After surgery repaired a hole in his heart, my father got a second chance

This is a story about my father, Jesus Miramontes. Jesus Miramontes was born and raised in old Mexico, Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua. He was one of nine children. With limited means, his family went without more times than one, and at a very young age, he learned how to work to survive. He told me he once … Continue reading After surgery repaired a hole in his heart, my father got a second chance

New cholesterol drugs: An alternative to statins

For most people struggling with high cholesterol, a prescription for a statin medication is enough to help lower their numbers with relatively few problems. But for some, the side effects outweigh the benefits of statin use. “There is a tremendous unmet need” beyond statins, said Dr. Robert S. Rosenson, director of the Cardiometabolics Unit at … Continue reading New cholesterol drugs: An alternative to statins

Cutting the umbilical cord? Not so fast, says new research

Throughout history, our ancestors understood the nutrient-rich nature of the umbilical cord and of leaving babies attached to it minutes beyond birth. Some mammals, such as chimpanzees, leave the cord attached for days after delivery, while others slowly chew it off. Now, a new study from Baylor Research Institute shows the science behind those animal … Continue reading Cutting the umbilical cord? Not so fast, says new research

Food industry petitions FDA on trans fat ruling

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration took a stand for America’s heart health, requiring food manufacturers to remove artificial trans fats from processed food within three years. Now, the food industry is petitioning for certain exemptions to continue using trans fats in hundreds of food products. So what exactly is trans fat? You’ve heard of it, seen it … Continue reading Food industry petitions FDA on trans fat ruling