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Heart Disease & Alternative Therapy

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Reuters reports a new study published in Clinical Nutrition which found that adding curcumin into the diets of patients at risk for heart disease may lower inflammation levels. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and has been used for a long time in Asian countries due to its medicinal properties which, until now, have only been revealed in animal studies. More than one hundred metabolic syndrome patients were enrolled in the study, and half  of them were given pills containing a gram of curcumin powder while the other half received a placebo pill. The participants took the pills everyday for eight weeks. Those who took the curcumin pills showed improved blood levels for biomarkers that indicate inflammation levels.

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Statin Therapy

With ongoing debates over the effectiveness of statin drugs for women, Reuters reports a study published in The Lancet which found that statin drugs do reduce heart risk factors as effectively for females as for males. The analysis included data on more than 174,000 patients, and measured the reduction in bad cholesterol levels during one year on statin drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor. The reduction levels proved to be identical for both men and women. This provides valuable information to clinicians treating female patients that they can apply the same considerations in prescribing statin medications as they do for males.

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Medical Device Advancements

According to Reuters, a non-invasive aortic valve replacement system from Medtronic led to fewer deaths than open heart surgery after one year in patients who had undergone coronary bypass surgeries in the past. Replacing a diseased valve with the CoreValve system resulted in the death of 11.4 percent of high-risk patients within one year, compared to 21.8 percent of high-risk patients who had a valve replaced surgically. The Medtronic device exhibited vital clinical advantages such as faster recovery compared to the surgical procedure and offering clinicians an option other than invasive and risky open heart surgery.

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Puberty & Sugar Intake

According to CBS News, a study published in the journal Human Reproduction reports that young girls who consume drinks with a high sugar content may start menstruating earlier than girls who do not. The authors observed close to 5,600 girls aged nine to 14 for 5 years and found that those with a daily intake of more than 1.5 servings of sugary drinks had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who drank two or fewer sugary drinks per week. These findings are significant as early menarche is a known risk factor for adolescent depression and breast cancer later on.

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