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Heredity isn’t Always Destiny When it Comes to Heart Attacks: Study

If heredity puts you at higher risk for a heart attack, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can bring that risk down dramatically, below the risk faced by some people whose genes would normally protect them from heart disease, according to a new analysis of more than 55,000 people. “We were a little surprised by how much you could offset your inherited risk by adhering to a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, chief author of the new study, presented at an American Heart Association meeting on Sunday and published online simultaneously…

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Poop comes to the rescue of patients

Stool transplants are being used to treat those with serious gastro ailments. Three years ago, Manas Shukla was a newly-married 33-year-old ready to enjoy the prime of his life. But a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis left him struggling with bloody diarrhoea several times a day. “It left me weak, depressed and I couldn’t even work properly,” recalls Shukla, who runs his own business in Delhi. Eventually he got relief from a very unlikely source – another man’s poo. Shukla underwent fecal microbiota transplant or FMT. This involves taking one person’s…

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