Changes in radial pulse during menopause may reflect CV risk

(HealthDay)—Changes in the harmonics of the radial pulse wave during menopause may reflect cardiovascular risk, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2019 Scientific Sessions, held from July 29 to Aug. 1 in Boston. Chih-Yu Chen, M.D., from Taipei City Hospital in Taiwan, and colleagues assessed the effect of age, menopause, and body mass […]

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Too much screen time for the kids? Grandparents may also be complicit

Grandparents have long been associated with letting their grandchildren do things their parents would never permit. Candy. Extended bedtime. Too much television. Carefree fun. They like to spoil their grandchildren. A new study by Rutgers and other researchers finds that today’s grandparents are still true to their traditional fun-loving image—allowing their grandchildren, while under their supervision, to spend about half […]

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Microvascular disease anywhere in the body may be linked to higher risk of leg amputations

Microvascular disease is independently associated with a higher risk of leg amputation compared to people without the disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The study, funded by the American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network in Vascular Disease and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, examined amputation risk among people with microvascular disease or […]

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Trauma-focused therapy may hold key to reducing women’s offending

Women prisoners might benefit from female-specific treatment that addresses the traumas common among women. A new report, launched at the Houses of Parliament today, analyzes the benefits of the Healing Trauma intervention programme currently running in eight of the UK’s 12 women’s prisons. The report outlines how trauma such as sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic abuse, which affect mostly […]

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Parents of depressed teens in treatment may also benefit from counseling

Teen depression can affect parents’ marital satisfaction, a new Northwestern Medicine study has found. Parents often seek mental health treatment for a child struggling with depression, but the treatment shouldn’t stop with the depressed teen, suggests the study. The study found that while depressed teens were involved in active treatment, parents’ marriages and parent-child conflict remained stable. Once the teens’ […]

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ACA’s medicaid expansion may have lowered heart disease deaths

(HealthDay)—New research supports the notion that Obamacare has improved the health of Americans: State expansions in Medicaid appear to have cut the number of deaths from heart disease. Counties in states with expanded Medicaid experienced an average of four fewer deaths from heart disease per 100,000 people than states that didn’t accept the expansion under the Affordable Care Act. In […]

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The flu virus’s ability to mutate may sometimes be its downfall

One of influenza virus’s main weapons is actually a double-edged sword. The virus’s ability to rapidly mutate lets it escape from the immune system’s memory and explains why people can be repeatedly re-infected with flu—unlike measles or polio. But those mutations can also blow the virus’s cover, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Jesse Bloom and colleagues reported May 8, 2019, […]

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Closed ICU model may reduce hospital-acquired infections

(HealthDay)—A closed intensive care unit (ICU) model, whereby a patient is evaluated and admitted under an intensivist and orders involving patient care are written by the ICU team, is associated with a reduction in certain types of hospital-acquired infections, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2019 International Conference, held from May 17 to 22 in Dallas. […]

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IL-1 inhibitors may reduce radiation-induced vascular damage

Radiation therapy against cancer can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease much later in life, as the radiation causes chronic inflammation of the exposed blood vessels. In a new study published in the European Heart Journal, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have shown that these inflammations can be treated with IL-1 inhibitors. Damage to healthy tissue is one of […]

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