Depression screening does not improve quality of life in heart attack patients

After suffering a heart attack or unstable angina (chest pain caused by blocked arteries), patients who were systematically screened for depression and referred for treatment when appropriate did not show a significant improvement in quality of life compared with those who received no depression screening, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s … pročitajte više

Tilt training prevents fainting

Tilt training effectively prevents fainting, according to research presented today at EHRA 2019, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress. The program also improved quality of life, reduced the worry and fear about future fainting and enabled patients to return to work. Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org

Higher consumption of sugary beverages linked with increased risk of mortality

The more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) people consumed, the greater their risk of premature death–particularly death from cardiovascular disease, and to a lesser extent from cancer, according to a large long-term study of US men and women. The risk of early death linked with drinking SSBs was more pronounced among women. Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org

Clinical guidelines from specialty societies often biased

Clinical practice guidelines issued by specialty societies in North America often recommend health care services linked to their specialties, in contrast with European guidelines and those from independent organizations, argues a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org

The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow

A team of scientists spent six months co-designing robots with informal caregivers for people with dementia, such as family members. They found that caregivers wanted the robots to fulfill two major roles: support positive moments shared by caregivers and their loved ones; and lessen caregivers’ emotional stress by taking on difficult tasks, such as answering … pročitajte više

Microbes can grow on nitric oxide

Nitric oxide (NO) is a central molecule of the global nitrogen cycle. A study by Boran Kartal from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany, and colleagues reveals that microorganisms can grow on NO. Their results, which are now published in Nature Communications, change our view of the earth’s nitrogen cycle and how microorganisms … pročitajte više

Sugary drinks may be associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases

There was an association among people who drank the most sugary drinks and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other causes of death. Substituting one sugary drink a day with an artificially sweetened drink was associated with a slightly lower risk of dying, but drinking four or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was … pročitajte više

Repairing leaky valve improves heart failure patients' quality of life

Patients with heart failure and a leaking heart valve reported feeling better and experiencing fewer heart failure symptoms if they underwent a procedure to repair their valve than patients who received standard treatment alone, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org

Holocaust survivors with PTSD transmit negative views on aging to their adult offspring

A new study provides first evidence that negative views on aging are transmitted in families of Holocaust survivors suffering from PTSD. They view themselves as aging less successfully compared to survivors without PTSD and older adults who weren’t exposed to the Holocaust. Furthermore, offspring of posttraumatic Holocaust survivors negatively perceive the aging of their parents … pročitajte više

Gene medication to help treat spinal cord injuries

The two-gene medication has been proven to recover motor functions in rats. After several months of treatment, rodents were able to use previously paralyzed limbs. Researchers at Kazan Federal University are now seeking pre-clinical trial investment. Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org

Echocardiograms may help with patient selection for transcatheter mitral valve repair

Clinicians should use echocardiography, an ultrasound that shows the heart’s structure and function, when determining whether patients with heart failure and a leaking heart valve are likely to benefit from valve repair, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org

'Back to basics' atrial fibrillation procedure could slash waiting lists

A day case catheter ablation procedure which includes only the bare essentials and delivers the same outcomes could slash waiting lists for atrial fibrillation patients, according to late-breaking results from the AVATAR-AF trial presented today at EHRA 2019, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress. With the simplified protocol, 30 percent more patients could receive … pročitajte više

Researchers find eight new unique gene mutations in patients with hereditable heart muscle disease

In a new study from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, researchers have identified eight new gene mutations that may cause or contribute to idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease not caused by known external influences, such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, or diseased coronary arteries. Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org