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A novel pathway for prevention of heart attack and stroke

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Graphic: Different words like stroke and heart [22/08/2014] A recent study could pave the way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis. Finnish researchers have found that the low-expression variant of fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4), which is particularly common among Finns, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. The finding revealed a new way to customise a potentially preventive drug for atherosclerosis.A novel pathway for prevention of heart attack and stroke - Read more

Vaccines can cut the spread of meningitis by nearly 40 percent

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Graphic: Illustration of the brain [20/08/2014] Investigators at the University of Southampton have discovered that two new vaccines can prevent the transmission of meningitis bacteria from person to person. The vaccines do this by reducing 'carriage' of the responsible bacteria in the nose and throats of the population.Vaccines can cut the spread of meningitis by nearly 40 percent - Read more

Increased rates of preventable deaths after urologic procedures

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Photo: Surgery team during operation [19/08/2014] In recent years, a shift from inpatient to outpatient surgery in the U.S. for commonly performed urologic procedures has coincided with increasing deaths following complications that were potentially recognizable or preventable. The finding indicates the importance of monitoring urologic surgery patients for potential complications.Increased rates of preventable deaths after urologic procedures - Read more

Model predicts COPD hospital readmission

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Photo: Physician listens to a patient's chest [15/08/2014] Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified predictors of early rehospitalization among patients hospitalized for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Model predicts COPD hospital readmission - Read more

Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases rapidly after starting physical activity

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Photo: Woman and a man doing sports [11/08/2014] Postmenopausal women who in the past four years had undertaken regular physical activity equivalent to at least four hours of walking per week had a lower risk for invasive breast cancer compared with women who exercised less during those four years.Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases rapidly after starting physical activity - Read more

Earlier intervention for common form of heart attack linked to improved survival

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Photo: Man holding his breast [08/08/2014] Changes in the treatment of the most common form of heart attack over the past decade have been associated with higher survival rates for men and women regardless of age, race and ethnicity, according to a University of California (UCLA) led analysis. But the study also suggests that there is room for improvement in how current treatment guidelines are applied among specific patient groups.Earlier intervention for common form of heart attack linked to improved survival - Read more

Aspirin: Scientists believe cancer prevention benefits outweigh harms

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Photo: Aspirin [07/08/2014] New research reveals taking aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing – and dying from – the major cancers of the digestive tract. For the first time, scientists have reviewed all the available evidence from many studies and clinical trials assessing both the benefits and harms of preventive use of aspirin. Aspirin: Scientists believe cancer prevention benefits outweigh harms - Read more

New methods to identify MRSA in pigs

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Photo: MRSA culture in petri dish [06/08/2014] It is important to keep the number of MRSA infections at a low level. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, the latest technologies within whole genome sequencing were exploited to develop new methods to identify genes which are important for the survival of MRSA in pigs.New methods to identify MRSA in pigs - Read more

Computer simulation forecasts favorable trends in eradicating hepatitis C

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Graphic: Depiction of hepatits C virus [05/08/2014] Effective new drugs and screening would make hepatitis C a rare disease by 2036, according to a computer simulation conducted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Computer simulation forecasts favorable trends in eradicating hepatitis C - Read more

Reducing kidney injury using a quality improvement method

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Graphic: Depiction of a kidney [01/08/2014] Using quality improvement measures in eight of the 10 hospitals in the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group, researchers have found a way to reduce kidney injury in patients undergoing a procedure with contrast dye.Reducing kidney injury using a quality improvement method - Read more