May 18, 2009 |
It turned a whole town into a research lab. It was the first to show the world that high cholesterol and obesity put people at risk for heart disease -- the first, in fact, to coin the very term "risk factor." And it still hasn't run out of juice. The longest-running heart health study in the world, the 60-year-old Framingham Heart Study, continues to mine its vast data set for causes or signs of heart trouble.
June 18, 1989
Joseph Stokes III, 64, one of the principal investigators of the world's longest-running heart study and the first dean of the medical school at UC San Diego. A cardiologist and epidemiologist, Stokes was an investigator for the renowned Framingham Heart Study which began in 1948 with 5,209 residents of the central Massachusetts city of Framingham. The project monitors patterns, causes and inhibitors of cardiovascular disease and remains the world's longest running project of its kind.
August 1, 2011 |
Pop quiz: Which of the following causes the brain to shrink? 1) diabetes 2) smoking 3) high blood pressure 4) being overweight in middle age? Answer: All four. That's the latest word from the famous Framingham Heart Study , an investigation of residents of a Massachusetts town that's been going on since 1948. This particular report, published in the journal Neurology, tracked 1,352 people with an average age of 54 for years. All were offspring of the original set of Framingham residents who agreed to join the study.
November 13, 2010 |
Having a relative who developed atrial fibrillation -- an uncontrolled fluttering of the heart that makes it difficult to pump blood -- before the age of 65 triples your risk of developing the condition, researchers said Saturday. If the relative develops the condition after the age of 65, your risk is increased by 40%, independent of other risk factors, they reported at a Chicago meeting of the American Heart Assn. and online in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Researchers knew that the risk of developing the disorder had a hereditary component, but they did not previously know how large the risk was. An estimated 2.2 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation, which is caused by erratic electrical signals triggering contractions of the heart.
July 8, 2010 |
Is sadness a sickness? It appears to spread like one, a new study has found. Researchers at Harvard University and MIT wanted to see if a mathematical model developed to track and predict the spread of infectious diseases such as SARS and foot-and-mouth disease could also apply to the spread of happiness -- and found that it worked. They used data collected from 1,880 subjects in the Framingham Heart Study, a long-term research effort that has followed subjects since 1948 (and added some new ones along the way)
December 31, 2004 |
The obesity epidemic is reaching down to the sandbox: More than 10% of U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight, the American Heart Assn. reported Thursday. That is up from 7% in 1994, according to the association's annual statistical report on heart disease and stroke. The 10% figure is for 2002, the most recent year for which statistics are available, and the situation is probably worse now, said Dr. Robert H. Eckel, president-elect of the heart association and a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado.