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Boston-based Corindus Vascular Robotics is now testing a device that could allow physicians to remotely perform cardiac procedures using a robot and the internet.
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There’s a phrase in cardiology: ‘Time is muscle.” The longer a heart attack victim has to wait for treatment, the more heart tissue dies.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Care for heart problems could soon be easier to get for people in rural states like Montana. Researchers are now testing a device that could allow physicians to remotely perform cardiac procedures using a robot and the internet.

P.D.

Does saturated fat increase our risk of heart disease?  For forty years, doctors have advised Americans to avoid animal fats and stick to polyunsaturated vegetable oils, for heart health. But there's more and more skepticism about that recommendation. The Food Guys share news of a study from forty years ago which sheds new light on the topic.

Astragalus

May 9, 2014

5/10/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" For centuries, the root of Astragalus membranaceus has been used in Chinese traditional medicine, usually in combination with other herbs, to support the immune system and fight fatigue. Today, researchers are investigating roles for astragalus in cancer treatment and heart disease.