January 11, 2012

A Broken Heart

1 Heart Attack Risk Up After Death of Loved One

The risk of having a heart attack rises after losing a loved one and remains elevated for at least a month, finds a study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The risk increases by about 21 times in the first 24 hours following the loss, remains elevated at eight times above normal during the first week after the death and slowly declines over the course of a month. "Bereavement and grief are associated with increased feelings of depression, anxiety and anger, and those have been shown to be associated with increases in heart rate and blood pressure, and changes in the blood that make it more likely to clot, all of which can lead to a heart attack," says lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky. The study gives new meaning to the term “a broken heart.”

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Blood Pressure, Depression, Heart Attack Risk, Heart Rate, Bereavement, Grief, Elizabeth Mostofsky

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End of Road for Twinkie, No Way!

2 Twinkie, Wonder Bread Live Despite Bankruptcy

In the junk food world, there's no touching the Twinkie, and the iconic brand from Hostess is likely to survive the company's bankruptcy, say experts. CNN Money reports that Hostess filed bankruptcy this morning, but interested buyers are already looking into possibly repurposing Twinkie, Ding Dong and Wonder Bread into other consumer products. While Hostess is still making Twinkies, some experts are wondering whether the company can survive. This is the second bankruptcy for the king of snack cakes. Lovers of Wonder Bread and Hostess snacks shouldn't worry too much though. CNN Money says that iconic brands like Twinkie are likely to live on, even if Hostess does not.

More at CNN Money | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hostess Bankruptcy, Twinkie Bankrupt, Wonder Bread, Ding Dong Bankruptcy, Will Twinkie Survive, Repurposing Twinkie

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The More the Merrier

3 Coffee Lowers Diabetes Risk

Researchers from China have discovered that the consumption of coffee is related to a lowered risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. In the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Ling Zheng, Kun Huang and colleagues explain that some compounds in coffee, including caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid, appear to block substances in the body that contribute to the process that leads to inadequate insulin levels and high blood sugar. The team says that people who drink four or more cups daily have a 50 percent lower risk of developing the condition and every additional cup brings another decrease in risk of almost 7 percent. Caffeine did not appear to have an effect, so it is suspected that both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee would have benefits.

More at American Chemical Society | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Caffeine Linked to Lower Depression Risk in Women, Lots of Coffee Reduces Endometrial Cancer Risk

Tags: Caffeine, Coffee, Coffee Benefits, Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Caffeic Acid

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