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Study: Low socioeconomic status linked to higher risk of second heart attack or stroke

Study: Low socioeconomic status linked to higher risk of second heart attack or stroke

Low socioeconomic status is associated with a higher risk of a second heart attack or stroke, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. The study in nearly 30 000 patients with a prior heart attack found that the risk of a second event was 36% lower for those in the highest income quintile compared to the lowest and increased by 14% in divorced compared to married patients. [More]
Penn State dermatologist clarifies common myths about psoriasis

Penn State dermatologist clarifies common myths about psoriasis

Psoriasis is a much-misunderstood disease, often kept under wraps by sufferers who want to hide their skin lesions. [More]
New drug delivery system slows and controls tumors not aiming for complete elimination

New drug delivery system slows and controls tumors not aiming for complete elimination

Researchers have created a new drug delivery system that could improve the effectiveness of an emerging concept in cancer treatment - to dramatically slow and control tumors on a long-term, sustained basis, not necessarily aiming for their complete elimination. [More]
Arab uprising linked to detrimental effects on health and life expectancy in several countries

Arab uprising linked to detrimental effects on health and life expectancy in several countries

The Arab uprising in 2010 and subsequent wars in the eastern Mediterranean region have had serious detrimental effects on the health and life expectancy of the people living in many of the 22 countries in the region, according to a major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013), published in The Lancet Global Health journal. [More]
Philips to showcase advanced cardiology solutions at ESC Congress 2016

Philips to showcase advanced cardiology solutions at ESC Congress 2016

Royal Philips today announced its presence at the ESC Congress 2016, showcasing its latest in advanced integrated cardiology solutions with a focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. [More]
Stiff arteries can negatively impact memory and vital brain processes

Stiff arteries can negatively impact memory and vital brain processes

As we age, our arteries gradually become less flexible, making it harder for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. [More]
Scientists develop new predictive model to help identify sudden cardiac death

Scientists develop new predictive model to help identify sudden cardiac death

Researchers from Emory's Rollins School of Public Health developed a sudden cardiac death (SCD) predictive model that can help identify and prevent the disease in individuals at high risk. [More]
High-tech alternative to brain surgery safe, effective for treatment of essential tremor

High-tech alternative to brain surgery safe, effective for treatment of essential tremor

A study published today in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine offers the most in-depth assessment yet of the safety and effectiveness of a high-tech alternative to brain surgery to treat the uncontrollable shaking caused by the most common movement disorder. [More]
Serious heart problem can run in families and occur at similar ages, study suggests

Serious heart problem can run in families and occur at similar ages, study suggests

People with a family member who had an aortic dissection—a spontaneous tear in one of the body's main arteries—should take note of the age that family member was when the aortic dissection occurred. [More]
Atomic level analysis reveals how two classes of calcium channel blockers produce different effects

Atomic level analysis reveals how two classes of calcium channel blockers produce different effects

An atomic level analysis has revealed how two classes of calcium channel blockers, widely prescribed for heart disease patients, produce separate therapeutic effects through their actions at different sites on the calcium channel molecule. [More]
Revised blood pressure targets for diabetes patients may increase number of stroke patients

Revised blood pressure targets for diabetes patients may increase number of stroke patients

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare recently raised the recommended target blood pressure for patients with diabetes. [More]
Morbidly obese individuals more likely to experience heart failure, say researchers

Morbidly obese individuals more likely to experience heart failure, say researchers

A study by Johns Hopkins researchers of more than 13,000 people has found that even after accounting for such risk factors as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, so-called morbid obesity appears to stand alone as a standout risk for heart failure, but not for other major types of heart disease. [More]
Study finds alarming rates of obesity, high blood pressure readings among adolescent student-athletes

Study finds alarming rates of obesity, high blood pressure readings among adolescent student-athletes

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University found similar rates of obesity and high blood pressure readings in student-athletes as would be expected in the general adolescent population, which may suggest that participation in athletics does not protect against these conditions. [More]
Six tips to incorporate movement into everyday life

Six tips to incorporate movement into everyday life

Commuters and desk sitters have probably heard the news that sitting is not good for our health. [More]
New study shows frozen embryo transfer safer, more successful in women with PCOS

New study shows frozen embryo transfer safer, more successful in women with PCOS

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who receive frozen embryos during in vitro fertilization have safer and more successful pregnancies than those who get fresh embryos, according to the results of a recent collaboration between Penn State College of Medicine and Chinese researchers. [More]
Penn study shows synchronized refill program enhances medication adherence

Penn study shows synchronized refill program enhances medication adherence

Programs aimed at helping patients adhere to prescription medication regimens have become an area of interest for researchers as nearly half of patients do not take medications as prescribed. [More]
Working or volunteering could decrease chances of physical disability in elders

Working or volunteering could decrease chances of physical disability in elders

Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University. [More]
Researcher receives grant to study how changes in gut bacteria could lead to obesity-related disorders

Researcher receives grant to study how changes in gut bacteria could lead to obesity-related disorders

Andrew Gewirtz, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has received a four-year, $1.8-million federal grant to study how changes in intestinal bacteria could lead to obesity and metabolic syndrome. [More]
Review provides new insights into diagnosis, treatment for PCOS

Review provides new insights into diagnosis, treatment for PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) afflicts over 14 million women in the United States. The disorder increases the risk of endometrial cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, asthma, obesity, depression and anxiety, as well as infertility and a variety of reproductive disorders. [More]
Some WADA-banned substances may have potential medical applications

Some WADA-banned substances may have potential medical applications

As the world awaits the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, doping in athletes remains a hot topic. [More]
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