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December 12, 2013 | By Peter Morgan
I should declare I have never been a fan of motor racing. I don't watch Formula One, the intricacies of engine refinement and lap times leave me cold, I don't even drive fast. So how come "Rush" ended up being an unusually personal screenplay to me? The answer is that the two racers at the heart of the story, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, represent in some way two halves of me. I was born the son of immigrant Germans and was brought up in the UK, teased as "a Kraut. " Jump forward 20 years, and I married an Austrian and live in Vienna, where now I am known as "a Brit.
December 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Remember when you were a kid, and would throw things at your siblings or friends, and your  mom would say, "Stop throwing things at people before you lose the right to play in a bowl game?" Well, Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown must not have been listening. Brown was suspended from playing in the Alamo Bowl for his role in a snowball fight that turned ugly, the school announced Monday. Oregon plays Texas in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. Brown was among a group of nearly 100 students hitting cars and drivers with snowballs on campus Friday.
December 3, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's fiery leftist leader, suffered a heart attack early Tuesday and was hospitalized in stable condition, doctors said. Lopez Obrador , a two-time presidential contender, former mayor of Mexico City and an increasingly contentious figure in Mexico's political scene, was “progressing satisfactorily,” Dr. Patricio Ortiz, a cardiologist, said in a brief news conference at the Medica Sur hospital. He will remain hospitalized for two to five days for recovery, Ortiz said.
November 28, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
The massive earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, and the tsunami that followed caused nearly 16,000 confirmed deaths, and more than 2,600 people are still missing and presumed dead, according to the National Police Agency. A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine adds to the casualty toll by confirming an increase in heart attacks in the weeks following the magnitude 9.0 quake. Researchers from Osaka University, Tokyo Women's Medical University and Kyoto University Health Service gathered data on heart attacks in Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi, the three prefectures most affected by the quake and tsunami that struck off the coast of Sendai.
November 26, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Apparently, not all pills got the memo about, first, doing no harm. Many formulations of common medications contain high levels of sodium, and a new study finds that people who take those medications are 22% more likely to suffer a non-fatal stroke and 28% more likely to die of any cause than people who take the same medications in formulations that do not contain sodium. Among the patients in the study who took medications containing sodium, the median daily sodium dose from those medicines  alone was 106.8 millimoles a day -- higher than recommended daily maximum dietary intake of 104 millimoles a day. The newest study on sodium in medicines was published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)
November 21, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
A study that culls health data for 1.8 million people over more than 57 years of research finds that controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose could halve the number of heart attacks attributable to being overweight or obese and pare the number of strokes linked to excess weight by 75%. In populations in which being overweight or obese are widespread, the new research offers a guide to which public health policies most effectively drive...
November 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
According to two respected medical organizations, up to twice as many of us - nearly a third of all adults - should be taking statins to avoid heart attack and stroke. But statins, the potent cholesterol-lowering medications of which Lipitor is the most famous brand name, also are associated with some difficult side effects, including most notably muscle pain. And once prescribed, they are generally taken for the rest of one's life. Last week, the American Heart Assn. and the American College of Cardiology concluded that the drug should be prescribed for people with at least a 7.5% chance of having a heart attack within the next decade, a lower threshold than before.
November 19, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
NeNe Leakes had a health scare, yes, but it wasn't a heart attack, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star said Tuesday.  "My arms are hurting wit these IV's #blessedtobealive," the reality TV star and actress tweeted Monday with a photo of her arms laden with tubing and tape.  On Tuesday, the 45-year-old clarified the situation with a post on her official website. "Late last week I wasn't feeling well and was feeling a little short of breath. I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out," Leakes wrote.
November 18, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Less than a week after the American Heart Assn. and the nation's cardiologists issued guidelines that would greatly expand the number of Americans taking a statin medication, the guidelines have been faulted for overestimating patients' risk of heart attack or stroke. Few authors of the new recommendations had even returned to their clinical practices before learning that an influential Harvard cardiologist and his biostatistician collaborator had taken the guidelines to task, arguing they use unreliable data on Americans' health to calculate which patients would benefit from taking the medication.
November 18, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Some of the nation's most influential cardiologists are challenging new recommendations that would greatly expand the number of Americans taking a statin medication to reduce their chances of a heart attack or stroke. The guidelines issued last week by the American Heart Assn. and the American College of Cardiology were accompanied by a "risk calculator" that was supposed to identify patients whose odds of suffering either a stroke or a heart attack over the next 10 years were judged to be at least 7.5%.
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