Diabetes Drug Might Help Shield the Heart From Smog's Ill Effects

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The diabetes drug metformin may offer protection from heart attacks caused by smog, preliminary research suggests. Working with human lung tissue and mice, Northwestern University researchers found that metformin reduces pollution-triggered inflammation linked to heart attack and stroke. “These findings suggest metformin as a potential therapy to prevent…

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AHA: Interpreters Are Key for Stroke Patients Struggling to Understand

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Before he stood in rooms at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas interpreting between Spanish-speaking patients and English-speaking health care providers, Cruz Ramirez did so informally as a child. When his parents and grandparents couldn’t understand a diagnosis or information being delivered by doctors, young Ramirez was the…

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