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December 19, 2006 |
Dr. Robert W. Wissler, 89, a cardiovascular researcher who led the first study to link smoking and blood cholesterol levels to hardening of the arteries in young men, died Nov. 28 in Chicago. Wissler, who taught pathology at the University of Chicago, led a research team that examined autopsies of 300 white men, ages 15 to 34, who died unexpectedly but had no history of chronic disease.
October 19, 2006 |
The increasingly common practice of preventing strokes by using wire mesh stents to prop open neck arteries is much riskier than the traditional method of surgically removing plaque and should be curtailed, according to two large European studies. Patients receiving the stents were nearly 2 1/2 times as likely to have a stroke or die, French researchers reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
October 11, 2006 |
People with psoriasis may have an elevated risk of heart attacks, researchers report today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. In recent years, a succession of studies has shown that psoriasis -- a chronic, inflammatory skin condition marked by reddish lesions that can become covered with silvery scales -- is triggered by an immune system gone awry. It is estimated that the disorder affects 2% to 3% of the U.S. population. About 150,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.
September 6, 2006 |
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was hospitalized over the weekend to have a new stent put in a coronary artery, court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said Tuesday. "There was no evidence of heart damage," she said, describing the procedure as routine. Kennedy, a 70-year-old native of Sacramento, emerged this year as the swing vote on the closely divided court after the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
July 20, 2006 |
Enron's founder Kenneth Lay had severely clogged arteries when he died in Colorado this month while awaiting sentencing for his role in the collapse of the energy company, according to an autopsy report. The autopsy showed that three of Lay's arteries were 90% blocked. The examination was performed by forensic pathologist Robert Kurtzman, who previously told reporters that Lay died of cardiovascular disease. Lay, who was 64, was facing decades in prison. He was due to be sentenced in October.
June 14, 2006 |
An influential consumer group wants to put KFC's fat in the fire. The Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to end KFC's use of partially hydrogenated oil in fried chicken and other dishes. If it comes up short, the group wants the District of Columbia Superior Court, where the suit was filed, to order KFC to post signs notifying customers that many of the chain's foods are high in trans fat.
April 17, 2006 |
The great virtue -- or perhaps drawback -- of McDonald's and KFC is that the food is pretty much the same the world over. But a new study suggests the fries and the chicken served in the United States may have much more artery-clogging trans fat. The chief reason, researchers say, is the type of frying oil used: partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is high in these fats.
March 14, 2006 |
Intensive doses of a cholesterol-lowering statin drug have for the first time cleared sticky plaque lodged in arteries, opening the possibility of a nonsurgical method of treating the major cause of heart attacks, researchers reported Monday. The results were seen in a study of 500 patients taking the highest recommended dosage of Crestor -- 40 milligrams -- quadruple the typical starting dose of 10 milligrams.
December 9, 2005 |
Boston Scientific Corp. said it was recalling 40,000 devices used to treat blocked coronary arteries, saying it had received eight complaints that the end of the device became detached as it was removed from the patient, requiring more surgery in three cases. The recall affects all Flextome cutting angioplasty balloon devices that the Food and Drug Administration approved in September.
November 7, 2005 |
LIKE a kind of pharmaceutical Drano, drugs that increase levels of the so-called good, or HDL, cholesterol may soon be able to clear our blood vessels of artery-clogging gunk. About half a dozen HDL-raising treatments are at various stages of development, and if any of them prove effective, they could revolutionize heart disease treatment the same way that cholesterol-lowering statins did nearly two decades ago. "Boosting HDL ... is the next frontier in heart disease prevention," says Dr.