CVD News Watch November 28

November 28, 2008 by  

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Hope you are having a relaxing long weekend. Here’s your heart and stroke news round up.

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German doctors perform heart surgery sensation
Only 4 or 5 such operations are done each year and only the top heart surgeons do it. Still, the chances of survival are very low. Yet, 4-month old Katy May is alive and doing well. She was born with a heart anomaly wherein “her four-centimetre heart had turned 90 degrees in her body, causing her artery to shut off her windpipe.” If not operated upon, the baby would have died of suffocation. Another event to be thankful for at Thanksgiving.

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Bittersweet milestones
The elderly are rapidly aging and many are wondering whether this will be their last Thanksgiving. According to the US Bureau of the Census, there are currently more 60,000 in the country who are at least 100 years old and this figure is expected to increase. Unfortunately, people reaching that ripe age tend to be depressed. Better quality of life for centenarians may actually depend on their caregivers, doctors, and family members.

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Proof: high protein diet burns fat
Is this finally the answer to weight loss? Australian researchers report that protein-rich meals burn fat. This is great news because this means we can actually eat anything we want as long as they are high in protein and low in fat and sugar. According to the author, “forget the fad diets that are so fashionable these days. Instead, include lean protein from healthy foods like lean red meat, chicken and fish, legumes, eggs, nuts and reduced-fat dairy foods. People wanting individual advice on how much protein they need should see an Accredited Practising Dietitian.”

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Poorest Canadians more likely to enter hospital: report
A report based on the Canadian study Reducing Gaps in Health: A Focus on Socio-Economic Status in Urban Canada says that “poorer Canadians are more likely to enter hospital for health problems such as child asthma, mental illness and diabetes, including potentially preventable conditions.” This underlines a great need for prevention measures especially among the low socio-economic groups.

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Girl Survives Months Without Heart
This 14-year girl from Britain has been without a heart for almost four months now. D’Zhana Simmons is on a “bridging device”, a specially designed blood pumping device which enables her to live while waiting for a heart donor. Watch a video report on SkyNews by clicking here.

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