It’s been a rough month or so for Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC). After skyrocketing to an all-time high in mid-April, the popular cryptocurrency is now down by close to 40%. The decline was even worse until Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Monday that he had spoken with U.S.-based Bitcoin miners who committed to publishing their current and planned renewable energy usage.
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Having too much fat around your heart drastically increases the chance of heart failure, a new study has found.In the study, published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers found that having high amounts of pericardial fat (the technical term for fat around the heart) doubled the risk of heart failure in women, and raised it in men by 50%.Using data from a long-term heart study at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers looked at chest CT scans of nearly 7,000 Americans between ages 45 and 84. None of the study participants had heart disease when the study began. But over the next 17 years, 400 of them developed heart failure. The scientists found that having excess pericardial fat raised the risk of heart failure in both women and men—even after adjusting for well-known risk factors for heart failure such as age, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and previous heart attacks. RELATED: The #1 Cause of Heart Attack, According to ScienceMuch Higher Risk Found in WomenBut the risk was not the same in both women and men: Researchers found a 100% increase (or doubled risk) in women, and about a 50% increase in men.The researchers noted that excess pericardial fat was “weakly or moderately” correlated to signs of being overweight or obese, such as body mass index, waist girth, hip circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio.”For nearly two decades we have known that obesity, based on simple measurement of height and weight, can double one’s risk of heart failure, but now, we have gone a step further by using imaging technology to show that excess pericardial fat, perhaps due to its location close to the heart muscle, further augments the risk of this potentially fatal condition — heart failure,” said lead researcher Satish Kenchaiah, MD, associate professor of medicine at Mount Sinai. He added: “This work provides us with an important tool to stratify patients into higher and lower risk of heart failure, which can possibly lead to early intervention and heart failure prevention to ultimately save people’s lives.”RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts SayPericardial Fat May Be Separate Risk FactorThe researchers also found that excess pericardial fat elevated the risk for heart failure above and beyond the usual heart risks that come with being overweight or obese. They said the link was the same across all ethnic groups studied.”Our research provides strong evidence that excess pericardial fat substantially raises the risk of heart failure,” said Kenchaiah. “Additional studies are needed to confirm our findings. Future research in this field should also focus on ways and means, such as eating a heart-healthy diet and staying physically active, to achieve and maintain optimal body weight and reduce and avoid fat deposition around the heart.”And to get through life at your healthiest, don’t miss these 19 Ways You’re Ruining Your Body, Say Health Experts.
Congolese authorities on Thursday ordered the partial evacuation of Goma, a city that has been rocked by hundreds of earthquakes and seen large cracks appear in the earth in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption on its doorstep at the weekend. More than 20,000 people are homeless and 40 still missing following Saturday evening’s eruption, which sent rivers of lava flowing toward Goma, killing at least 31 and destroying more than 3,000 homes, according to the United Nations. The lava from Mount Nyiragongo stopped just 300 metres short of Goma airport, the main hub for aid operations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
For Stephanie Davis, who grew up with little, the military was a path to the American dream, a realm where everyone would receive equal treatment. Over the course of decades, she steadily advanced, becoming a flight surgeon, commander of flight medicine at Fairchild Air Force Base and, eventually, a lieutenant colonel.
U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney faulted those on both extremes of the nation’s political divide Wednesday as he accepted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Romney was presented with the award in recognition of his decision to become the only Republican to split with his party and vote to convict former President Donald Trump during his first impeachment trial. “Many of us have been disappointed of late by the actions of some people who’ve chosen the easy way, playing to the crowd, itching the ears of the resentful with conspiracies and accusations,” the Utah Republican said Wednesday.
Bolivia’s former interior minister has been arrested in the U.S. for allegedly taking part of $602,000 in kickbacks from Florida-based businessmen accused of selling tear gas at inflated prices to the conservative government of former interim President Jeanine Áñez. Arturo Murillo was charged with a single count of conspiring to commit money laundering, according to a Department of Justice statement on Wednesday. The Associated Press previously reported that Murillo’s former chief of staff had been arrested as part of the investigation along with the owner of a Florida-based supplier of police and military equipment and his father, who press accounts indicate was charged two decades ago in Bolivia with weapons smuggling.
The antibody drug, Sotrovimab, is not authorized for patients who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 or require oxygen therapy, the health regulator said on Wednesday. Sotrovimab belongs to a class of drugs called monoclonal antibodies, which mimic natural antibodies that the body generates to fight off infection.