Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 09, 2003
Women & men differ in heart disease traits and treatment
A new study shows just how different men and women really are -- when it comes to their hearts, that is.

Caregivers of family members with dementia experience more health problems than noncaregivers
More than five million caregivers of persons with dementia exist in the United States (AARP, 1988) and no quantitative review has been conducted on the physical health correlates of caring for a family member with dementia until now.

Quality improvement program enhances heart care, closes gender gap
Using a low-cost, hospital quality improvement program substantially improved care for heart attack patients and significantly reduced treatment differences for men and women in one year, researchers reported today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.

Emory data suggest diabetics have worsening symptoms prior to acute cardiac event
New data presented by Emory researchers at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions abstract poster sessions today address angina related quality of life in diabetic and non-diabetic patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), medical procedures performed in catheterization laboratories to reduce the amount of narrowing in a coronary artery due to plaque formation.

News tips for Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003
To complement our news releases, here are additional news tips reported by the American Heart Association's News Media Relations from more than 3,700 abstracts.

Sound helps augment poor vision for some tasks
If you're helpless without your glasses, try using your ears.

For smokers, air pollution is a drag on the heart
Short-term rises in air pollution might trigger heart attacks - especially among smokers - according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.

Three genes linked to psoriasis susceptibility identified on chromosome 17
Researchers using data gleaned from a tissue bank created by the National Psoriasis Foundation have identified three of the first genes associated with psoriasis.

Ten-year study leads researchers to psoriasis genes
After a decade of searching, researchers have identified three genes linked to psoriasis, a potentially debilitating and disfiguring skin condition characterized by burning or itching patches of raised red skin.

Elementary signs of heart disease found in children
About one in eight schoolchildren have three or more risk factors of the metabolic syndrome, a precursor of cardiovascular disease, researchers reported today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.

Dyslexia may involve both vision and hearing
Dyslexia may stem from how the brain processes sight and sound together - rather than simply a problem

More risk factors for heart disease increase Medicare cost
Preventing heart disease risk factors in younger adults could be a money-saving investment for the federal Medicare program, researchers reported in two studies presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.

CREST study finds cilostazol reduces restenosis by almost 40 percent
A new and highly effective weapon in the war on heart disease could be on the horizon, according to results of the

Public access defibrillator use increasing
Use of portable defibrillators by non-emergency responders on victims of cardiac arrest doubled during a four-year period in Seattle and King County, Washington.

Heart failure care inconsistent
A third of heart failure patients left hospitals without some of the tried-and-true therapies that could add years to their lives, according to one of the largest studies of its kind, reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2003.

Age-related decrease in physical ability may be in the genes
A new study in mice suggests that declines in physical functioning as we age may be controlled by a handful of genes.

Age-related decrease in physical ability may be in the genes
A new study in mice suggests that declines in physical functioning as we age may be controlled by a handful of genes.
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