Polluted Air, Polluted Arteries

      Modern humanity frequently peers into history and scoffs at the foibles of past societies who poisoned themselves out of existence in various ways.  Simultaneously, modern humanity can completely miss their own self-destructive behaviors such as the contemporary effects of air pollution.  Researchers at the University Hospital in Krakow, Poland reported on their study connecting such air pollution with the rates of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute heart disease. 

The Genomics of Cardiac Disease Risk

Who knows how much investment is going into finding the
genes behind various chronic diseases? 
Fixing what is broken always seems to take more energy and effort than
preventing the disease damage in the first place… an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.  As a listened to
a genomics podcast by Illumina called,

Cheer Up a Rat with Estrogen

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I appreciate the sacrifice that mice and rats make for science. In this case, researchers created heart attacks in rats and monitored them for depression with or without estrogen. They found that female rats who had their ovaries removed experienced more “rat depression” after this heart attack than female rats who were given an estrogen pellet after their ovaries were removed.

HDL Good or Bad? Two-Faced HDL

How many times have I said “LDL – Bad, HDL – Good” to my patients?  Thousands of times over the past years of practice, I have described the differing effects of LDL and HDL on cardiovascular health, yet researchers want to overturn this dogma, this law of medicine.  Once again, little in medicine stands so sacred that it cannot be nullified with a newer study.