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Weekly Recap in Health News: December 27, 2013

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

Anxiety linked to stroke risk “The greater your anxiety level, the higher your risks of having a stroke,” study co-author Dr. Maya J. Lambiase, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, told Reuters Health.

Heart Disease, Stroke Continue to Threaten US Health Heart disease and stroke remain two of the top killers of Americans and pose a significant threat to millions of others, according to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2014, published in its journalCirculation.

Arginine: Heart Benefits and Side Effects There are plenty of powerful new drugs to help prevent and treat chronic health problems. But we also know that certain nutrients may help as well. Take arginine, for example. Arginine has gotten lots of attention lately for its potential heart benefits. That’s important because, today, about 64 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease.

The secret to countering a high cholesterol diet In a new study, researchers including an Indian origin scientist have described the beneficial effects of the algal culture in supporting healthy cholesterol balance.

Heart attacks among seasonal risks, doctors say It’s not just a Western phenomenon; recent research in China found the same thing. The increase includes fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and a less serious condition dubbed “holiday heart syndrome” — an irregular heartbeat caused by too much booze.