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Time of day could have an effect on cardiac health

A new study on mice has found that the time of day could have an effect on a person’s risk of sudden cardiac death. Published in the journal Nature, the researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that levels of a protein which controls the heart’s rhythm fluctuate through the day.

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Pets warm your heart, but make it healthier, too

A new study has found that pet owners’ hearts respond better to their body’s changing requirements, like beating faster when they’re stressed out or in a dangerous situation. Increased heart rate variability means less of a risk of dying from heart disease.

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Cats help to reduce stress, lower risk of cardiovascular diseases

If you’re a cat owner, you may already know that being around your cat can make you feel better. A ten-year-long study by the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Center has found that cat ownership and human health are intertwined, especially when it comes to cardiovascular health. Owning a cat is proven to reduce stress levels, and even lower someone’s risk of a heart attack.

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Benefits of bear bile

A compound called ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), which is found in the bile of bears, has been known and used to dissolve cholesterol gallstones that form in the gall bladder.

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Wilbur to the rescue

It can be a bit of an ethical dilemma for a vegetarian.  Avoiding meat is a personal choice for some but meat-producing animals may still be an important part of a vegetarian’s life.  Recently, a vegetarian teenager in Scotland was implanted with a pig heart valve to save her life.  It probably won’t affect her diet, but it serves as a reminder of how animals can benefit our lives in so many ways.

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