Heart failure hospitalisation more than doubles in IBD flares
Dr Søren L. Kristensen, lead author, said: “Previous studies have shown an association between chronic inflammatory diseases (psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, celiac disease and IBD) and an increased incidence of venous- and arterial thrombotic disease (primarily heart attack and stroke). Researchers suggest the link is at least in part caused by inflammatory prothrombotic effects.” Topics: Heart Failure (HF)
FINDINGSUCLA neuroscientists are the first to show that rhythmic waves in the brain called theta oscillations happen more often when someone is navigating an unfamiliar environment, and that the more quickly a person moves, the more theta oscillations take place — presumably to process incoming information faster.In an unexpected finding, theta oscillations were most prominent in a blind person who relied on a cane to move. The scientists hypothesized that a sightless person explores a strange environment through multiple senses, which would require more brain activity to process the extra sensory input.BACKGROUNDThe...
Children are also three times as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis in later life if their mother had the agonising condition, claim researchers at Odense University Hospital in Denmark
Condition: Stroke Intervention: Other: Online Mindfulness Course Sponsors: University of Surrey; First Community Health and Care; Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Recruiting
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Conclusion: The central message of this study is that when acute onset symptoms are present in a relatively old patient with vascular risk factors, stroke should be considered as the possible aetiology until proven otherwise, and the appropriate steps should be taken to avoid a delay in the treatment and to improve outcomes.Case Rep Neurol 2017;9:277 –283
The children born to women with the disease were almost three more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis themselves, the study found.
Ze Xiu Xiao, Xu Zheng, Li Hu, Julie Wang, Nancy Olsen, Song Guo Zheng
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), popularized most famously by Dick Cheney, have become somewhat common in the past few years. They augment the cardiac output, and in many cases they have significantly extended the lifespans of heart failure patients. Managing LVADs can be a challenge, with a particular emphasis placed on keeping the area where the power cord comes of the body pristinely clean. Typically, the cord is passed through the skin on the abdomen, but keeping that area clean may be difficult if it’s prone to getting wet or soiled. At the Osaka University Hospital in Japan, clinicians faced just such a...
CONCLUSIONS: Because of the low positive predictive value of myocardial perfusion SPECT, utilization of the technique in the workup of cardiac patients undergoing noncardiac surgery has been inappropriate. Myocardial perfusion SPECT should be restricted to only clearly defined appropriate use criteria. LIMITATIONS: Relatively small number of patients and retrospective design.
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