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November 04, 2012
Heart disease map of England highlights growing social inequality in older ages
A study estimating the death rate from heart and circulatory disease in each electoral ward in England has found that despite considerable improvements since the 1980s, the difference between the wealthiest and poorest communities has widened for people over 65.

Penn Medicine contest maps 1,400 lifesaving AEDs via crowdsourcing contest fueled by smart phones
A crowdsourcing contest that sent hundreds of Philadelphians to locate and catalog the locations of AEDs throughout the nation's fifth largest city led to the identification of more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places, according to a study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.

Cardiac bypass surgery superior to non-surgical procedure for adults with diabetes and heart disease
Adults with diabetes and multi-vessel coronary heart disease who underwent cardiac bypass surgery had better overall heart-related outcomes than those who underwent an artery-opening procedure to improve blood flow to the heart muscle, according to the results from an international study.

New device could allow your heartbeat to power pacemaker
An experimental device that converts energy from a beating heart could provide enough electricity to power a pacemaker.

Smallholder farmers need improved stake in Nile's development
A new book finds that the Nile river, together with its associated tributaries and rainfall, could provide 11 countries -- including a new country, South Sudan, and the drought-plagued countries of the Horn of Africa -- with enough water to support a vibrant agriculture sector, but that the poor in the region who rely on the river for their food and incomes risk missing out on these benefits without effective and inclusive water management policies.

Japanese family members less likely than others to give CPR for cardiac arrest
In a Japanese study, family members were far less likely than friends, colleagues and strangers to effectively respond to a cardiac arrest.

Penn Medicine's Daniel J. Rader, M.D., receives AHA's Clinical Research Prize
Daniel J. Rader, M.D., professor of Medicine and chief, Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the American Heart Association's Clinical Research Prize for developing new methods to identify factors regulating the metabolism of fat particles in the bloodstream and testing their impact on the development of atherosclerosis.

US suicide rates have increased since economic crisis began
Suicide rates in the US have risen sharply since the economic crisis took hold in 2007, warn the authors of Correspondence published online first in the Lancet Nov.
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