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Significant Hazards Discovered In New Research On Secondhand Smoke

New research by the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) shows that concentrations of secondhand tobacco smoke inhaled in smoking rooms of restaurants and bars are exceptionally high and hazardous to health. According to the study, which appears in the center's new report "Tobacco Smoke Pollution in Oklahoma Workplaces, " the average particulate level measured in restaurant smoking rooms was beyond the hazardous extreme based on levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The level found in bars was even worse. "These levels are exceptionally high and not healthy for the employees and patrons exposed to particles found in secondhand smoke, " said Heather Basara, M.

Immediate Risk Of Suicide And Cardiovascular Death After A Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer may increase a man's risk of suicide or cardiovascular death, especially right after diagnosis, according to a new study published online February 2 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. To study the risks men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States face, Fang Fang, M.D., of the Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, and colleagues used data from over 340, 000 prostate cancer patients listed in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database between 1979 and 2004 and from the general population.

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Migraine May Be Linked To Heart Disease

People with migraine may be at an increased risk of heart attack and other risk factors for heart disease, according to a study published in the February 10, 2010, online issue of Neurology® , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "While the overall risk of heart problems in people with migraine is small, these findings are consistent with other studies showing people with migraine are more likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for heart disease, " said study author Marcelo E. Bigal, MD, PhD, with Merck Research Laboratories and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital Adopts TandemHeart R -versatile Circulatory Support Device From CardiacAssist

CardiacAssist Inc. announced that Pitt County Memorial Hospital has adopted the company's TandemHeart® System. Pitt County Memorial Hospital is in select company: TandemHeart is now being used in nearly 90% of the "Best U.S. Heart & Heart Surgery Hospitals" as ranked by U.S. News & World Report-with more than 1, 900 TandemHeart procedures performed to date at nearly 150 hospitals across the United States. "We pride ourselves in being a state-of-the-art cardiac care facility, " said interventional cardiologist Walter A. Tan, M.D. "Therefore we are very proud to be one of the first cardiac centers in North Carolina to offer this important new life-saving technology to our cardiac patients.

Women's Heart Health Takes Center Stage In February

Despite strides in raising awareness of cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death and illness among women, heart disease is still under-recognized, under-treated, and under-diagnosed in women. During American Heart Month, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourages women to learn how they can protect their heart health. Heart disease killed more than 432, 000 US women in 2006-roughly one woman per minute. Women over age 20 have more than a one in three chance of dying from cardiovascular disease. Long considered a man's disease, awareness efforts have helped many people understand that heart disease is very much a women's disease.

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German Appeals Court Says CoreValve Devices From Medtronic Do Not Infringe Edwards Lifesciences' Andersen Patent

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), announced that an appeals court in Germany has found that the CoreValve® transcatheter aortic valve system does not infringe Edwards Lifesciences' German Andersen patent, which is set to expire in May 2011. The appellate court's decision upholds a lower court's ruling and enables uninterrupted access to the leading transcatheter heart valve in Germany. "We are gratified but not surprised by today's ruling, " said Scott Ward, president of the CardioVascular business and senior vice president at Medtronic. "We look forward to similar outcomes in the U.K. and the United States." Court proceedings in the U.K.

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