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Music to your ears? How to prevent heart failure

A Cochrane Collaboration review suggests that music might benefit heart patients. To entrepreneurial scientists this sounds like an unrivalled opportunityJust before Christmas I told you about the discovery that the brain shrinks during sleep, allowing it to get rid of all those nasty toxins it accumulates during the day, including beta amyloid. I described a potential medical application of this knowledge, the so-called BraneDrane™, under development by the labs of Black Knight Industries®.I can now talk about our experiences with the 'BraneDrane' prototype. After the device was fitted all subjects underwent enforced sleep deprivation to test its effectiveness. Results, it must be admitted, were somewhat mixed.The microfluidic pump driving the 'Brainscrub' solution failed in two patients, resulting in hydrocephalus. Fortunately a tap on the head fixed that. There seemed to be no effect on five subjects, while a further three managed to survive ten days before falling to the floor sobbing uncontrollably. Three patients became long-distance lorry drivers; two set up a childcare business together; and one painted himself blue, calls himself Boadicea and is going around muttering something about "bloody Romans". We're keeping him away from knives and other sharp implements. Another three claim to have discovered the Grand Unifying Theory, but refuse to speak to anyone about it until they're guaranteed safe passage, a helicopter, and "first dibs on the Ma...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Science Source Type: news

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Authors: Rafiq K Abstract Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of diseases that involve disorders of heart and blood vessels, including: hypertension, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, which finally lead to heart failure (HF). There are several treatments available all over the world, but still CVD and heart failure became the number one problem causing death every year worldwide. Both experimental and clinical studies have shown a role for inflammation in the pathogenesis of heart failure. This seems related to an imbalance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammato...
Source: Cardiovascular and Hematological Disorders Drug Targets - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Cardiovasc Hematol Disord Drug Targets Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Inserting a smaller sized peripheral intravenous catheter did not result in a lower pain sensation. Moreover, to prevent pain upon inserting a peripheral intravenous catheter, an unsuccessful attempt must be avoided. PMID: 29772984 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The Journal of Vascular Access - Category: Surgery Tags: J Vasc Access Source Type: research
The objective of the present study was to assess the possible utility of the difference in coronary sinus diameter to quantify stable atherosclerotic plaque(s) using 256-slice coronary computed tomographic angiography. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 336 patients were divided into 2 groups with 168 patients each. Patients who had heart failure were included in the study group and those who did not were included in the non-study group. Patients were subjected to cross-sectional study. Cardiovascular images were performed with 256-slice coronary computed tomographic angiography with a prospective electrocardiogram and clinic...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS Patients with traumatic HI show remarkable differences in clinicopathological features among juvenile, middle-aged, and elderly individuals. PMID: 29773781 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
A modern blend of yoga, Zen Buddhism, hypnosis and psychology, it ’s huge on the continent and it’s on its way hereMindfulness is the tried-and-tested tool of our times for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addiction and more, but what if it ’s not your thing? For those too twitchy to sit still and focus on breathing, the ubiquitous mindfulness apps, self-help sheets and courses in schools and workplaces are little more than totems of uselessness. But you wouldn’t have this problem if you lived in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland o r Portugal, because you’d be doing sophrology instead. It&rs...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Life and style Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Source Type: news
BOWEL cancer symptoms include stomach pain, a change in bowel habits, and finding blood in your stool. You could reveal your risk of the cancer by checking your poo after using the toilet. Should a healthy poo sink or float?
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
We report the case of a 79-year-old man with severe, undiagnosed OSA who inhaled his fixed dental bridge during sleep. The inhaled foreign body came to rest in the lumen of the left main stem bronchus. The association of obesity with a body mass index of 30kg/m2, snoring with breathing pauses reported by his partner, nocturia, morning headache and an Epworth score of 11 led to polysomnography which confirmed OSA with an apnoea/hypopnoea index of 53 per hour. This case report emphasises that OSA may constitute a risk fact for foreign body inhalation in elderly subjects due to arousal-induced hyperventilation following the a...
Source: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Rev Mal Respir Source Type: research
This is a fishy recommendation from the AHA. And here's the type of fish that's better for your heart.
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Source Type: news
When pain settled into Blair Golson's hands, it didn't let go.What started off as light throbbing in one wrist 10 years ago quickly engulfed the other. The discomfort then spread, producing a pain much"like slapping your hands against a concrete wall," he says. He was constantly stretching them, constantly shaking them, while looking for hot or cold surfaces to lay them on for relief.But worse was the deep sense of catastrophe that accompanied the pain. Working in tech-related startups, he depended on his hands to type."Every time the pain got bad, I would think some variation of,'Oh no, I'm ...
Source: Psychology of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs
Publication date: Available online 19 May 2018 Source:The Veterinary Journal Author(s): Kate White, Mike Targett, John Harris Specific primary afferent fibres termed nociceptors are responsible for transmitting nociceptive information. Centrally the axonal terminals of these fibres synapse with secondary projection neurones in the spinal dorsal horn to transmit nociceptive information to the higher centres in the brain. Irrespective of the presence or absence of nociceptive inflow the activity of dorsal horn neurones is modulated by, amongst other things, local interneurones and descending midbrain and brainstem networks ...
Source: The Veterinary Journal - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
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