Heart(y) news and events, October 2

October 2, 2009 by  

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worldnewsNews from the research front

“Rock Stars of Science”
The Geoffrey Beene Foundation has recently  launched the “Rock Stars of Science” (Rock S.O.S. for short), an initiative which the American Heart Association (AHA) commends. The campaign honors researchers dedicated to finding cures for heart disease and stroke and other chronic illnesses that impact millions of Americans and their loved ones. The real life rock stars like Sheryl Crow, SEAL, WILL.I.AM and Joe Perry joined the Rock S.O.S. the campaign to highlight the need for more support in biomedical research and “the unsung heroes in the fight for global health and disease prevention.”

Speeding Progress in Stem Cell Research
Another big step in the advancement of stem cell research. California and Maryland became the first2 states to sign an interstate agreement that encourages scientists to work together by sharing cell lines and collaborating on projects. Through collaboration, it is hoped that researchers will speed progress in the field and possibly attain more federal funding.

News from the legislation front

Heart Disease and Stroke Survivors Urge Congress to Pass Meaningful Health Reform This Year!
Health advocacy groups, including the AHA and survivors of cardiovascular disease are urging the US Congress “to pass meaningful health reform legislation that will help prevent disease and expand access to affordable, quality care for the insured and uninsured.”
During the association’s health care reform Fly-In Lobby Day on Capitol Hill today, heart disease and stroke survivors told their personal stories to Congress to help influence the debate and call attention to the needs of patients and their loved ones.

Air pollutants from abroad a growing concern, says new report
Air pollutants are not localized; they are on the move, according to a new report by the US National Research Council. Pollutants coming out of factories in rapidly developing countries China and India where environmental legislations are not strong may soon reach the West. One study, for example, could trace the origin of a polluted airmass detected at Mt. Bachelor Observatory in central Oregon to East Asia and it took approximately eight days to get there. The health impacts of these pollutants vary but they are there. The most common effects are cardiopulmonary problems due to ozone and particulate matter in the air. So much for CO2 emissions trading!

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