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Heart rate is determined by the number of heartbeats per unit of time, typically expressed as beats per minute (BPM), it can vary with as the body's need for oxygen changes, such as during exercise or sleep.
Oculus Rift headset helps nursing students improve communication skills

Oculus Rift headset helps nursing students improve communication skills

Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found. [More]
Joining a walking group helps boost overall health

Joining a walking group helps boost overall health

Joining a walking group is one of the best and easiest ways to boost overall health, with virtually no side effects, suggests an analysis of the available evidence, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. [More]
Regular outdoor walking in groups boosts health, reduces life-threatening conditions

Regular outdoor walking in groups boosts health, reduces life-threatening conditions

Risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, depression and other life-threatening conditions can be reduced through regular outdoor walking in groups, according to research from the University of East Anglia. [More]
Almost 42% of US drinkers use alcohol-interactive prescription medications, study finds

Almost 42% of US drinkers use alcohol-interactive prescription medications, study finds

Approximately 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol. While alcohol interacts negatively with a number of commonly prescribed medications, little is known on a population level about the use of alcohol-interactive (AI) prescription medication among US drinkers. A new study has found that almost 42 percent of drinkers in the US population have used one or more alcohol-interactive prescription medications. [More]
Peripheral muscles weakened in PAH patients

Peripheral muscles weakened in PAH patients

Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension have peripheral muscle weakness that is independent of impairments in their respiratory muscles, research shows. [More]
Weightlessness in space causes blood shift in astronauts

Weightlessness in space causes blood shift in astronauts

In a study published today in The Journal of Physiology, researchers found that in space, the shift of blood and fluid from the lower to the upper body caused by weightlessness is much higher and the blood pressure much lower than previously thought. [More]
Mayo Clinic expert explains difference between severe sepsis and septic shock

Mayo Clinic expert explains difference between severe sepsis and septic shock

Sepsis can be a dangerous complication of almost any type of infection, including influenza, pneumonia and food poisoning; urinary tract infections; bloodstream infections from wounds; and abdominal infections. [More]
Taiwan Biophotonic releases DOE reflective sensor for fingerless wrist-worn pulse oximeters

Taiwan Biophotonic releases DOE reflective sensor for fingerless wrist-worn pulse oximeters

Taiwan Biophotonic Co., a leading provider of non-invasive vital signs sensing solutions, today announced the release of its DOE reflective sensor for fingerless wrist-worn pulse oximeters, which makes a quantum leap forward in the wearable healthcare and medical devices. [More]
SAFE Family Wearables releases SAFE Kids Paxie Band for children

SAFE Family Wearables releases SAFE Kids Paxie Band for children

SAFE Family Wearables today launches the SAFE Kids Paxie Band, a fashionable GPS-enabled wearable device designed for children, with an accompanying mobile management application. [More]
Stress can trigger diabetes, depression and other autoimmune diseases

Stress can trigger diabetes, depression and other autoimmune diseases

Stress is an ability of humans to fight or flee when faced with problems affecting the individual. By changes in the organism, adaptation to various physical conditions is achieved: burns, bruises, bleeding or psychosocial traumas. [More]
Additional products seized from Calgary stores contain undeclared drug ingredients

Additional products seized from Calgary stores contain undeclared drug ingredients

Further to its recent Advisory, Health Canada has identified additional products seized from two Samson's Supplements stores in Calgary that pose a risk to health. [More]
Making New Year's resolution to quit smoking a reality

Making New Year's resolution to quit smoking a reality

Each year on January 1st, Americans make goals for the New Year, ranging from getting in shape and spending more time with their families to decreasing debt. This year, make a resolution that will not only improve your health, but also save you money— quit smoking. According to the Surgeon General's most recent tobacco-related report, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and premature death worldwide. [More]
FDA approves Novo Nordisk’s weight loss injection, Saxenda

FDA approves Novo Nordisk’s weight loss injection, Saxenda

Novo Nordisk today announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the new drug application (NDA) for Saxenda® (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection), the first once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist for chronic weight management. [More]
Health Canada monitors recall of Jetfuel Superburn containing undeclared drug substances

Health Canada monitors recall of Jetfuel Superburn containing undeclared drug substances

"Jetfuel Superburn" is being recalled after Health Canada tests confirmed it contains two undeclared amphetamine-like drug substances that pose serious health risks (beta-methylphenethylamine and phenylpropylmethylamine). [More]
Innovative software predicts sudden cardiac death in patients at risk of arrhythmia

Innovative software predicts sudden cardiac death in patients at risk of arrhythmia

At Galway Hospital, in Ireland, a device is currently used to "predict" cardiac events in people at risk of sudden cardiac death. [More]
Unauthorized weight loss product seized from two retail locations in southwest of Calgary

Unauthorized weight loss product seized from two retail locations in southwest of Calgary

The unauthorized product "Hydro-Lean" was seized from two Calgary stores because the label indicates it contains a combination of ingredients that can cause serious health risks (ephedrine and caffeine). [More]
Study: Fear of terrorism, existential anxiety increase pulse rate and risk of death

Study: Fear of terrorism, existential anxiety increase pulse rate and risk of death

A new study of over 17,000 Israelis has found that long-term exposure to the threat of terrorism can elevate people's resting heart rates and increase their risk of dying. [More]
HeartCycle GEx: A new distance rehabilitation system for people affected by heart pathologies

HeartCycle GEx: A new distance rehabilitation system for people affected by heart pathologies

A team of Spanish researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the company Medtronic have participated in the development of a new distance heart rehabilitation system based on physical exercise routines for people affected by heart pathologies. [More]
Research links increase in sudden cardiovascular death with consumption of cocaine

Research links increase in sudden cardiovascular death with consumption of cocaine

A joint piece of research conducted by the UPV/EHU, the Basque Institute of Forensic Medicine, and the Biomedical Research Centre Network into Mental Health of the Carlos III Institute of Health links, for the first time, the increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine. In people in the 19-49 age bracket this risk is quadrupled. [More]
Scientists receive NIH grants to explore sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Scientists receive NIH grants to explore sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative to speed the pace of research on difficult problems in epilepsy by promoting collaborative research. [More]