Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 01, 2019
Symptoms of depression in caregivers may predict future health problems
Caregivers of stroke survivors who show signs of depression may have a higher risk of suffering their own health challenges down the line, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.

Home-based education reduces hospitalizations in patients with atrial fibrillation
Home-based and personalized education keeps patients with atrial fibrillation out of hospital, according to late breaking results from the HELP-AF study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.

Research finds extreme elitism, social hierarchy among Gab users
Despite its portrayal as a network that 'champions free speech,' users of the social media platform Gab display more extreme social hierarchy and elitism when compared to Twitter users, according to a new study published in the September edition of the online journal First Monday.

For patients with diabetes, ticagrelor reduced heart attacks, strokes
In late-breaking clinical trial results presented in a Hot Line Session today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2019, investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Greater Paris University Hospitals -- AP-HP/Université de Paris presented the results from The Effect of Ticagrelor on Health Outcomes in Diabetes Mellitus Patients Intervention Study (THEMIS).

Preventative artery repair provides major benefit after serious heart attack
The new study, a collaboration of 130 hospitals in 31 countries, has shown that opening all the blockages is better than treating only the one blockage causing the heart attack.

Childhood cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and smoking predict adult heart disease
The first reliable evidence of a link between major cardiovascular risk factors in children -- serum cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and smoking -- with cardiovascular disease in adults is presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.

Lack of government action on NHS staffing undermines ambition to diagnose cancer early
In just one year, around 115,000 cancer patients in England are diagnosed too late to give them the best chance of survival, according to new calculations from Cancer Research UK released today.

Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure
Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.

Preserved heart failure trial misses endpoint, but drug may benefit some patients
The team reports that, overall, the drug sacubitril-valsartan did not significantly reduce heart failure hospitalizations and cardiovascular death compared to valsartan alone, but the data suggest benefit for patients in the lower ejection fraction range, for which there currently exists no approved therapies.

Coalition issues international consensus on testosterone treatment for women
The Endocrine Society and 10 other internationally esteemed medical societies have today issued the first Global Position Statement on the use of testosterone in the treatment of women.

Screening for genetic high cholesterol could help patients and families avoid heart attack
Genetic high cholesterol is underdiagnosed and undertreated, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.

Anabolic-androgenic steroid use associated with decreased heart function in weightlifters
Illicit performance-enhancing steroids can cause the heart to thicken and reduce its ability to function, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.

Map of broken brain networks shows why people lose speech in language-based dementia
Scientists have drawn a map that illustrates three regions in the brain of people with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) that fail to talk to each other, inhibiting a person's speech production, word finding and word comprehension.

Testing and family screening lacking among young victims of sudden cardiac arrest
Less than 4% of relatives of young cardiac arrest victims receive information on family screening that could prevent further deaths, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.
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