The World’s Tiniest Endoscope Could Fight Heart Disease

Photo credit: Simon Thiele and Jiawen Li
Photo credit: Simon Thiele and Jiawen Li

From Popular Mechanics

  • Australian scientists have designed the world’s smallest imaging device: a scope for taking 3D images inside the blood vessels.

  • It’s meant to help uncover clues about heart attacks and the progression of heart disease.

  • The scientists published their findings on July 20 in the journal Light: Science & Applications.

Heart disease, a.k.a. the “silent killer,” is the leading cause of death in the U.S. About 647,000 Americans die from the disease each year, making up roughly one-quarter of total annual deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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Watch Mike Campbell Play ‘Swampy’ Version of ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell had to put his tour on hold this year, but he’s keeping busy with a series of Instagram videos in which he breaks down songs from throughout his career. The newest one examines the 1981 Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

“This song has a little bit of a story to it,” he says, seated near the stairway of his house with a guitar on his lap. “It started with the music and the music was inspired by the drum intro

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Healthy heart linked to sharper memory as people age into their 90s

Keeping your heart healthy may play a role in keeping your memory sharp later in life, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

Other factors, including not smoking, past high scores on cognitive tests and the presence of a particular gene variant, were also linked to better memory for people in their 90s, the study found.

“What’s good for the heart seems to be good for the brain and seems to be very important in avoiding Alzheimer’s disease,” the study’s lead author, Beth Snitz, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh, said.

Alzheimer’s disease

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Rates of ‘broken heart syndrome’ are way up during the coronavirus pandemic, a study found

FILE - In this April 20, 2020, file photo, resident physician Leslie Bottrell stands outside a room at an Intensive Care Unit as a nurse suctions the lungs of a COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. A U.S. government report says death rates are 12 times higher for coronavirus patients with chronic illnesses than for others who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report Monday, June 15 highlights the dangers posed by these conditions. They include heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung ailments, such as asthma or emphysema. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this April 20, 2020, file photo, resident physician Leslie Bottrell stands outside a room at an Intensive Care Unit as a nurse suctions the lungs of a COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. A U.S. government report says death rates are 12 times higher for coronavirus patients with chronic illnesses than for others who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report Monday, June 15 highlights the dangers posed by these conditions. They include heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung ailments, such as asthma or emphysema. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US — here’s how to prevent and treat the condition

Heart disease is a dangerous condition, but it can be prevented with routine doctor’s visits and lifestyle changes.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 647,000 Americans die from heart disease a year — a total of one in every four deaths — making it the leading cause of death in the US.

Heart disease encompasses a range of heart health problems. For example, you may know someone who has had a heart attack, but this is just one of many types of heart disease. Most of the time, heart disease

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Heart attack victims missing vital treatment because of coronavirus fears

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND – MAY 05: An ambulance crew from the South Central Ambulance Service wear protective clothing as they complete the digital paperwork after responding to a false alarm call for a heart attack on May 05, 2020 in Portsmouth, England. Due to the risk of contamination to the air ambulance helicopters, patients have been transferred to the mainland using the hovercraft service since the beginning of May. As the list of recognised Covid-19 symptoms grows, paramedic crews like those with the South Central Ambulance Service are forced to treat every patient as being a potential case, often requiring specialised
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