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Causes of the “Merry Christmas Coronary”

The culprits behind the phenomenon of heart attack increases during the holidays

The “Merry Christmas Coronary” or “Happy Hannukah heart attack” is a term that describes the increase in heart attacks around Christmas and New Years. A well known phenomenon, it’s  been the subject of research for more than a decade. A … Continue reading

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Heart Surgery May Be Best Performed In the Afternoon

A new study shows that patients who underwent heart surgery in the afternoon fared better than their morning surgery counterparts

Researchers  who have studied the effect of the body’s circadian rhythms on patients undergoing complex heart surgery have found that the time of day has an effect on the outcome of the surgery. Collecting data on nearly 600 patients who … Continue reading

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Memorializing The Hands of The Dying

Trish Rogers provides plaster casts of the hands of the dying as a unique memorial for families

“Some hands are worn,” says Trish Rogers. “You can tell they’ve been through many things in life. Some hands are smooth because they’re kind of young and innocent.” She’s talking about the hands of the dying. Trish Rogers has studied … Continue reading

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The Messenger: Doctors and End-of-Life Conversations

How can healthcare professionals learn to better communicate about end-of-life issues with terminal patients?

How do you tell someone that they’re dying? Telling someone they have a terminal illness is a regular part of the job for some doctors. Yet, the folks behind the Alive Institute initiative believe that many healthcare professionals aren’t adequately … Continue reading

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New Study Suggests Low-Dose Aspirin Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Study shows "baby" aspirin can reduce breast cancer risk by 20 percent

New research suggests that the risk for the most common type of breast cancer is reduced by 20 percent in women who take low-dose, or “baby” aspirin at least three times a week. A study published Monday in the journal … Continue reading

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Immunotherapy: The Newfound Hope for Ovarian and Other Cancers

Immunotherapy offers hope to those with a life-threatening illness

Approximately 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, resulting in over 14,000 deaths. This makes it the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States. Also known as “the cancer that whispers,” ovarian cancer … Continue reading

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