February 9, 2011

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1 Diet Soda a Day Increases Heart Attack Risk

Compared with people who never drink soda, those who consume diet soda each day may have a 61 percent increased risk of vascular events like stroke and heart attack, finds a nine-year study of more than 2,500 New Yorkers. The research findings were presented today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles. However, lead author Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine isn't ready to tell anyone to skip diet sodas after just one study. MSNBC reports that Gardener says more research is needed, and consumers who drink diet sodas should "stay tuned." She hopes that the new findings will encourage more research into the vascular connection of diet sodas.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Stroke Risk, Heart Attack Risks, Unusual Stroke Risk Factors, Are Diet Sodas Safe, Diet Soda Tied to Heart Attack, Diet Soda Tied to Strokes, Hannah Gardener, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference

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2 Fetal Spina Bifida Operations Offer Hope

Children with spina bifida may experience substantial improvements if they have surgery while still in the womb, say researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The landmark study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that the fetal surgery for spina bifida reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain and increases chances affected kids will be able to walk independently. "This is the first time in history that we can offer real hope to parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis of spina bifida," said N. Scott Adzick, M.D. Women who had the fetal surgery performed were at greater risk for giving birth prematurely and experiencing uterine scarring. The women would also need to have a cesarean section for any subsequent births.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Management of Myelomeningocele Study, Children's Hospital's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, Surgery in the Womb, Spina Bifida, Birth Defect of the Spine

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Up in the Young, Down in the Old

3 Strokes Increase in People under 65

A new study revealed that strokes increased by 15 and 17 percent in men and women ages 15 to 34, respectively. They increased by 47 percent in men 35 to 44 and 36 percent in women of the same age group. Although researchers are alarmed, this study demonstrates what they hypothesized for some time- the obesity epidemic would result in an increase in cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Even though strokes are still much more common in people over 65, researchers found that there was a 25 percent decrease in men over 65 and 28 percent in women over 65. Researchers think better awareness of symptoms and screening in young people may explain some of the increase, while better prevention and treatment of factors that can increase strokes in older people account for the decreases they observed.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: US Obesity Rates Rise Again

Tags: Obesity, Stroke, Stroke in People under 65

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