.
October 12, 2011 Researchers found conflicts of interest were prevalent among experts who served on 14 U.S. and Canadian panels that came up with guidelines for the treatment of diabetes and high cholesterol between 2000 and 2010.
September 13, 2011 Federal officials say it's time to try harder on some proven approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease. Within five years such things as better treatment of high blood pressure could make a big difference.
September 2, 2011 The slow, shuffling walk of old age may be caused by invisible problems with tiny blood vessels in the brain. One-third of people who tested normal during life were found to have these tiny abnormalities in blood vessels at autopsy.
August 31, 2011 Chance are good that you consumed something sugary (or high fructose corn syrupy) in the last day. On any particular day, half the people in the U.S. drink a soda, fruit or sports drink, or similar calorie-rich beverage.
August 29, 2011 Chocolate still isn't proven to prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. But people who eat a lot of it are less likely to have those health problems, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. The fat and sugar in chocolate treats may negate any health benefits in chocolate.
August 25, 2011 The FDA says doctors should not treat patients with doses of the antidepressant Celexa in excess of 40 milligrams a day. Doses higher than that raise the risk for abnormal heart rhythms.
August 24, 2011 Britain's health-quality institute says the good old blood pressure cuff is no longer good enough to accurately diagnose hypertension. The British now recommend that people with a high reading should also have an ambulatory test, wearing a blood-pressure monitor for 24 hours.
August 23, 2011 In just five years hospitals and doctors across the country have made remarkable progress in speeding up treatment. The median time for patients to get a potentially life-saving treatment dropped to 64 minutes in 2010 from 96 minutes in 2005.