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Financial incentives increase abstinence rates among low-income smokers, research shows

Financial incentives increase abstinence rates among low-income smokers, research shows

Paying smokers to quit with payments that increased with the length of abstinence led one third of participants in a study to stop smoking for six months, according to research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Increased parental longevity linked to lower risk of cardiovascular conditions in offspring

Increased parental longevity linked to lower risk of cardiovascular conditions in offspring

In middle aged populations, the risks of cardiovascular conditions are progressively lower the longer a person's parents lived past 69 years old, according to a study of 186,000 participants using a voluntary database published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Mayo Clinic launches new blood test that measures plasma ceramides to predict risk for heart disease

Mayo Clinic launches new blood test that measures plasma ceramides to predict risk for heart disease

Mayo Clinic has launched a new type of blood test that will be used to predict adverse cardiovascular events in patients with progressing coronary artery disease (CAD). [More]
NYU Lutheran offers comprehensive cardiac care for unborn babies

NYU Lutheran offers comprehensive cardiac care for unborn babies

Caring for an infant begins long before birth. Expectant moms are advised to avoid smoking and drinking, watch what they eat, and follow a host of other recommendations that are in the best interest of themselves and their little one on the way. [More]
Appealing new flavors contribute to alarming trends in youth consumption of e-cigarettes

Appealing new flavors contribute to alarming trends in youth consumption of e-cigarettes

Currently, we are experiencing a new phenomenon with youth consumption of e-cigarettes all around the United States. For the second consecutive year, e-cigarettes were the most popular product among youth. [More]
New report estimates burden of cancer in Ontario from environmental carcinogens

New report estimates burden of cancer in Ontario from environmental carcinogens

Between 3,540 and 6,510 new cancer cases in Ontario each year result from environmental factors, says a new report from Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario. [More]
RTI researchers available to discuss impact of new FDA regulations on e-cigarettes

RTI researchers available to discuss impact of new FDA regulations on e-cigarettes

On August 8, e-cigarette regulations set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will go into effect. Under the new rules, vendors are banned from selling e-cigarettes to minors. [More]
New study compares sexual experiences linked to alcohol and marijuana use

New study compares sexual experiences linked to alcohol and marijuana use

A new study, published in Archives of Sexual Behavior by researchers affiliated with New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, compared self-reported sexual experiences related to use of alcohol and marijuana. [More]
Sickle cell trait may not increase mortality risk

Sickle cell trait may not increase mortality risk

People who carry a gene for sickle cell disease do not appear to be at an increased risk of premature death, according to a study by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Common pesticides linked to allergic and non-allergic wheeze among farmers

Common pesticides linked to allergic and non-allergic wheeze among farmers

New research from North Carolina State University connects several pesticides commonly used by farmers with both allergic and non-allergic wheeze, which can be a sensitive marker for early airway problems. [More]
Small dense HDL particles protectively linked to coronary heart disease risk

Small dense HDL particles protectively linked to coronary heart disease risk

The idea that plasma high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is protective against coronary heart disease has been part of medical conventional wisdom for five decades. [More]
Study shows hospitals that send more number of heart patients to ICU perform worse in quality of care

Study shows hospitals that send more number of heart patients to ICU perform worse in quality of care

Patients who suffer heart attacks, or flare-ups of congestive heart failure, can be cared for in a variety of hospital locations. But a new study suggests that they'll fare worse in hospitals that rely heavily on their intensive care units to care for patients like them. [More]
African-American women twice as likely to choose autologous breast reconstruction, study shows

African-American women twice as likely to choose autologous breast reconstruction, study shows

African American women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer are more likely than white women to undergo autologous breast reconstruction using their own tissue, rather than implant-based reconstruction, reports a study in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
Hidden dental root tip infections may increase risk of coronary artery disease

Hidden dental root tip infections may increase risk of coronary artery disease

According to a study carried out at the University of Helsinki, an infection of the root tip of a tooth increases the risk of coronary artery disease, even if the infection is symptomless. [More]
Excessive alcohol consumption linked to lower levels of nitric oxide in exhaled breath

Excessive alcohol consumption linked to lower levels of nitric oxide in exhaled breath

A study led by researchers from Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago has discovered a potential new health concern related to excessive alcohol consumption. [More]
Second annual USC VR Hackathon for international coders, designers focuses on Medical Empathy Machine

Second annual USC VR Hackathon for international coders, designers focuses on Medical Empathy Machine

Kicking off its second annual virtual reality (VR) Hackathon, the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing announced this year's focus of the competition is "Medical Empathy Machine," showcasing the potential of VR to change medicine and patient experience through emotion, compassion and empathy. [More]
Lisinopril oral solution approved for treatment of hypertension in children and adults

Lisinopril oral solution approved for treatment of hypertension in children and adults

Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc., leader in the development and commercialization of innovative and safe medicines for children, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Qbrelis (Lisinopril) Oral Solution, the first and only FDA-approved Lisinopril oral solution. [More]
Researchers using internet to find study participants may hamper recruitment of minority, poor people

Researchers using internet to find study participants may hamper recruitment of minority, poor people

Recruiting minorities and poor people to participate in medical research always has been challenging, and that may not change as researchers turn to the internet to find study participants and engage with them online, new research suggests. [More]
Experts recommend several measures to reduce firearm suicide rates in the U.S.

Experts recommend several measures to reduce firearm suicide rates in the U.S.

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center nd New York State Psychiatric Institute have found that legislation reducing access to firearms has lowered firearm suicide rates in other countries. [More]
Teenagers who smoke daily report higher levels of health complaints

Teenagers who smoke daily report higher levels of health complaints

As fewer teens overall take up smoking, those who do smoke daily are reporting more health complaints than in years past, a new study indicates. [More]
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