Heart Health Articles

Could Anemia Be Used To Assess The Burden And Control Of Neglected Tropical Diseases?

November 22, 2017

In this week's PLoS Medicine, a team of researchers argues that measuring anemia could be a good way of monitoring the burden and control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as schistosomiasis and intestinal worms. Imelda Bates (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK) and colleagues say that the prevalence of anemia in a community might be a good indicator of the burden of NTDs in that community since anemia prevalence is objective and quantifiable, anaemia is a major comp...

Seniors Still Uncertain About New Prescription Drug Benefit, Highlighting Importance of Ongoing Education, Survey Finds, USA

November 21, 2017

With less than one week before enrollment in the new Medicare drug benefit is scheduled to begin, many seniors remain uncertain about the new coverage and undecided about whether they will enroll, according to a survey released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, the Akron Beacon Journal reports (Powell, Akron Beacon Journal, 11/11). The survey, conducted Oct. 13 to Oct. 31, includes responses from 802 seniors. It has a margin of error of plus-or-min...

Investigation Of Prenatal Smoking Link With Antisocial Behavior In Children

November 20, 2017

A Cardiff University research project has for the first time studied whether smoking during pregnancy can directly make children more likely to behave anti-socially. The unique study by scientists at the University's Schools of Medicine and Psychology examined the records of 779 children born by in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) whose prenatal environment was provided by either a related mother or an unrelated mother. They found a link between anti-social behaviour in children whose mothers smoked i...

81 Percent Of Hospital Patients At High Risk For Sleep Apnea

November 19, 2017

Eighty-one percent of hospital patients are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a Loyola University Health System study has found. The findings suggest that hospitals should consider giving patients a five-minute screening test to identify those who are at high risk. Sleep specialist Dr. Sunita Kumar and colleagues administered an eight-question obstructive sleep apnea screening questionnaire known as STOP-BANG to patients during a single day at Loyola University Hospital. Patients were ex...

Research Highlights From February Ophthalmology

November 18, 2017

Cataract surgery and AMD; Eye of the beholder; 'Normal' visual decline Does cataract surgery increase the risk of vision loss in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? How do people read faces to judge age or fatigue? Which has a larger impact on the "normal" decline of visual function as we age, genetic or environmental factors? These questions are explored in the February issue of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Age-Related Eye Disease Study (...