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Study finds high rates of heart disease among Hispanic men, women

Study finds high rates of heart disease among Hispanic men, women

Health
March 4 (UPI) -- More than half of Hispanic men, and nearly half of Hispanic women, in the United States have heart disease, according to an analysis published Thursday by the journal Stroke. Around 60% of Hispanic people also have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, two health problems that place them at high risk for heart disease, the researchers said. Advertisement "It's a wake-up call for the medical community [because] despite our best efforts, Hispanic and Latino populations still seem to be undertreated for their vascular risk factors," co-author Dr. Fernando D. Testai said in a press release. "I didn't expect the numbers to be so dismal," said Testai, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Researchers reviewed data from the Hispanic Co...
High blood pressure during pregnancy raises heart risk later

High blood pressure during pregnancy raises heart risk later

Health
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Women with a history of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy show signs of significant changes in the structure and function of their hearts 10 years after childbirth, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Among those who experienced preeclampsia or gestational hypertension and still had high blood pressure 8 to 10 years after giving birth, nearly four of five women had left ventricular remodeling, or relative thickening of the walls of their left ventricles, the data showed. Advertisement Just over one-third of women who had neither had evidence of these structural heart changes up to 10 years after childbirth. Left ventricular remodeling is a process by which the heart changes in size, shape and function. It is co...
UK to launch ‘high risk’ science agency

UK to launch ‘high risk’ science agency

Science
Getty ImagesThe UK is to launch a "high-risk" science agency to look for ground-breaking discoveries.The agency, Aria, will be run along the lines of US equivalents that were instrumental in the creation of the internet and GPS.Aria, which has £800m funding over four years, will have a "higher tolerance for failure than is normal", the government said.Labour said the government needed to clarify what the agency would do. The new body - the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (Aria) - would fund "high-risk, high-reward" scientific research, the government said.But the amount of funding it will get is a fraction of the money pumped into existing government research bodies such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).For 2020-21 alone, the government has allocated £10.36bn for its research

Fed’s Williams say high market prices justified by economic growth and low rates

Finance
New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said Friday that high prices for stocks and other assets are justified in light of a growing economy and low interest rate landscape.With stocks pushing to new heights on valuations not seen in decades, and as corporate bond yields plunge, the central bank official said he's not worried about current pricing."Market participants and investors around the world are looking ahead through this year and looking into an economy that hopefully have a pretty robust recovery and a strong expansion over the next several years, which would support stronger valuations," Williams told CNBC's Steve Liesman during an interview on "The Exchange."Major averages have managed to build on 2020's gains despite some nerve-jangling volatility.Fed policy of low rat...

Stock futures muted after Dow closes at record high

Finance
U.S. stock index futures inched higher in early morning trading on Wednesday after the Dow closed at a record high.Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 12 points. S&P futures and Nasdaq 100 futures also traded fractionally higher.The move comes after the Dow closed at a record high during regular trading on Tuesday, the 30-stock average's eighth record this year. The index also hit an all-time intraday high, fueled by strength in shares of Salesforce. The S&P 500, meanwhile, fell 0.06% during a volatile session of trading, while the Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.34%. Apple had the most negative impact on the tech-heavy index, sliding 1.6%."If you look at any historical norms, valuations are stretched. But we've never seen the long bond at 1.3% and so we're...