Childhood psychiatric symptom risk strongly linked to adverse exposures during gestation — ScienceDaily


Harmful exposures during pregnancy, including some that occur even before pregnancy is recognized, appear to significantly increase a child’s risk for psychiatric or behavioral problems early in life, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital report. In their study of 9,290 children from the ages of 9 to 10 living in 21 communities in the United States, […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can eating too much be a sign your body lacks nutrients?


For most people, the past 12 months have been really tough, but some businesses have thrived — it seems 2020 was a fantastic year for supplement manufacturers, with nearly £500 million in UK sales, up a record 14 per cent compared with 2019. We swallowed their products in record numbers partly because we’re all more […]

Fasting lowers blood pressure by reshaping the gut microbiota — ScienceDaily


Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, a condition that raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the U. S. At Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. David J. Durgan and his colleagues are dedicated to better understand hypertension, in particular the emerging evidence suggesting […]

Should you ignore the food traffic lights?


You see them on food packets — red, amber and green colours that are supposed to depict whether the food you are putting in your basket is healthy — or not. Introduced in 2013 by the Food Standards Agency, the traffic light colours are assigned for levels of fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. The […]

At least 1,500 people complain that they developed ringing in the ears after their vaccine 


Half the UK population has now had at least one jab against Covid-19 and Public Health England says the vaccines have already saved at least 6,000 lives and stopped many becoming ill. But for all its success, the rollout has raised questions about rare but serious side-effects. The one that’s caught the public eye is the […]

How your tears may soon help save your life


Here’s a good reason to start crying with happiness: your tears could soon save your life by providing an early warning of cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. In future, they may even predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And tears are not the only bodily secretions that are being used in a new generation of […]

Researchers identify protein produced after stroke that triggers neurodegeneration — ScienceDaily


Researchers with the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern have identified a new protein implicated in cell death that provides a potential therapeutic target that could prevent or delay the progress of neurodegenerative diseases following a stroke. Scientists from the departments of pathology, neurology, biochemistry, and pharmacology at UTSW have identified and named […]

Espresso, latte or decaf? Genetic code drives your desire for coffee — ScienceDaily


Whether you hanker for a hard hit of caffeine or favour the frothiness of a milky cappuccino, your regular coffee order could be telling you more about your cardio health than you think. In a world first study of 390,435 people, University of South Australia researchers found causal genetic evidence that cardio health — as […]

Changing views on atherosclerosis — ScienceDaily


Peter Libby, MD, cardiovascular medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; author of a new review paper published in Nature. Atherosclerosis — hardening of the arteries — is now involved in the majority of deaths worldwide, and advances in our understanding of the biology of […]

Having a sweet tooth could lead to heart disease and death in middle age, study finds


Having a sweet tooth could lead to heart disease and an early death, a study has suggested. University of Oxford scientists tracked 116,000 people’s eating habits for up to 15 years and checked whether they had been admitted to hospital or died.  They found people who regularly indulged in chocolate bars and sugary drinks were more […]

More belly weight increases danger of heart disease even if BMI does not indicate obesity — ScienceDaily


People with abdominal obesity and excess fat around the body’s mid-section and organs have an increased risk of heart disease even if their body mass index (BMI) measurement is within a healthy weight range, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published today in the Association’s flagship journal, Circulation. “This scientific […]

Pregnant women with COVID 20 times more likely to die and infants may have to be in NICUs longer


Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 face much higher risks of severe and deadly complications during childbirth, a new study suggests. Researchers found that ill mothers-to-be had a 76 percent higher risk of developing preeclampsia – a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure – and 59 percent more likely to give birth prematurely, requiring their infants to […]

New safer blood test is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut allergies 


A new blood test promises to diagnose food allergies more accurately and offer a safer alternative to current testing practices. A trial by doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London has found that the test — called the basophil activation test (BAT) — is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut […]

Heart health of shift workers linked to body clock — ScienceDaily


Working hours that deviate from an individual’s natural body clock are associated with greater cardiovascular risk, according to research presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Our study found that for each hour the work schedule was out of sync with an employee’s body clock, […]

Gender-affirming hormone therapy may increase risk of high blood pressure — ScienceDaily


Gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) was associated with blood pressure changes in both transgender men and women, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. Given the higher burden of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions among transgender men and women, blood pressure screening and monitoring are important, especially after […]

Medical student, 21, died a day after getting J&J vaccine


John Foley, 21 (pictured), a student at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio received the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on Saturday and was discovered by his roommates on Sunday Officials are investigating the death of a University of Cincinnati student one day after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.  John Foley, 21, a […]

Study strengthens links between red meat and heart disease — ScienceDaily


An observational study in nearly 20,000 individuals has found that greater intake of red and processed meat is associated with worse heart function. The research is presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Previous studies have shown links between greater red meat consumption and increased […]

New study links red meat consumption with heart disease


UK scientists have linked the consumption of any form of red meat – such as beef, lamb and pork – with a decline in heart function.  The researchers, who studied nearly 20,000 individuals, found that greater intake of red and processed meat was linked with a decline in three different measures of heart health.   Processed […]

Surpassed only by advanced age and organ transplant as a risk factor, large study shows — ScienceDaily


Physical inactivity is linked to more severe COVID-19 infection and a heightened risk of dying from the disease, finds a large US study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive during the 2 years preceding the pandemic were more likely to be admitted to hospital, to […]

Study suggests new advice for medics treating high blood pressure — ScienceDaily


New research led by a professor at NUI Galway is set to change how doctors treat some patients with high blood pressure — a condition that affects more than one in four men and one in five women. The study by researchers at NUI Galway, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School found no evidence […]

How to tackle heel pain and get back on your feet: DR MARTIN SCURR addresses your health issues 


My wife is a keen walker, but has not been able to walk for months due to heel pain. Her doctor and podiatrist both suggested plantar fasciitis, but it does not hurt in the typical area, and she has not responded to treatment. She is 67. Peter Goode, via email. Heel pain, as your wife […]

Experts are worried that using the Body Mass Index is not a fat lot of good 


During a year of grim statistics, it was one of the grimmest. Launching its £10 million anti-obesity strategy last summer, Public Health England (PHE) warned that being severely obese could increase the chance of death in those who caught Covid-19 by up to 90 per cent. Shedding excess pounds, PHE advised, was one of most […]

Adults with gum disease are TWICE as likely to have high blood pressure, study warns


Adults who suffer from gum disease are TWICE as likely to have high blood pressure, study warns Researchers at UCL looked at the link between gum disease and blood pressure  Found people with periodontitis are 2.3 times more likely to have hypertension  In study, 14% of people with periodontitis had a medically high blood pressure This […]

What can I do about my burning mouth? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions


I’ve suffered from burning mouth syndrome for about 25 to 30 years. No one seems to be able to help. I am 78 years old. Can you suggest anything? Margaret Wheddon, via email. Burning mouth syndrome is a poorly understood condition and your experience with it must be debilitating.  As there are no tests for […]

New tablet promises to prevent AND treat crippling migraines


One of those involved in the rimegepant trials, Darlene LeBlanc, 63, describes how the drug was the first treatment she’d tried in over 40 years that worked well for her debilitating symptoms For almost three decades, Jennifer Farrington’s life had been dominated by migraines so bad that the GP had to go on sick leave […]

Covid US: A THIRD of deaths occur in care homes although residents make up less than 1% population


Less than one percent of Americans live in nursing homes, but this vulnerable population has made up about one-third of coronavirus deaths. Of the 551,747 people in the U.S. who have died of COVID-19 so far, about 175,000 – 31.7 percent – were nursing home residents, according to an analysis from The COVID Tracking Project. What’s […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Help! Sex is painful at 72 but I can’t take HRT pills to cure it


I am 72, very fit and active, and recently met someone I’d like to have a relationship with – but I’m finding sex painful. My GP says HRT is the only thing that will help, but I can’t take it as I have a family history of breast cancer. What can I do? Pain during […]

HEALTH NOTES: Gene tests identify risks associated with ‘silent’ strokes 


HEALTH NOTES: Gene tests identify risks associated with ‘silent’ strokes By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:01 EDT, 3 April 2021 | Updated: 17:19 EDT, 3 April 2021 Gene tests could one day be used to spot patients at risk of ‘silent’ strokes that cause dementia, scientists believe. Researchers studied genetic samples of thousands of people […]

Why 2020 was the year of marvellous medicine


A year ago, the world was in the grip of a deadly and, seemingly, unstoppable virus and the UK went into its first lockdown.  Since then, vaccines and life-saving drugs to counter Covid have been the focus of international attention.  But the past year has also seen major developments in treatments for cancer, diabetes, multiple […]

Tobacco smoke exposure could increase children’s blood pressure, study finds


Researchers found 6% of children who were exposed to tobacco smoke had high blood pressure compared to 4% in children who weren’t exposed, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open. The study defined tobacco exposure as a child reporting smoking, living with a smoker or having serum cotinine levels, which measures recent […]

Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave


Credit: CC0 Public Domain The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest. Writing in The BMJ today, researchers in Australia and the UK say evidence suggests three […]

California announces regional lockdown plan as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals


Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 23:57 The number of U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations topped 100,000 for the first time, as California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said he was likely to impose stay-at-home orders on every region of the state except the San Francisco Bay Area later this week. California’s new policy will take effect in any […]

Study finds 10 metabolites associated with risk of stroke


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Metabolites are small molecules found in our body’s cells. They come from the food we eat, chemical processes happening within our bodies and microbes. A new analysis of recent studies has found that the levels of 10 metabolites detected in the blood are associated with a person’s risk of stroke. The […]

Study forecasts advantages and disadvantages for Black patients of removing race from kidney function calculators


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Race is not biology. As a social construct, race is an unreliable predictor of physiologic variation and a notoriously unreliable marker for biologic differences across populations. To reflect this growing realization, hospital systems and professional medical organizations have started reconsidering the use of race in clinical calculators that estimate how well […]

‘Repeat after me’ for better diabetes care


(HealthDay)—Repeat this: The key to helping people with diabetes stay healthier and out of the hospital could be as simple as better communication. And an underutilized technique called “teach-back” may make a big difference for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients, a new study finds. It’s a simple concept: After a health care provider […]

Women found to be at higher risk for heart failure and heart attack death than men


Myocardial Infarction or Heart Attack. Credit: Blausen Medical Communications/Wikipedia/CC-A 3.0 Women face a 20% increased risk of developing heart failure or dying within five years after their first severe heart attack compared with men, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. Previous research looking at sex differences in […]

Teladoc eyes several new phases of growth for telemedicine


This is image provided by Teladoc, shows Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic. Telemedicine provider Teladoc Health wants to play a bigger role in managing patient care, especially for people with chronic conditions. (Teladoc via AP) Fresh off a big acquisition and riding a wave of customer growth, Teladoc Health is ready to do more for patients. […]

Low-cost population-wide salt reduction strategies could save lives


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Reducing salt consumption at population levels is a cost-effective strategy to combat high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in Africa according to new Griffith University-led research. In a study published in the British Medical Journal Open, researchers from Griffith’s School of Medicine and the University of Oxford evaluated the health impacts […]

Genetic discovery could lead to better prediction of suicide risk within families


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Every 11 minutes, an American dies by suicide. That’s 132 people a day or more than 48,000 annually. For those left behind, the haunting question is why. One emerging factor is family history. Perhaps the most famous example is Ernest Hemingway’s family. In addition to his own suicide in 1961, the […]

Heart structure may play role in stroke risk disparities between Black and white people


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers have found that differences in the left atrium in the hearts of Black people and white people may play a role in risk of stroke, according to a new study published in the November 25, 2020, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Black […]

Obesity is not only the individual’s responsibility


Statistical differences were found in all of the categories on the graph. Credit: Adapted from Table 3 in Asahara et al. PLOS ONE, 2020. Research based on 5425 citizens’ responses to a questionnaire survey has illuminated that obesity causes are linked to various factors in addition to the individual’s current socioeconomic circumstances, including childhood experiences, […]

Study examines remission of obesity-related complications in teens after bariatric surgery


Eighty to 90% of adolescents benefit from lasting weight loss following bariatric surgery, and most experience the remission of obesity-related complications such as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and musculoskeletal pain, among others. In a new study published in Obesity, researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) have shown that, with the […]

U.S. leads wealthy nations in pregnancy-related deaths


(HealthDay)—American women are far more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in other wealthy countries—and a national shortage of maternity care providers bodes ill for the future. Those are some of the findings from a new report on maternal mortality by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, which compared the United States with 10 other […]

Study questions blood pressure drug guidance based on age and ethnicity


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain No evidence found to support differing advice according to age and ethnicity Current UK guidance on drug treatment for high blood pressure—which differs depending on a patient’s age and ethnicity—could be simplified in line with other international guidelines, suggests a study published by The BMJ. The results show similar reductions in […]

Diabetes, hypertension may increase risk of COVID-19 brain complications


Chest X-ray of a SARS-CoV-2-positive patient exhibiting confusion and showing weakness on his left side shows pneumonia in the lower lungs. Credit: Radiological Society of North America Some patients with COVID-19 are at higher risk of neurological complications like bleeding in the brain and stroke, according to a study being presented at the annual meeting […]

Algorithm-driven digital program helped lower patients’ cholesterol, blood pressure


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Using a remotely-delivered, algorithm-driven program for disease management, patients experienced significant improvement in cholesterol and blood pressure levels, according to late-breaking research presented today at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. The manuscript of this study is simultaneously published today in Circulation, the American Heart Association’s flagship journal. Failure to […]

Here’s three ways physical activity changes its very structure


Regular exercise changes the structure of our bodies’ tissues in obvious ways, such as reducing the size of fat stores and increasing muscle mass. Less visible, but perhaps even more important, is the profound influence exercise has on the structure of our brains – an influence that can protect and preserve brain health and function […]

Improvements in lung cancer care


Credit: Rush University Medical Center Cancer care is constantly evolving. And nowhere is that more true than with lung cancer. “In just the last few years, lung cancer care has evolved considerably,” says Gaurav Marwaha, MD, radiation oncologist. “The types of treatment options and treatment combinations that existed just a few years ago are now […]

Most type 2 diabetes patients are at high risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Preventing heart attacks and strokes in type 2 diabetes patients managed in primary care should be an urgent priority. That’s the conclusion of a study published on World Diabetes Day in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “The most striking result of […]

Fish oil and vitamin D supplements not effective for preventing atrial fibrillation


A 12 lead ECG showing atrial fibrillation at approximately 150 beats per minute. Credit: James Heilman, MD/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 Taking omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D3 supplements does not neither increase nor decrease the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, according to late-breaking research presented today at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. Atrial fibrillation […]

Big study supports cheap combo pill to lower heart risks


This November 2020 photo provided by McMaster University shows 75mg aspirin pills, left, and Polycaps, pills from India-based Cadila Pharmaceuticals that contains one cholesterol and three blood pressure medicines, used in the International Polycap Study 3 (TIPS-3). On Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, researchers say the cheap, daily pill taken with low-dose aspirin can cut the […]

How Can My College Student Come Home Safely for Thanksgiving?


Sofia Pelaez, 21, left her Texas A&M University, San Antonio, campus three weeks earlier than planned to travel to her home in League City, Tex., because cases in her dorm were on the rise, but she worried about putting her mother, who has high blood pressure, at risk. “I feel like if something would happen […]

Structural racism is a driver of health disparities, report declares


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The history of structural racism in the U.S. must be acknowledged as a driver of health problems and shortened lives for Black people and other racial and ethnic groups, says an American Heart Association report that seeks to spark action to fix the problem. “Structural racism has been and remains a […]

After heart attack, pot smoking raises post-op dangers


(HealthDay)—Election Day 2020 saw marijuana legalization continue its march across the United States, but a pair of new studies warn that smoking pot could increase risk for heart patients. Marijuana smokers are more likely to suffer complications like excess bleeding or stroke if they undergo angioplasty to reopen clogged arteries, a University of Michigan-led study […]

Cardiac arrest deaths are rising – especially among younger black adults


After declining steadily for more than a decade, new research shows the number of people dying from cardiac arrests is climbing. And the greatest increase is among young Black adults. The study, which is being presented Friday at the American Heart Association’s virtual Scientific Sessions, pulled data from 311,065 death certificates for Black and white […]

Asian ethnicity strongly linked to COVID-related stroke


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Asian ethnicity is strongly linked to COVID-related stroke, reveals an analysis of stroke centre activity in England and Scotland during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Among patients with ischaemic stroke, which is caused by a blocked artery, […]

Telemedicine out of reach for those who can’t get online


computer keyboard (HealthDay)—As the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the United States, many people changed the way they live: As shopping, education and work shifted online, so did routine health care appointments. However, while telemedicine seemed to make it easy to check in with a primary care doctor, a new study suggests that wasn’t the case […]

The connection between diabetes, kidney disease and high blood pressure


It’s a triple health threat faced by tens of millions of Americans. But few think about it until they’re forced to. Even then, the interplay between diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease can be a challenge for people to grasp. But doctors say having an understanding is key for anybody who wants to reduce […]

Social Isolation Tied to High Blood Pressure in Women


Women who are socially isolated have an increased risk for high blood pressure, researchers report. But men, not so much. Scientists used data on 28,238 Canadian men and women aged 45 to 85 who are participating in a large continuing study on aging. The researchers found that compared with married women, single women had a […]

Abnormal blood pressure levels while sleeping increase risk of heart disease, stroke


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain People who experience high blood pressure while sleeping are more likely to experience future cardiovascular disease especially heart failure, even when their daytime blood pressure is within normal ranges, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. Health care professionals typically use in-office and daytime […]

CDC Says Nurses Are at High Risk for Covid-19


Among health care workers, nurses in particular have been at significant risk of contracting Covid-19, according to a new analysis of hospitalized patients by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were released Monday as a surge of new hospitalizations swept the country, with several states hitting record levels of cases. About 6 […]

For pregnant women with heart disease, multidisciplinary care may be essential


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Cardiovascular disease is now the number one cause of maternal mortality in the United States, but a new study suggests that care from a multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics team may improve pregnancy outcomes and reduce hospital readmission rates. The study was conducted by researchers from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons […]

Gut bacteria linked to weight gain following chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Approximately 30% of breast cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatment gain weight, though it is unclear why this phenomenon occurs in some women but not in others. Beyond weight gain, chemotherapy is also known to increase the risk of high blood pressure and glucose intolerance, a prediabetes condition. Although this is […]

Air pollution killed 500k newborns in 2019: global study


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Air pollution killed 476,000 newborns in 2019, with the biggest hotspots in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new global study which said that nearly two-thirds of the deaths came from noxious fumes from cooking fuels. More than 116,000 Indian infants died from air pollution in the first month of […]

Nearly 300K excess US deaths since January, most from virus: CDC


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The United States has seen around 300,000 more deaths than usual since late January, with two-thirds attributable to COVID-19 and the rest due to other causes, a government study said Tuesday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that overall, an estimated 299,028 excess deaths occurred from […]

The dangers of hypertension in young adults


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a significant risk factor for heart disease and other major health issues. A recent JAMA study shows a large number of Americans between the ages of 18 and 44 aren’t even aware that they have high blood pressure. It stresses the importance of regular blood […]

Think You Have ‘Normal’ Blood Pressure? Think Again


The study, directed by Dr. Seamus P. Whelton, cardiologist and epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Baltimore, followed a cohort of 1,457 middle-aged men and women initially free of atherosclerotic vascular disease and known risk factors for 14.5 years. As the participants aged, their risk factors for […]

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge


Children scramble for candy during a homecoming parade on Friday Oct. 16, 2020, in Wessington Springs, S.D. The parade had to be postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak that killed five residents of the local nursing home. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves) Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for […]

Study reveals kidney disease or injury is associated with much higher risk of mortality for COVID-19 patients in ICU


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New research published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) reveals the much higher risk of mortality faced by COVID-19 patients in intensive care who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) or, those who develop new (acute) kidney injury (AKI) as a result of developing COVID-19. CKD is a type […]

Ontarians stockpiled prescription medications at beginning of pandemic, according to new drug monitoring tool


Credit: CC0 Public Domain In mid-March, Ontarians stockpiled inhalers and there was a 19.2 percent spike in the dispensing of Hydroxychloroquine, a malaria medication promoted as a possible treatment for COVID-19 that has since proven to be ineffective, according to a new interactive tool launched Thursday by scientists at the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network […]

Dementia deaths rise during the summer of COVID, leading to concern


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Deaths from dementia during the summer of 2020 are nearly 20% higher than the number of dementia-related deaths during that time in previous years, and experts don’t yet know why. An estimated 61,000 people have died from dementia, which is 11,000 more than usual within that period. “There’s something wrong, there’s […]

Flu and COVID-19 are bad enough, but they also can raise stroke risk


Adrienne Bresnahan/Moment, Getty Images It’s flu season. In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. Is this any time to be thinking about your risk of stroke? Yes, researchers say. Having either influenza or the coronavirus seems to increase the odds of having an ischemic stroke—the type where blood flow in the brain is blocked. While […]

Tied to undiagnosed disease, aortic dissection in pregnancy proves difficult to predict


Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a time already full of challenges and changes, some pregnant and postpartum women will also experience a rare but dangerous heart complication: an aortic dissection. For a new investigation published in JAMA Cardiology, researchers studied the experiences of 29 participants in an international registry who were unexpectedly hospitalized for a […]

Extra Pounds May Raise Risk of Severe Covid-19


Surprisingly, the risk of being overweight was even greater than that linked to obesity. Overweight patients were 40 percent more likely to die than healthy-weight patients, while obese patients were at 30 percent greater risk, compared with the healthy-weight patients. The findings clearly demonstrated an increased risk of severe Covid-19 in anyone with a B.M.I. […]

Hispanics are paying the price for being ‘essential’ during the pandemic


djvstock/iStock, Getty Images Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Maria de Lourdes Alvarado has had to pick up extra or overtime shifts whenever she can, like millions of other essential workers outside of the health care field who are helping to maintain a sense of normalcy in their communities. And also like them, Alvarado is bearing […]

Black and Asian patients have increased risk of severe COVID-19 at different stages of the disease


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Patients of Black ethnicity have an increased risk of requiring hospital admission for COVID-19, while patients of Asian ethnicity have an increased risk of dying in hospital from COVID-19, compared to White patients, a study has found. Data analysis published today in EClinicalMedicine, led by researchers at King’s College London, with […]

Strokes and heart attacks increase when flu-like illnesses rise


Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library, Getty Images Heart attack risk increases quickly after a flu-like illness, while stroke risk rises slower, according to new research. The study, published Oct. 8 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, examined the relationship between the flu, heart attacks and strokes, which all occur more frequently during winter months. […]

Certain pre-existing conditions may double, triple mortality risk for COVID-19


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A large, international study of COVID-19 patients confirmed that cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, stroke and cancer can increase a patient’s risk of dying from the virus. Penn State College of Medicine researchers say their findings may help public health officials improve patient care and develop […]

Pregnancy complications linked to heightened risk of heart disease and stroke in later life


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and pre-term birth are linked to a heightened risk of heart disease in later life, suggests an overarching (umbrella) analysis of data published by The BMJ today. Several other factors related to fertility and pregnancy also seem to be associated […]

The COVID-19 pandemic may make getting health insurance harder. Here’s why


Credit: CC0 Public Domain The high cost of treating COVID-19, its long-term health complications for those who recover, and the economic ramifications of the pandemic are driving home the value of the protections created under the Affordable Care Act – and how much trouble many Americans will find themselves in if the law is overturned. […]

Despite recent setbacks, Americans’ blood pressure has dropped dramatically since 1960


champc / iStock, Getty Images Plus Blood pressure among adults decreased significantly during a 45-year period, according to new research that may offer encouragement for the millions who continue to struggle to control their blood pressure. The study, published Oct. 5 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation , sought to pinpoint the magnitude of […]

As virtual doctor visits spike, concerns about equity, missed diagnoses grow


(HealthDay)—Telemedicine has rapidly grown as a way to get medical care in the era of COVID-19, but a new study reveals that a doctor’s evaluation by phone or video may miss crucial clues to impending health problems. Telemedicine visits accounted for about 35% of primary care visits between April and June—a huge increase for what […]

Trump’s Treatment Suggests Severe Covid-19, Medical Experts Say


Using multiple drugs at once could have an impact on their effectiveness, and it increases the risk of harmful drug interactions, said Dr. McGinn. “You’re giving remdesivir, you’re giving dexamethasone, and you’re giving monoclonal antibodies,” he said, referring to the experimental treatment by Regeneron. “No one’s ever done that, not to mention famotidine and some […]

How 20 years of stroke research revealed disparities among Mexican Americans


Belinda Zuniga works for a stroke research project. Photo courtesy: Belinda Zuniga Belinda Zuniga was searching the classified ads for job notices 14 years ago when a single word caught her attention: stroke. Her grandmother had just had one. “We had so many questions. Her stroke really disabled her,” said Zuniga, a certified nursing assistant. […]

Trump Has the Coronavirus. What Risks Does He Face?


President Trump’s announcement on Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus has raised many questions about what the infection could mean for the health of America’s top leader. In a statement, the president’s physician said Mr. Trump, who is 74, was “well” but did not say whether he was experiencing symptoms. He said […]

Diabetes in Pregnancy Tied to Heart Risks in Young Adult Children


People whose mothers had diabetes before or during pregnancy have an increased risk for heart disease as young adults, new research suggests. The risk was apparent both for children of mothers with pre-existing Type 2 diabetes and for children whose mothers developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy. The study, in the journal CMAJ, included 293,546 people […]

Huge Study of Coronavirus Cases in India Offers Some Surprises to Scientists


With 1.3 billion people jostling for space, India has always been a hospitable environment for infectious diseases of every kind. And the coronavirus has proved to be no exception: The country now has more than six million cases, second only to the United States. An ambitious study of nearly 85,000 of those cases and nearly […]

Life in a food desert, where fresh produce is 2 bus rides from home


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Willie Brown carefully guided his cart of groceries off the Trinity Metro Bus. The cart thumped on the ground, and he slowly pushed it across an empty parking lot toward home. Thirty years ago, that empty parking lot would have been filled with shopping carts and families buying groceries. It would […]

Childhood chemo alters heart’s caretaker cells, study finds


Gregory Aune, MD, PhD, and his team at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, part of UT Health San Antonio, seek answers to the puzzle of why some children who receive chemotherapy go on to develop heart failure in adulthood. Credit: UT Health San Antonio Cancer chemotherapy changes the function of cells that repair heart […]

Regular use of acid reflux drugs linked to heightened risk of type 2 diabetes


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Regular use of acid reflux drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs for short, is linked to a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes, finds research published online in the journal Gut. And the longer these drugs are taken, the greater the risk seems to be, the findings show, […]

Newer type 2 diabetes medications have heart and kidney disease benefits, too


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Two newer groups of medications prescribed primarily for Type 2 diabetes treatment (SGLT2 inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonists) could significantly reduce risks associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart disease. Based on analyses of the clinical trials through March 2020, a group of leading experts in diabetes, heart failure, kidney […]

Nearly 1M who died of COVID-19 also illuminated treatment


This March 2020 photo provided by the family shows Ming Wang in Sydney, Australia. The 71-year-old was sickened in March on a cruise from Australia with his wife, a break after decades of running the family’s Chinese restaurant in Papillion, Neb. In the 74 days he was hospitalized, doctors desperately tried various experimental approaches, including […]

A Man Died After Eating a Bag of Black Licorice Every Day


He had no history of heart problems. He walked his dog regularly and worked a physically demanding job as a construction worker, according to his doctors. Then, in January 2019, he collapsed at a McDonald’s and died. The likely culprit? Black licorice, according to the doctors who treated him and who this week published their […]

Spontaneous Nosebleeds Tied to High Blood Pressure


High blood pressure may increase your risk for nosebleeds, a new study reports. Korean researchers studied 35,749 people, average age 52, with hypertension, and matched them to a control group of 35,749 with normal blood pressure. They tracked spontaneous nosebleeds in each group — that is, nosebleeds not caused by trauma, surgery or disease — […]

Your neighborhood may raise your risk of chronic kidney disease


Credit: CC0 Public Domain A neighborhood’s overall socioeconomic status, including income and education level, may influence its residents’ risk of chronic kidney disease, according to a study recently published in SSM Population Health by researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Although previous studies have shown an association between individual socioeconomic status and […]

Obesity increases endometrial cancer risk


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Endometrial cancer, which begins in the uterus within the layer of cells that form the uterine lining, has been on the rise over the past decade. Each year in the U.S., over 60,000 women are diagnosed with endometrial cancer, also referred to as uterine cancer. Endometrial cancer is now the most […]

If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean


What would happen if the Supreme Court struck down the Affordable Care Act? The fate of the sprawling, decade-old health law known as Obamacare was already in question, with the high court expected to hear arguments a week after the presidential election in the latest case seeking to overturn it. But now, the death of […]

High blood pressure may cause poor communication between brain regions


Radachynskyi / iStock, Getty Images Plus A test that measures blood flow changes in the brain shows people with high blood pressure are more likely to experience poorer communication between brain regions than those with normal blood pressure, according to a small study. The research, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, also […]