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WHO launches new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage worldwide

WHO launches new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage worldwide

To mark Universal Health Coverage Day, the World Health Organization today launched a new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) around the world. The portal shows where countries need to improve access to services, and where they need to improve information. [More]
Brazilian researchers propose new way for treating thalassemia major

Brazilian researchers propose new way for treating thalassemia major

Iron accumulation in myocardial cells, potentially resulting in heart failure or fatal arrhythmia, is one of the complications most feared by patients with thalassemia major, a hereditary disease also known as Mediterranean anemia. [More]
Detecting inflammation in diabetic patients

Detecting inflammation in diabetic patients

As well as presenting with high blood glucose, diabetic patients have chronic low-grade inflammation, which can be measured by a range of inflammatory markers such as so-called high-sensitive CRP, TNFa and IL-6 as well as a full blood cell count. [More]
Researchers to study effect of watermelon juice in reducing heart disease

Researchers to study effect of watermelon juice in reducing heart disease

University of Alabama researchers soon will launch a study that looks at watermelon juice as a way to reduce heart disease. [More]
Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH

Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH

Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine are expanding their ongoing evaluation of a novel cell-based therapeutic candidate into the area of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). [More]
Researchers find strong link between angiotensin receptor autoantibodies and increased risk of frailty

Researchers find strong link between angiotensin receptor autoantibodies and increased risk of frailty

Results of a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers offer new evidence for a strong link between angiotensin receptor autoantibodies and increased risk of frailty. [More]
Long-term hormone treatment may negatively affect kidneys in postmenopausal women

Long-term hormone treatment may negatively affect kidneys in postmenopausal women

Long-term estrogen treatment after menopause may increase the risk of new kidney damage and negatively affect women with abnormal kidney function. [More]
New study finds downward trend in dementia prevalence among American seniors

New study finds downward trend in dementia prevalence among American seniors

In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation's brains, the percentage of American seniors with dementia is dropping, a new study finds. [More]
Study shows widespread underdiagnosis of hypertension and prehypertension in U.S. children

Study shows widespread underdiagnosis of hypertension and prehypertension in U.S. children

Hypertension and prehypertension in children often go undiagnosed, according to a new study published today in Pediatrics. [More]
Study finds way to detect early signs of AD by looking at retina of patients' eyes

Study finds way to detect early signs of AD by looking at retina of patients' eyes

A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston offers important insight into how Alzheimer's disease begins within the brain. [More]
Cigarette smoking may disrupt kidney-protective effects of medications in CKD patients

Cigarette smoking may disrupt kidney-protective effects of medications in CKD patients

To improve care for patients with kidney dysfunction, investigators are striving to identify modifiable risk factors that may slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to kidney failure. [More]
Global high blood pressure has almost doubled over past 40 years, shows study

Global high blood pressure has almost doubled over past 40 years, shows study

In the past 40 years, there has been a large increase in the number of people living with high blood pressure worldwide because of population growth and ageing—rising from 594 million in 1975 to over 1.1 billion in 2015. [More]
Sleep apnea compromises function of biological sensors that regulate blood pressure

Sleep apnea compromises function of biological sensors that regulate blood pressure

A single bout of sleep apnea impacts the human body's ability to regulate blood pressure. [More]
Early identification may be key to stop type 2 diabetes

Early identification may be key to stop type 2 diabetes

What's the best way to stop type 2 diabetes? Find it before it becomes a problem. "The phrase I use is prevention by detection," said Joseph Aloi, M.D., section chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. [More]
Barriers to internet use for self-care may be preventing women from managing chronic conditions

Barriers to internet use for self-care may be preventing women from managing chronic conditions

Barriers to internet use may be preventing chronically ill middle-aged and older women from being as healthy as they otherwise could be, new research from Oregon State University suggests. [More]
Statins can help prevent first time heart attacks, strokes in adults with cardiovascular risk factors

Statins can help prevent first time heart attacks, strokes in adults with cardiovascular risk factors

Cholesterol-lowering drugs help prevent heart attacks and strokes in adults with cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking, but have not yet had a heart attack or stroke, according to a large-scale analysis of clinical trial data led by the OHSU Pacific Northwest Evidence-Based Practice Center. [More]
New guidelines recommend use of antiplatelet therapy and exercise program for treatment of PAD

New guidelines recommend use of antiplatelet therapy and exercise program for treatment of PAD

New guidelines for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), include recommendations on the use of antiplatelet therapy to reduce the risk of blood clots and statin drugs to lower cholesterol and advise PAD patients to participate in a structured exercise program. [More]
Research to assess safety and effectiveness of stem cells as potential treatment for heart failure

Research to assess safety and effectiveness of stem cells as potential treatment for heart failure

Stem cells are being tested at the Medical University of South Carolina as a possible treatment for heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction, or HFpEF. The condition causes severe disability and kills half its victims within five years. [More]
Scientists discover sensor that may regulate tension in blood vessels

Scientists discover sensor that may regulate tension in blood vessels

Physical forces like blood pressure and the shear stress of flowing blood are important parameters for the tension of blood vessels. [More]
Researchers reveal bi-directional link between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease

Researchers reveal bi-directional link between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease

For the first time, researchers have shown that a bi-directional relationship exists between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease. Fatty liver disease can lead to increased cardiovascular disease risk and vice versa. [More]
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