Month: November 2018

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent article published in the NEJM has highlighted a first-of-its-kind success in lengthening survival for patients with aggressive breast cancer. Metastatic triple negative breast cancer is a form of an aggressive breast cancer that has spread within distant organs of the body and lacks key growth receptors that can
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Our Reader Score [Total: 2 Average: 3] A recent study reviewed the effects of physical inactivity on the risk of cardiovascular disease and the environmental factors influencing a heart-healthy lifestyle among patients. Physical activity is associated with many health benefits including a decrease in the risk of mortality, greater cardiovascular health, lower occurrence of illness,
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers studied 1.5 million people to investigate the relationship between Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Increasing evidence from clinical trials and epidemiological studies suggests there is a link between Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The occurrence of the two diseases together is the most common cause of dementia in elderly
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers studied whether dapagliflozin for diabetes treatment could also have beneficial effects on heart disease outcomes. Diabetes affects more than 415 million adults worldwide and continues to increase in prevalence. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of other negative outcomes from cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, investigated the cardioprotective effects of metformin in type 1 diabetes and heart disease. Studies have shown that patients with diabetes mellitus have a two to four-fold higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). Diabetes mellitus is a
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] To help address the opioid crisis, surgeons in Canada decreased prescription opioids following surgery and monitored patients’ resulting levels of comfort. The opioid crisis is undeniable in almost all cities throughout North America. Multiple research studies have pointed the finger at prescription opioids, which is ironic to the
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In light of the escalating opioid crisis in North America, a recent study investigated whether equipping drug users with fentanyl test strips could decrease the risk of a drug overdose. Since the year 2000, the rate of opioid overdose fatalities has more than doubled in the United States.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent clinical trial published in the NEJM tested the effectiveness of the drug, palbociclib, along with standard breast cancer treatment. Approximately 266,000 new cases of breast cancer are estimated to occur this year in the United States alone. Many of these are hormone-receptor-positive (HR-positive) breast cancers, meaning
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in Science Translational Medicine explores the restorative effects of oligonucleotides in a neurological genetic disease. Huntington’s disease is a hereditary genetic disease that results in the degeneration of the brain. Huntington’s is incurable and associated with a range of complex symptoms such as involuntary
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in JAMA examines the appropriateness of administering thyroid hormone therapy to patients with subclinical hypothyroidism. Subclinical hypothyroidism describes the beginning stages of a condition when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. This condition mostly affects older individuals and women, and is associated with
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study determined the effect of reducing nicotine content gradually or immediately on the biomarkers of smoke exposure. Earlier in 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration proposed a reduction of nicotine levels in various products. They aimed to elongate the time between an individual starting to
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Using genetic data, researchers have finally answered the question: is high blood pressure genetic?   High blood pressure affects millions of people across the world and can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Although aspects of diet, health, and heredity have long been linked to high
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A new study by Mekala and colleagues in Circulation Research suggests that heart stem cell therapy is a possible treatment for heart failure.   Stem cells are a special kind of cells that have the ability to become any kind of tissue. These kinds of cells are vital
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers examined if dietary nitrate intake through leafy greens, beetroot, and other vegetables and foods are associated with the incidence of age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of irreversible visual impairment in older people. AMD occurs when part of the retina, the macula,
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in JAMA Oncology by Baumann and colleagues investigated whether patients should avoid using topical agents several hours before undergoing radiation therapy. The majority of patients who undergo radiation therapy experience some form of radiation dermatitis (skin damage). In some cases, radiation therapy may also
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