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Protect your liver and heart cells from damage

Carl Lowe:A widespread lifestyle mistake can put your liver and heart cells at risk. But a study at the Medical College of Wisconsin shows how you can start protecting your organs from irreparable harm.

The problem that endangers your health is overwork and burning the midnight oil. The research in Wisconsin has identified specific cellular damage and injury to cellular genetic material associated with insufficient sleep and pushing yourself too hard to get work done.

Teach your DNA to protect your heart

By Lowe: Just because certain health problems run in your family doesn’t doom you to unavoidable illness. For instance, you can teach your DNA to protect your heart health and keep your metabolism behaving properly even if your relatives all have heart disease and diabetes.

The way to teach your DNA to behave better: Get outside or go to the gym and do aerobic exercise.

Research at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden demonstrates doing aerobic activities like jogging or cycling produces what are called epigenetic changes in your muscles.
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Drop dead: Marathons can be bad for your heart


Marathon running is usually thought to be one of the healthiest activities that athletes participate in but there are too many cases where runners in a marathon die from cardiac problems before or just after finishing the race. The heart, like any muscle, needs to be exercised and taken care of to make sure it is operating at the best level for the individual involved. However, if it is made to work too hard the resulting stress can cause it to fail or beat improperly, causing irreparable damage and in some cases quick death.

Vitamin D prevents arterial plaque in diabetics to lower heart disease risk


Diabetics' risk of developing heart disease or suffering a fatal heart attack are nearly doubled due to the devastating effect of insulin dysfunction and high blood glucose levels. Experts estimate that as many as one in three Americans will be affected by diabetes through the year 2050, a strong indicator that rates of cardiovascular disease and death from heart attack will skyrocket in a linear fashion. Fortunately, diabetes and heart disease are preventable through proper diet, physical activity, lifestyle alterations and a host of natural compounds including vitamin D.

Diet dramatically effects progression of heart failure, study finds


A new cardiovascular study from the University of Michigan is looking beyond modern western medicine. Pharmaceutical drugs for hypertension just aren't the long term answer, as many researchers look to dietary needs to solve heart health problems.
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Studies Find Flu Shots Can Harm Your Heart, Infant And Fetus


Flu vaccines, according to the best scientific evidence available today, will only work against 10% of the circulating viruses that cause the symptoms of seasonal epidemic influenza. Additionally, flu vaccines have been found to elicit inflammatory reactions that may harm the human heart, the developing fetus, and the fragile immune systems of our infants. So, do the theoretical benefits really outweigh the known harms?

It’s in an Apple, It May Protect Your Heart, and It’s Causing Excitement


Harvard researchers have found that a flavonoid compound in apples called rutin (it’s also found in onions, buckwheat, citrus fruits, and tea) has powerful properties that prevents blood clots in heart vessels. Rutin could prevent both the arterial clots that cause heart attacks and strokes and the venous clots that cause deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. So it works far better than existing anticlotting drugs, which only prevent clots in one or the other, and is much safer. This is getting the drug industry very interested.
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Breaking News! Hand soap can cause heart failure


The newest studies show that triclosan – a toxic chemical agent found in many consumer products – impairs the ability of heart muscle fibers to contract. In the presence of triclosan – normal calcium channels are impaired and cause cardiac muscle failure. If you use soap or any other personal care products – watch out for triclosan – it’s worse than you’ve been told.
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