UK wins grant to study obesity, heart disease

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has landed an $11.3 million federal grant to support research on two health issues plaguing the state — obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The award from the National Institutes of Health is one of the largest health grants ever made to the state's flagship university.

UK officials announced the grant award on Monday at the Lexington campus.

The research will focus partly on the influence obesity has on heart recovery after a heart attack.

UK researchers say cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death among people who are obese.

Kentucky has some of the nation's highest rates for obesity and cardiovascular deaths.

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