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Moderate Amounts of Healthy Fats: Good for Public Health

Most public health guidelines including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans do not allow fat portions in excess. However, nutritionists and dieticians have agreed that they did not have all the fats in their diet. At present there is evidence to show that not all forms of fats are bad for the heart and some are indeed good for the heart .

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ New Year, New Health Proposals

The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives took its first steps on health care — voting to intervene in the appeal of a Texas-led lawsuit that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in December. And around the country, Democratic governors and mayors unveiled new initiatives aimed at making health care cheaper and more accessible.

Improving Survival In African-Americans Undergoing Liver Transplant

Among African-American adults undergoing a liver transplant to treat liver cancer, patients whose organ donor was also African-American lived significantly longer than those with a racially unmatched donor, report authors of a new study using national data. The study is published online as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication.

Exercise Hormone Can Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Irisin is produced within the muscles during intense exercise and physical activity. It was six years back and was found to be instrumental in burning fat. Irisin has been on the cards for obesity researchers worldwide for its potential to help reduce fat. In these latest studies on mice and humans, researchers have found that irisin helps protect against mental decline that is commonly seen with the aging process.

Effective Vaccination Against Tick-borne Virus In Mice

A group of researchers led by Michael Diamond of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a vaccine that is effective in mice against Powassan virus, an emerging tick-borne virus that can cause life-threatening encephalitis in humans. They also show that the vaccine produces antibodies that protect the mice against other, related tick-transmitted flaviviruses. These findings appear in the journal  Cell Reports.

A Decidedly Darker Prognosis for Takotsubo Syndrome

Takotsubo syndrome (TS) has been considered a transient benign disorder, but mounting evidence of a darker long-term prognosis is reshaping that belief.

A systematic review of 54 studies involving 4679 patients showed relatively high rates of life-threatening complications such as acute heart failure (HF) with shock (19%) and malignant arrhythmias (10%), with in-hospital death occurring in 1.8% of cases.