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CABG surgery improves long-term survival in diabetic patients with severe heart disease

CABG surgery improves long-term survival in diabetic patients with severe heart disease

Among diabetic patients with severe heart disease, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is better than stenting (percutaneous coronary intervention; PCI) at improving long-term survival and reducing the risk of adverse complications, according to an article in the April 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
MHIF investigator performs first atrial fibrillation ablation in U.S. using SMARTTOUCH SF catheter

MHIF investigator performs first atrial fibrillation ablation in U.S. using SMARTTOUCH SF catheter

Dr. Daniel Melby, an investigator at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, performed the first atrial fibrillation ablation in the U.S. using Biosense Webster's new THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH SF contact force sensing catheter as part of an FDA regulated safety trial (SMART-SF). [More]
New study shows physical activity largely absent from majority of U.S. institutions

New study shows physical activity largely absent from majority of U.S. institutions

Exercise may play a critical role in maintaining good health, but fewer than half of the physicians trained in the United States in 2013 received formal education or training on the subject, according to new research from Oregon State University. [More]
China Pharma's revenue decreases 24% to $24.9 million in fiscal year 2014

China Pharma's revenue decreases 24% to $24.9 million in fiscal year 2014

China Pharma Holdings, Inc., an NYSE MKT listed corporation with its fully-integrated specialty pharmaceuticals subsidiary based in China, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2014. [More]
Study: Adding peanuts to a high fat meal improves vascular function

Study: Adding peanuts to a high fat meal improves vascular function

A study of peanut consumption showed that including them as a part of a high fat meal improved the post-meal triglyceride response and preserved endothelial function. [More]
Useful tips for physicians to help patients make the right choice on statin drugs

Useful tips for physicians to help patients make the right choice on statin drugs

Cholesterol-lowering statins have transformed the treatment of heart disease. But while the decision to use the drugs in patients with a history of heart attacks and strokes is mostly clear-cut, that choice can be a far trickier proposition for the tens of millions of Americans with high cholesterol but no overt disease. [More]
DaVita Kidney Care celebrates its dietitians and social workers

DaVita Kidney Care celebrates its dietitians and social workers

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, is celebrating its more than 3,600 dietitians and social workers during March for their distinctive and important roles in patient care. [More]
Healthcare reform changes boost glucose testing in states with healthcare exchanges

Healthcare reform changes boost glucose testing in states with healthcare exchanges

A new study published in a major diabetes journal suggests that healthcare reform changes have boosted glucose testing in states that formed healthcare exchanges. The result confirms Kalorama Information's predictions on the topic. [More]
Maternal diet during pregnancy and lactation may influence weight gain in offspring

Maternal diet during pregnancy and lactation may influence weight gain in offspring

Maternal diet during pregnancy and lactation may prime offspring for weight gain and obesity later in life, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers, who looked at rats whose mothers consumed a high-fat diet and found that the offspring's feeding controls and feelings of fullness did not function normally. [More]
Brown fat tissue communicates with the brain through sensory nerves

Brown fat tissue communicates with the brain through sensory nerves

Brown fat tissue, the body's "good fat," communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we've lost, according to researchers at Georgia State University. [More]
First global model for predicting CVD risk

First global model for predicting CVD risk

Researchers have developed the first global model for predicting cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. The model—developed by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Imperial College London, and colleagues—will be of particular help to public health professionals, clinicians, and patients in developing countries for prevention of CVD. [More]
Study quantifies long-term effects of nutrition deprivation at different stages of pregnancy

Study quantifies long-term effects of nutrition deprivation at different stages of pregnancy

A study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues in the Netherlands evaluated the relationship between nutritional conditions in very early life and adult health, and found that famine exposure during the first pregnancy trimester was associated with increases in mortality from a variety of causes other than cancer or cardiovascular disease. [More]
Bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement improves outcomes in obese patients

Bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement improves outcomes in obese patients

Obesity is not only a risk factor for developing knee and hip arthritis. It is also linked to less favorable outcomes after joint replacement surgery. [More]
Veterans with PTSD at higher risk of developing heart failure

Veterans with PTSD at higher risk of developing heart failure

In a study of more than 8,000 veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, those with posttraumatic stress disorder had a nearly 50 percent greater risk of developing heart failure over about a seven-year follow-up period, compared with their non-PTSD peers. [More]
New tool can measure cardiovascular risk in persons aged 40 or older

New tool can measure cardiovascular risk in persons aged 40 or older

For the first time, scientists have developed a new risk score that can predict the 10-year risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke in persons aged 40 years or older in any world country. [More]
Study shows high-fat diet may increase risk for depression, psychiatric disorders

Study shows high-fat diet may increase risk for depression, psychiatric disorders

Can the consumption of fatty foods change your behavior and your brain? High-fat diets have long been known to increase the risk for medical problems, including heart disease and stroke, but there is growing concern that diets high in fat might also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders. [More]
USF scientists identify potential compounds to improve cardiovascular system, small vessel disease

USF scientists identify potential compounds to improve cardiovascular system, small vessel disease

University of South Florida scientists have identified a group of compounds with the potential for beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system and small vessel disease while researching grape seed extracts discovered at USF. [More]
New Quest Diagnostics study analyses impact of ACA in promoting earlier diagnosis of diabetes

New Quest Diagnostics study analyses impact of ACA in promoting earlier diagnosis of diabetes

People in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are far more likely to be newly identified with diabetes than in states that elected not to expand the public health care program, finds a new study by researchers at Quest Diagnostics. [More]
Novasep, Celladon sign agreement to develop and supply MYDICAR drug substance

Novasep, Celladon sign agreement to develop and supply MYDICAR drug substance

Novasep, a leading supplier of services and technologies for the life sciences and chemical industries, and Celladon Corporation, a clinical-stage cardiovascular gene therapy company, today announce that they have signed a Development, Manufacturing and Supply Agreement pursuant to which, if supported by upcoming MYDICAR clinical data, Novasep would manufacture MYDICAR drug substance through 2018 with extension options through 2020. [More]
Women who give birth to four or more children at risk of heart disease

Women who give birth to four or more children at risk of heart disease

Women who give birth to four or more children are more likely to have cardiovascular changes that can be early indicators of heart disease than women who have fewer children, new research by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists finds. [More]
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