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Here`s why your heart keeps going out of rhythm after therapy

Here`s why your heart keeps going out of rhythm after therapy

Ablation procedures may not always fix a patient's abnormal heart rhythm completely and now, a recent study has found as to why it is so.

Researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City have found that certain molecules are associated with the recurrence of atrial fibrillation in some patients after therapy.

These molecules, known as circulating microRNA, have the promise of becoming screening tools to help determine which patients will benefit from various therapies, the team found.

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The clot-busting drug that outperforms aspirin

The clot-busting drug that outperforms aspirin

Turns out, the blood thinner rivaroxaban is as safe as aspirin and more effective clot-buster.

Venous thromboembolism is a chronic disease, with risks of additional blood clots over a patient's lifetime. However, many physicians and patients are deciding against long-term treatment with blood thinners because of concern about the risk of bleeding. Some are choosing aspirin instead because they consider it to be safer.

The large international study of 3,396 patients with venous thromboembolism in 31 countries shows, however, that rivaroxaban is more effective than aspirin.

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Sexual abuse may accelerate early puberty in girls: Study

Sexual abuse may accelerate early puberty in girls: Study

A study reveals that girls, who experience physical abuse early in life, may hit puberty eight to 12 months earlier than their non-abused peers, thus increasing their chances of developing depression, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

According to researchers, sexual abuse in particular forces the children to physically mature at a faster rate, which is linked to breast and ovarian cancers due to the increased exposure to the hormone estrogen over a longer period.

Drug, alcohol problem leads to increased suicide in veterans

Drug, alcohol problem leads to increased suicide in veterans

According to a new study, veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades.

The research published in the journal Addiction finds highest suicide risks are among those, who misuse prescription sedative medicines, such as tranquilizers. Women veterans who misuse opioid drugs also have an especially high risk of suicide.

Higher use of Social Media can lead to brain imbalance, says Study

Higher use of Social Media can lead to brain imbalance, says Study

Are you one of those people, who frequently check Facebook or Twitter, even while driving or in a meeting? Well, you might have to think about it now.

According to a new study, whenever there is an imbalance between two cognitive-behavioral systems in the human brain, there is a higher rate of problematic use of social networking sites (SNS).

The study got published in Journal of Management Information Systems.

New drug in combo with statins can cut cholesterol

New drug in combo with statins can cut cholesterol

A new class of cholesterol-lowering drug can help patients cut their risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attack.

In a trial of more than 27,000 patients, researchers found that taking monthly or twice-monthly injections of the medication, called evolocumab, on top of statins could cut cholesterol levels by almost 60 percent on average in patients with an underlying risk of cardiovascular disease.

New 'gene silencer' cholesterol drug can 'switch off' heart disease

New 'gene silencer' cholesterol drug can 'switch off' heart disease

A breakthrough ' gene silencer' drug has the power to 'switch off' heart disease by reducing cholesterol by over 50 percent.

The findings come from the largest trial yet to test the safety and effectiveness of this kind of therapy. The technique, known as RNA interference (RNAi) therapy, essentially 'switches off' one of the genes responsible for elevated cholesterol.

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Restoring Pluto's planetary identity in crisis

Restoring Pluto's planetary identity in crisis

A decade after Pluto was ousted from the planet lineup, a supporter of the now dwarf planet is fighting to restore its title.

Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet.

So, he said, is Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter, and so is the Earth's moon, and so are more than 100 other celestial bodies in our solar system that are denied this status under the prevailing definition of "planet."

Turns out, antithrombotic therapy can't keep offbeat hearts from wrecking

Turns out, antithrombotic therapy can't keep offbeat hearts from wrecking

If you are a low-risk atrial fibrillation patient, then you may want to steer clear of antithrombotic therapy as a recent study has suggested that it doesn't cut the chances of suffering a stroke within five years.

In fact, researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City found that low-risk patients fared better without any antithrombotic therapy.

Antithrombotic agents are drugs that reduce the formation of blood clots. Antithrombotics can be used therapeutically for prevention or treatment of a dangerous blood clots.

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