Preterm or Small Birth Tied to Long-Term Risks to Heart, Brain

MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born early or at low birth weight are at risk later in life of having smaller, less efficient brains or health problems that increase their risk for heart disease, according to a pair of new studies.

Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.

Big Drop in U.S. Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, Study Finds

MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke have dropped dramatically in the United States over the past decade, according to a large study of Medicare patients.

Cholesterol Drugs' Benefits Far Outweigh Side Effects, Review Finds

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs greatly outweigh the risks, according to a review of research published over 20 years.

Statins May Aid Survival From Colon Cancer

MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also boost colorectal cancer survival, according to a new U.K. study.

Cholesterol Drugs May Speed Healing After Surgery

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study.

No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recent advances in preventing heart attacks among U.S. seniors, those gains don't seem to have occurred among middle-aged adults -- especially women, a new study reports.

Childhood Sex Abuse May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk in Women

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged women who were sexually abused as children may be more likely to develop early signs of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study.

Cholesterol Levels May Be Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, July 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High cholesterol levels may increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, a large new British study reports.