Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be found in schools, offices, restrooms and restaurants and is great for cleaning hands in public places. But most of us would never think of drinking it.
Scientists have identified a biological pathway—activated by abnormally high blood sugar levels—that causes irregular heartbeats.This condition is known as cardiac arrhythmia and is linked with heart failure and sudden cardiac death.
Reported online in the journal Nature, the discovery helps explain why diabetes is a significant independent risk factor for heart disease. “The novel molecular understanding we have uncovered paves the way for new therapeutic strategies that protect the heart health of patients with diabetes,” said Donald Bers, chair of the pharmacology department at University of California, Davis and senior author of the study.
While heart disease is common in the general population, the risk is up to four times greater for diabetics, according to the National Institutes of Health. The American Heart Association estimates that at least 65 percent of people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke and has emphasized the need for research focused on understanding this relationship.
A Donald Trump victory in the U.S. presidential election in November would probably lift gold prices, according to the mint that refines almost all the bullion output from one of the world’s biggest producers.
“If someone like Donald Trump does get himself elected, it will stimulate some fear within the economy as to where things are going,” Richard Hayes, chief executive officer of the Perth Mint, said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “Trump is very much a protectionist, he is very much for almost ‘Fortress America’.”