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Change in albuminuria predict cardiovascular mortality better

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

A recent study has found that albuminuria changes may predict cardiovascular morbidity and mortality better than blood pressure and glucose levels. The study was led by Roland Schmieder (University Hospital of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany).
For this study, researchers looked data on 22,984 patients from two antihypertensive agent trials- TRANSCEND and ONTARGET. Out of the patients, [...]

Earlier treatment better for bipolar patients

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

According to a recent study, bipolar disorder (BD) patients have a greater chance of responding to lithium if treatment begins early.
The study was led by Lars Vedel Kessing (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and two definitions were used to describe early treatment. The first was after initial hospital psychiatry contact for a manic episode and the [...]

Early macular degeneration can appear at less than 44 years of age

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

A recent study has found that early-stage macular degeneration (MD) may be seen in people as young as or older than 44 years of age. MD is an eye condition that may progress into blindness over various stages. The disease cannot be reversed, but there are some treatments available.
This particular study found that although early-stage [...]

Obese workers have higher injury rates, medical costs, lost workdays

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The US CDC has found that one in three adults in the country are obese, and this may be affecting workplace performance. The CDC has reported that obese workers have higher rates of injury, medical costs and lost workdays when compared to workers of normal weight.
The study that found these results also found that workers [...]

Lack of sleep may distort, impair memories

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

According to a new study, lack of sleep could impair or distort memory to a significant degree. The study was led by Kimberly Fenn, PhD, associate psychology professor at Michigan State University.
For the study, the researchers performed two memory comparison experiments on people who sleep less than six hours or not at all, and people [...]

Patients with ablation face lower death rates due to heart problems

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Atrial fibrillation or AFib is a condition where patients feel that their heart beats or flutter quickly and it is linked to a greater risk of heart problems such as stroke. Patients diagnosed with this condition are treatment with therapies like ablation, which destroys parts of the heart that send irregular electric signals.
According to a [...]

GlaxoSmithKline begins seeking approval for malaria vaccine in Africa

Monday, July 21st, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British pharmaceutical company, has begun seeking approval for the first malaria vaccine in the world. On approval, the vaccine could help protect millions, especially African children, from the illness.
GSK has approved the European Medicines Agency for approval of the vaccine. The approval process will involve determining the effectiveness and safety of the [...]

Each additional condition lowers life expectancy

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

New research has found that life expectancy can decline with each diagnosis of a chronic disease, especially for people of or over 67 years of age.
The study was led by Eva DuGoff, MPP, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. For this study, the researchers assessed the medical records [...]

HPV vaccination rate declines, other vaccination rates rise

Friday, July 18th, 2014

According to a CDC report, the rates of several recommended vaccinations, including the HPV vaccination, increased slightly but overall HPV vaccination rates were low.
The report looked at the vaccination rates in US teenagers during 2012-2013. It was done by Laurie D. Elam-Evans, PhD, of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, and colleagues.
For [...]

Men working night or rotational shifts have higher diabetes risk

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

According to a recent study, male workers who worked unusual or irregular hours had a greater risk of developing diabetes than those who worked in the day. Males were more susceptible to this risk than females.
The study was led by Zuxun Lu of the School of Public Health at Tongji Medical College in Wuhan, China. [...]

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