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Central Ky. American Heart Association announces new research, education fund honoring Carol Barr

The Central Kentucky American Heart Association, in conjunction with the friends and family of Carol Barr, has created the Carol Barr Fund. The Fund will support research as well as STEM programming for young women in Kentucky. The Fund was created by the Carol Barr Advisory Team, a group of Carol’s friends and family who created the Fund to help honor Carol’s legacy of leadership with the American...

Ky. shows little progress in latest health rankings; we’re getting less exercise, diabetes has increased

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky again ranks near the bottom in two big health measures: 48th for health behaviors and 46th for health outcomes, according to the America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation. Most of the reasons are familiar, such as a high percentage of Kentuckians with more than one chronic condition — such as diabetes, which has become...

UK researcher traces molecular pathways to obesity and cardiovascular disease

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward An array of scientific evidence demonstrates a correlation between diets high in fat and cholesterol content and blockages in the arteries, which lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD). But a lesser-known risk factor for CVD is exposure to the chemical compound biphenyl A, or BPA, a base component of consumer plastic products such as water bottles. A fundamental...

Salt Tooth: Much loved, much used spice a major culprit in cardiovascular disease in America

By Jennifer Smith Special to KyForward A sprinkle over a baked potato or a teaspoon to flavor a pot of chili might seem innocent to the average dieter, but salt is a major culprit of cardiovascular disease in America. Some people have a proclivity for sweet foods, such as candy, confectionery treats or ice cream. Others, however, need salty foods to satiate their palettes, often snacking on potato...

U of L cardiologist to test biomarker that may predict heart disease in women

Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality in women worldwide, including in the United States. Although deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in men have declined since the 1970s, the rates of death for women have not followed. University of Louisville cardiologist Andrew DeFilippis, M.D., M.Sc., may be on the verge of a breakthrough in detecting cardiovascular disease before a heart attack...

Twin scourges of obesity and cardiovascular disease are focus of $11.3M health grant to UK

  By Allison Elliott-Shannon Special to KyForward   In a time when competition for federal research funding is tougher than ever before, the University of Kentucky has been awarded one of the largest health grants ever made to the institution: an $11.3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant supporting research focusing on issues that plague the Commonwealth – the twin...