Purported Links Between Vaping and Heart Attacks are Based on Crappy Science

This study, being presented tomorrow (Monday) morning at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans, reports that " adults who report puffing e-cigarettes, or vaping, are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, coronary artery disease and depression compared with those who don ’t use them or any tobacco products. "These conclusions were based on a cross-sectional analysis of data from the 2014, 2016, and 2017 National Health Interview Surveys. Respondents were asked to report whether they had ever been diagnosed with having had a heart attack, coronary artery disease, or depression. The analysis found that people who reported vaping were more likely to have ever had a heart attack, to have ever been told they have coronary artery disease, or to have ever been diagnosed with depression. The analysis did control for smoking by including smoking status as a variable in the regression model.The Rest of the StoryThis is yet another example of the junk science that is rapidly being spewed out by anti-tobacco researchers who are apparently more interested in demonizing vaping than in using rigorous scientific reasoning.The problem with the study's conclusion is that this is a cross-sectional analysis and the researchers have no idea which came first: the vaping or the heart attack, heart disease, or depression.Let's consider heart attacks. It is entirely possible (and actually quite likely) that most - if not all - of the respon...
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Publication date: Available online 18 July 2019Source: International Review of NeurobiologyAuthor(s): Aruna Sharma, Rudy J. Castellani, Mark A. Smith, Dafin Fior Muresanu, Prasanta Kumar Dey, Hari Shanker SharmaAbstract5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), a precursor of serotonin, is therapeutically used for several psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression in the clinic. However, severe side effects, including abnormal mental functions, behavioral disturbances and intolerance are associated with this treatment. 5-HTP-induced elevation of plasma and brain serotonin levels may affect blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown, ...
Source: International Review of Neurobiology - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 July 2019Source: International Review of NeurobiologyAuthor(s): Dafin Fior Muresanu, Aruna Sharma, Ranjana Patnaik, Preeti K. Menon, Herbert Mössler, Hari Shanker SharmaAbstractThere is a growing trend of hypertension among military and civilian populations due to lifetime stressful situations. If hypertension is uncontrolled it leads to development of diabetes and serious neurological complications. Most of the World populations live in temperate zone across the World. Thus, a possibility exists that these hypertensive and diabetic people may have external heat as potential risk ...
Source: International Review of Neurobiology - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
In this study, we wanted to delineate weather the application of tDCS in the subacute stage of recovery post-stroke is superior over the chronic stage. Anodal and sham tDCS was applied to the primary motor cortex of 13 stroke patients in balanced cross-over design during subacute and chronic stages of recovery. The Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function test, evaluating the time required for performance of everyday motor tasks, was employed. The repeated-measure ANOVA showed significant influence of stimulation type, the test performance time relative to stimulation (during or after tDCS) with no overall influence of the stage of rec...
Source: Journal of Motor Behavior - Category: Neurology Tags: J Mot Behav Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The Apple Watch 4 could lead to earlier detection of acute coronary artery disease, but sensitivity and specificity remain unknown. PMID: 31314734 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The Permanente journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Perm J Source Type: research
Authors: Abraham AS, Vinson DR, Levis JT PMID: 31314731 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The Permanente journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Perm J Source Type: research
We report an unusual cause of low SAAG ascites in a 48-year-old woman with valvular heart disease. The patient presented with ascites, and cross-sectional imaging revealed a right iliac fossa mass with omental deposits. The patient was finally diagnosed as having pseudomyxoma peritonei on the basis of clinicoradiopathological features. DISCUSSION: Pseudomyxoma peritonei is a rare cause of low SAAG ascites. It is characterized by the deposition of mucinous material on the peritoneal surfaces. The most common site of origin is the appendix, although it can arise from other intraabdominal organs as well. Excision of the t...
Source: The Permanente journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Perm J Source Type: research
The White Mountain Apache Tribe have developed an innovative curriculum that connects youth through Elders to their heritage, traditions, and culture, which has been proven to be a protective factor for native Americans. The development process took 4 ½ ye...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news
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Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
Background: Depressive disorders have been independently associated with increased morbidity and mortality in adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD). We sought to assess the association between depressive disorder and access to care and quality of care among U.S. veterans with CVD.Methods: The 2013 Centers for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey was utilized to identify a cohort of 13,126 veterans with CVD. Presence of CVD was noted with a single affirmative response to the following questions: "Has a health care professional ever told you that you had any of the following:" (1) a...
Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Session Title: Poster Session II Source Type: research
Background: Improved access to care and quality of care can mitigate population level risk of heart disease and improve health outcomes. We sought to compare access to care in veterans versus non-veterans with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the U.S.Methods: The 2013 Centers for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey was utilized to identify a cohort of 57,171 adults with CVD. Presence of CVD was noted with a single affirmative response to the following questions: "Has a health care professional ever told you that you had any of the following:" (1) a heart attack or myocardial infarcti...
Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Session Title: Poster Session II Source Type: research
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