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Heart failure (HF) is a condition in which a problem with the structure or function of the heart impairs its ability to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the body's needs. It should not be confused with cardiac arrest or myocardial infarction.
Study to test efficacy of computerized cognitive training for improving memory of heart failure patients

Study to test efficacy of computerized cognitive training for improving memory of heart failure patients

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2.5 million grant to an IU School of Nursing researcher for a study that will examine whether computerized cognitive training exercises can improve memory and quality of life for heart failure patients. [More]
Study finds stable trends in ventilator-associated pneumonia rates

Study finds stable trends in ventilator-associated pneumonia rates

In a study published online by JAMA, Mark L. Metersky, M.D., of the UConn School of Medicine, Farmington, and colleagues analyzed trends in Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System ventilator-associated pneumonia rates from 2005 through 2013. [More]
Aortic rigidity in African-Americans linked to excess risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease

Aortic rigidity in African-Americans linked to excess risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease

African-Americans have more rigidity of the aorta, the major artery supplying oxygen-rich blood to the body, than Caucasians and Hispanics, according to a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists. [More]
Lower drug copays lead to reduction in hospitalizations among indigenous people in Australia

Lower drug copays lead to reduction in hospitalizations among indigenous people in Australia

A new study finds that in regions where indigenous Australians most readily accepted a government incentive to lower drug copayments, hospitalizations to treat the population's chronic conditions declined by 40 percent in just two years. [More]
New treatment may reduce side effects linked to transfusions of red blood cells

New treatment may reduce side effects linked to transfusions of red blood cells

A new treatment may diminish a dangerous side effect associated with transfusions of red blood cells (RBCs) known as pulmonary hypertension, an elevated blood pressure in the lungs and heart that can lead to heart failure, suggests a new study published in the November issue of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. [More]
New, practical tool may help doctors to easily diagnose cachexia in cancer patients

New, practical tool may help doctors to easily diagnose cachexia in cancer patients

About one third of cancer patients die because of cachexia - an involuntary weight loss, characterized primarily by muscle wasting and metabolic changes, which cannot be addressed or treated solely with increased food intake. [More]
FDA approves expanded use of systemic therapy for treating chronic moderate-to-severe pediatric psoriasis

FDA approves expanded use of systemic therapy for treating chronic moderate-to-severe pediatric psoriasis

Amgen today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the supplemental Biologics License Application for the expanded use of ENBREL (etanercept), making it the first and only systemic therapy to treat pediatric patients (ages 4-17) with chronic moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. [More]
Study examines impact of fatigue and depression on hospitalization of patients with heart failure

Study examines impact of fatigue and depression on hospitalization of patients with heart failure

Fatigue and depression are common among millions of patients with heart failure, and new research suggests that addressing these symptoms could potentially lead to fewer hospital stays. [More]
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to research oxygen deprivation

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to research oxygen deprivation

This expedition was a part of our clinical collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. In short, this particular study focused on the effect of altitude and aging on heart and lung function. [More]
Study assesses impact of diabetes mellitus on cardiac geometry

Study assesses impact of diabetes mellitus on cardiac geometry

A study of U.S. Hispanics with diabetes mellitus showed a link between impaired glucose regulation and adverse measures of cardiac function and structure. [More]
Pennsylvania hospitals reduce mortality rates for ten common health conditions, new report reveals

Pennsylvania hospitals reduce mortality rates for ten common health conditions, new report reveals

Pennsylvania hospitals continue to improve quality and drive down mortality and readmission rates according to a new report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). [More]
New report underscores personal and economic impact of IBS

New report underscores personal and economic impact of IBS

A multi-disciplinary expert group calls for greater attention to be paid to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to bring it out of the shadows. The IBS Global Impact Report is launched at United European Gastroenterology Week and examines published studies on the direct and indirect costs of IBS. [More]
New studies support secretoneurin as new biomarker for cardiovascular disease

New studies support secretoneurin as new biomarker for cardiovascular disease

Scandinavian cardiovascular diagnostics specialist CardiNor AS today announced two new studies have been published by the group at Akershus University Hospital led by Professor Torbjørn Omland and Associate Professor Helge Røsjø in leading journals that strongly support secretoneurin as a new, important biomarker for cardiovascular disease. [More]
Mouths of migraine sufferers harbor more nitrate-reducing bacteria, study finds

Mouths of migraine sufferers harbor more nitrate-reducing bacteria, study finds

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that the mouths of migraine sufferers harbor significantly more microbes with the ability to modify nitrates than people who do not get migraine headaches. [More]
New research reveals key protein involved in heart failure

New research reveals key protein involved in heart failure

A key protein that causes heart failure has been revealed through new research from a collaboration based in Kumamoto University, Japan. [More]
Study to investigate clinical impact of new treatment for HFrEF patients

Study to investigate clinical impact of new treatment for HFrEF patients

The academic partners in the VerICiguaT GlObal Study in Subjects with Heart Failure with Reduced EjectIon FrAction are pleased to announce that patient enrollment has begun. [More]
Study sheds new light on role of Tau proteins in certain brain diseases

Study sheds new light on role of Tau proteins in certain brain diseases

In a study published in the journal PNAS scientists of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases present new findings on the role of the protein Tau in certain brain diseases. [More]
BBI Solutions launches new range of antibodies for Galectin-3 biomarker

BBI Solutions launches new range of antibodies for Galectin-3 biomarker

BBI Solutions has announced the launch of a range of antibodies for the biomarker Galectin-3. The antibodies complement BBI’s Galectin-3 antigen, which was also launched earlier this year. [More]
Totally Health introduces first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer health coaching service

Totally Health introduces first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer health coaching service

A “first of its kind” direct-to-consumer health coaching service, MyClinicalCoach has been launched to revolutionise the way in which millions of patients in the UK with long term health conditions can manage their own health independently and effectively. [More]
Managing low-risk acute care without hospitalization appears to be safe and reduces costs

Managing low-risk acute care without hospitalization appears to be safe and reduces costs

A comprehensive review of studies evaluating strategies for treating certain acute medical conditions without hospital admission finds that all four evaluated strategies appear to be safe, often improve patient and caregiver satisfaction, and reduce health care costs. [More]
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