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Weekly Recap in Health News: August 30, 2013

Here is the recap of this week’s news in health:

Damaged Heart Cells Made Healthy Again in Lab Scientists report that they’ve transformed one kind of human heart cell into another in laboratory experiments, a promising development in the bid to find ways to repair damage from heart attacks.

New Defibrillator Works Without Wires Touching Heart A new implantable defibrillator accurately detects abnormal heart rhythms and shocks the heart back into normal rhythm, yet has no wires touching the heart, new research shows.

Stroke patients with attention disorders can be helped by brain-training computer games A majority of stroke patients have problems paying attention and could be helped by brain-training computer games, a new study suggests.

Recent Controversy Over Reducing Sodium Intake  The average American sodium intake is about 3,400 milligrams a day (about 1.5 teaspoons). We are regularly told we need to reduce it…

Gene May Raise Diabetics’ Chances of Heart Disease Some people with type 2 diabetes might be at higher risk for heart disease if they also carry a particular type of gene, new research reveals.

‘Majority’ of stroke patients might have undiagnosed attention disorders The majority of stroke patients may have attention disorders, most of which are not diagnosed, according to a study published in the journal Neurology.