August 15, 2014

4 Times the Overall Rate

1 South Asians’ Sky High Heart Attack Risk

Stanford University has announced the establishment of a program to focus on heart disease among South Asian Americans, prompted by statistics showing that people from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka run four times the risk of heart attack compared to the general population, suffer heart attacks at earlier ages, and are more likely to be killed by them. Other telling statistics: Nearly one-third of all deaths of South Asians due to heart disease occur before the age of 65, compared to just 15 percent in the population overall, and Indian males are especially vulnerable early on, with half of their heart attacks striking before age 50 and 25 percent before age 40. South Asians are at increased risk with even slightly high cholesterol levels and BMI numbers.

More at Sfchronicle.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Upbeat People Less Likely to Have Heart Disease

Tags: Heart Disease, Heart Disease and Ethnicity, South Asians and Heart Disease, Stanford University South Asian Heart Program

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Scammers Take Advantage

2 Fake Ebola Treatments Sold Online

Online scammers are claiming they have products that will treat or prevent infection with the Ebola virus, but the FDA warns consumers that no such product exists. The FDA says that they've received consumer complaints about several products that claim to prevent or treat Ebola, a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. However, there's no FDA-approved vaccine or drug for Ebola. The supply of experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments is very limited, and they're not sold online. The CDC says that Ebola doesn't pose a significant risk to the U.S. public.

More at FDA | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Ebola Drug ZMapp Saves Americans

Tags: Fake Drugs Sold Online, Fraudulent Products, Fake Ebola Drugs, FDA Warning Ebola Drugs

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Mississippi Wins the Soda Prize

3 Almost 1 in 5 Americans Drink a Soda a Day

Seventeen percent of American adults drink at least one sugary soda each day, finds a new study from the CDC involving 18 states. Soda consumption rates varied across the states, but Mississippi had the highest rate of non-diet soda consumption with 32 percent of adults drinking at least one a day. In Tennessee, 30 percent of adults drank a soda daily, while only 12 percent of adults in New York State and Hawaii had such a habit. The study found that around one in four adults aged 18 to 34 consumed one or more sodas daily, but that number dropped to only 10 percent for people 55 years and older. Men were more likely to drink sodas (21 percent), compared to women (13.5 percent). The research was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

More at WebMD | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Penny an Ounce Soda Tax Flames Out

Tags: Soda Addiction, Soda and Calories, Soda Consumption, Mississippi Highest Soda Consumption

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