Evidence supports ‘weekend effect’ for mortality after surgery

As for other types of medical care, surgery appears to be prone to a significant "weekend effect"— with higher odds of death when surgery...

Sleep duration, cycle linked to childhood body weight

related eating behaviours and childhood body weight, according to a study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference “Obesity and Cancer:...

Left bundle branch block tied to left ventricular dysfunction

Left bundle branch block (LBBB) is associated with a smaller degree of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) improvement compared with other QRS morphologies, a...

Few stroke survivors have ideal CV health

Few stroke survivors display ideal cardiovascular health, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference which ended in Los...

MIND diet may slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors

A diet created by researchers at Rush University Medical Center may help substantially slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors, according to preliminary research presented last week...

Walking shown to reduce all-cause mortality risk in older adults

Acknowledging that engaging in more than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity weekly is recommended for optimal health, the...

Smoking only one cigarette/day ups heart disease, stroke risk

 Smoking one cigarette per day is still associated with a significant increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, according to research published in The BMJ. Allan Hackshaw,...

Influenza, MI link confirmed

Chances of a heart attack are increased six-fold during the first seven days after detection of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection, according to a new study by researchers...

Brain-scan guided emergency stroke treatment can save more lives

Advances in brain imaging can identify a greater number of stroke patients who can receive therapy later than previously believed, according to a new study presented...

Dietary fibre protects against obesity, metabolic syndrome

Consumption of dietary fibre can prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and adverse changes in the intestine by promoting growth of "good" bacteria in the colon. Georgia...

Repeat BP reading needed in children with initial high result

Only approximately half of paediatric patients with a blood pressure reading ≥95th percentile would be correctly classified based on their initial blood pressure reading. Making...

Ultrasound-measured liver stiffness may predict mortality risk in HF patients

As a proxy for liver congestion, liver stiffness measured with ultrasound elastography has important prognostic value among patients with heart failure, a Japanese study...

Impact of mid-life dietary patterns on long-term survival

Results of a recent retrospective study in healthy patients have suggested that promotion of a healthy dietary pattern should begin in middle age, before...

Importance of second paediatric blood pressure screening

Nearly one-quarter of children and teens who had their blood pressure screened at a primary care appointment showed a reading in the hypertensive range, but less...

Silent MI associated with heart failure risk

Silent heart attacks leave individuals at increased long-term risk for heart failure, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has confirmed. Lead researcher...

Rating scales predict discharge destination after stroke

Stroke survivors with higher scores on widely used outcome measures are more likely to be discharged home from the hospital, while those with lower...

Study looks at ultrasound use to determine cardiac standstill

A recent study in Annals of Emergency Medicine assessed physicians' ability to determine when cardiac standstill was present on ultrasound. (2017. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.07.476.) They selected 127...

Doctors urged again to participate in practice cost studies

Doctors‘ reluctance to participate in the current practice cost study (PCS) surveys could cost them dearly, possibly leading to their fees being capped at a level...