Opioids Are In the Spotlight. But Meth Hospitalizations Are Surging
The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245% from 2008 to 2015, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That dwarfs the rise in hospitalizations from other drugs, such as opioids, which were up by about 46%. The most significant increases were in Western states. The surge in hospitalizations and deaths due to amphetamines “is just totally off the radar,” ...
Source: TIME: Health - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anna Gorman / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

DTI-MRI offers window into Alzheimer's risk
Diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) could become a valuable way to assess a person's...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI links lifestyle factors to stroke, dementia risk MRI can aid diagnosis of major depressive disorder MRI ties high blood pressure to dementia risk DTI-MRI ties lack of fitness to cognitive decline Court rules that DTI-MRI scans are not 'junk science' (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 21, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Samsung ’ s NeuroLogica, MaxQ AI ink collab distro deal
Samsung Electronics (LON:BC94) subsidiary NeuroLogica said today that it inked a distribution deal with MaxQ AI to integrate its artificial intelligence software with NeuroLogica’s medical imaging tech in the U.S. and EU’s acute care marketplace. Through the deal, NeuroLogica said that it will offer MaxQ’s Accipio IX, part of the AI-company’s FDA-cleared and CE Mark approved Accipio Insight intracranial hemorrhage platform intended to support acute care physicians by identifying patients with suspected intracranial hemorrhage using non-contrast head computed tomography imaging. “We are ho...
Source: Mass Device - November 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Distribution Imaging Neurological Software / IT maxqai NeuroLogica Corp. samsung Source Type: news

Eigen posture based fall risk assessment system using Kinect - Tripathy SR, Chakravarty K, Sinha A.
Postural Instability (PI) is a major reason for fall in geriatric population as well as for people with diseases or disorders like Parkinson's, stroke etc. Conventional stability indicators like Berg Balance Scale (BBS) require clinical settings with skill... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Blackpool patient poisoning suspect understood to be nurse
A nurse from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust has been arrested on suspicion of administering poison to stroke patients. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

A sensor fusion approach for inertial sensors based 3D kinematics and pathological gait assessments: toward an adaptive control of stimulation in post-stroke subjects - Sijobert B, Feuvrier F, Froger J, Guiraud D, Coste CA.
This study proposes a novel approach using... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Depressed people at higher risk of strokes and premature death caused by irregular heartbeats 
Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark studied 785,254 participants who took mood-stabilising drugs from 2000 to 2013, starting from the month before they began treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Migraine With Aura Linked to Increased Risk for AF Migraine With Aura Linked to Increased Risk for AF
Migraine with visual aura appears to increase the risk for incident atrial fibrillation (AF), a connection that may place this population at increased risk for subsequent ischemic stroke, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Nico raises $13m Series B for neurosurgery devices
Nico Corp. said today that it raised nearly $13 million in a Series B round from a group of existing backers for its line of neurosurgery devices. Indianapolis-based Nico said the $12.5 million round is earmarked for new product development and commercialization, clinical and economic studies, growing its sales and clinical teams, and expanding its footprint in Europe. “Our shareholders have again confirmed their commitment and confidence in the value and outcomes of Nico technologies and our ability to both grow and create new markets in neurosurgery,” president & CEO Jim Pearson said in prepared rema...
Source: Mass Device - November 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Funding Roundup Neurological Surgical Wall Street Beat Nico Corp. Source Type: news

US Olympian Michael Johnson on making a full stroke recovery
The former world record holder told the BBC about how he made a full recovery after suffering a stroke. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US Olympian Michael Johnson on the shock of his stroke and recovery
The former world record holder told the BBC about how he made a full recovery after suffering a stroke. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Migraines Mimicking Stroke Still Pose Diagnostic Challenges
(MedPage Today) -- Migraine with aura responsible for 18% of improper thrombolytic treatments (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - November 19, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Plea for blood pressure tests in shop centres to cut heart deaths
EARLY detection and treatment for high blood pressure could prevent more than 115,000 cases of heart disease and strokes over the next decade, a study reveals today. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blackpool hospital worker held over 'poisoning' claims
The allegations relate to alleged mistreatment and neglect of some stroke patients in Blackpool. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blackpool hospital medic held over 'poisoning' claims
The allegations relate to alleged mistreatment and neglect of some stroke patients in Blackpool. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workplace Bullies Can Threaten the Heart
MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 -- If you're bullied by a bad boss or co-worker, your heart may pay the price, new research shows. Victims of on-the-job bullying or violence faced a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, the researchers found. The new... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Blood pressure medications: Everything you need to know
Blood pressure medications help prevent many serious complications, such as stroke and heart disease. Learn about the types and possible side effects in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hypertension Source Type: news

VNS With Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke VNS With Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke
Is vagus nerve stimulation a useful adjunct to standard rehabilitation for improving arm function after chronic ischemic stroke?Stroke (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Bullying and violence at work increases the risk of cardiovascular disease
(European Society of Cardiology) People who are bullied at work or experience violence at work are at higher risk of heart and brain blood vessel problems, including heart attacks and stroke, according to the largest prospective study to investigate the link, which is published in the European Heart Journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection Software Receives FDA Clearance
“AI and machine learning are going to transform healthcare, as they have virtually every other industry they have touched,” said Gene Saragnese, chairman and CEO of MaxQ AI in an interview with MD+DI. “Our world is surrounded by algorithms that present information, but one place it’s been lacking is healthcare.” MaxQ AI is doing its best to remedy that deficiency, starting with software that can detect intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). The company’s recently FDA-cleared Accipio Ix is used with noncontrast co...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Edwards & #039; Sapien 3 Ultra Valve Wins CE Mark
As expected, Edwards Lifesciences has secured a CE mark for its Sapien 3 Ultra device, but the company won't be able to release the new transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system in Germany due to a recent preliminary injunction from Boston Scientific. The CE mark allows Edwards to market the device in Europe for patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis. "Edwards is disappointed in Boston Scientific's tactic to limit access of this new therapy," the company said in a press release. The Germany case involves a European patent  Boston Scientific acquired in 2017 when it bo...
Source: MDDI - November 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Smoke Spreading From California Fires Sparks Health Concerns
Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and those with existing health problems are most at risk. Short-term exposure to wildfire smoke can worsen existing asthma and lung disease, leading to emergency room treatment or hospitalization, studies have shown. Increases in doctor visits or hospital treatment for respiratory infections, bronchitis and pneumonia i...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Smoke Spreading From California Fires Sparks Health Concerns
Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and those with existing health problems are most at risk. Short-term exposure to wildfire smoke can worsen existing asthma and lung disease, leading to emergency room treatment or hospitalization, studies have shown. Increases in doctor visits or hospital treatment for respiratory infections, bronchitis and pneumonia i...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Edwards Lifesciences wins CE Mark for Sapien 3 Ultra TAVR
Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Sapien 3 Ultra transcatheter aortic valve replacement system intended for patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis. Despite winning a CE Mark, Edwards said that the new valve will not be launched in Germany due to a preliminary injunction from rival Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX). The company said that “the German court will hold a full hearing on the merits of the dispute” mid-next year, and that it is hopeful it will prevail. The company said it will introduce the Sapien 3 Ultra in the rest of Euro...
Source: Mass Device - November 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Featured Regulatory/Compliance Replacement Heart Valves Edwards Lifesciences Source Type: news

AHA: Warm, Wet Weather Linked to Better Outcomes for Stroke Survivors
FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Rainy days may bring a lot more than relief from summer heat -- they also are connected to better survival chances and overall outlook for stroke survivors, according to a new study. Researchers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

HeartFlow wins Japanese reimbursement for FFRct analysis
HeartFlow said yesterday that it won reimbursement coverage from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for its HeartFlow FFRct fractional flow reserve analysis. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company said that it has already received approval from the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, and that reimbursement will go into effect beginning on December 1. “When a patient presents with symptoms suggesting CAD, we want to be able to quickly and effectively diagnose patients while reducing the need for unnecessary tests or invasive procedures. In clinical studies, we were able to see fir...
Source: Mass Device - November 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Featured Imaging Software / IT HeartFlow Source Type: news

High blood pressure: The one activity you should always indulge in to lower your reading
HIGH BLOOD pressure is a serious condition which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. It can be caused by a variety of factors, one of which is feeling stressed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rural Americans More Likely to Die from Preventable Causes
Blog post from the National Conference of State Legislatures celebrating National Rural Health Day and drawing attention to rural health disparities. Although the country as a whole has seen declines in four of five leading causes of death, that decline is slower in rural areas. Rural people experience higher death rates from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 15, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Lifting weights for just five minutes can slash stroke and heart attack risk
Pumping iron for just a few minutes cuts the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome, say researchers from Iowa State University who studied nearly 13,000 adults. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Less MI, Stroke on DOAC in Sinus-Rhythm HF: Post-Hoc COMMANDER-HF Less MI, Stroke on DOAC in Sinus-Rhythm HF: Post-Hoc COMMANDER-HF
Rivaroxaban didn't protect patients from death from progressive heart failure, but it apparently cut the risk for some thrombotic events, potentially pointing to a new role for oral anticoagulation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

High blood pressure: Can medication help lower blood pressure - should you take it?
HIGH BLOOD pressure needs to be controlled and lowered in order to prevent the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. But what ’s the best way to lower blood pressure and should you take medication? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn't take much
(Iowa State University) Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new Iowa State University study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are independent of running, walking or other aerobic activity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Don't count on vitamin D or fish oil supplements to reduce your risk of cancer or heart disease
A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems — such as heart attacks and strokes — in healthy older people.Although hundreds of studies of these supplements have been published over the years, the new... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - November 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Liz Szabo Source Type: news

Vitamin D supplements may not protect against heart attacks, strokes and cancer
Research, published in theNew England Journal of Medicine, suggests that vitamin D supplements do not protect older adults from heart attacks, strokes or cancer.Independent (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - November 12, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Guide for stroke survivors
Around 80,000 people a year are admitted to hospital with a stroke, and there are more than one million stroke survivors in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

E-Alerts Dramatically Cut Heart Attack Rate for People Hospitalized With A-Fib
SUNDAY, Nov. 11, 2018 -- A simple pop-up alert on a computer screen could help save the brains and hearts of many hospital-bound people with an irregular heartbeat, a new clinical trial reveals. Rates for heart attack and stroke plunged by close to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 11, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Studies Give Mixed Results About Taking Fish Oil and Vitamin D
(CHICAGO) — Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vitamin D. But higher amounts of a purified, prescription fish oil slashed heart problems and heart-related deaths among people with high triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, and other risks for heart disease. Doctors cheered the results and said they could suggest a new treatment option for hundreds of thousands of patients like these. ...
Source: TIME: Health - November 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARILYNN MARCHIONE / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime Supplements Source Type: news

With better drugs for high cholesterol, doctors become more ambitious with their treatment goals
In a new strategy for preventing heart attacks and strokes, leading cardiologists are urging their fellow physicians to focus on reducing the LDL cholesterol of patients at greatest risk of suffering a cardiovascular crisis, and to use costly new drugs if necessary.These prescription medications... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - November 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

New Cholesterol Guidelines Focus on Personalized Approach
Nearly one of every three American adults have high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol, which contributes to fatty plaque buildup and narrowing of the arteries, the AHA said. People with LDL levels of 100 mg/dL or lower tend to have lower rates of heart disease and stroke. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Cholesterol Guidelines Focus on the Personal
Nearly one of every three American adults have high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol, which contributes to fatty plaque buildup and narrowing of the arteries, the AHA said. People with LDL levels of 100 mg/dL or lower tend to have lower rates of heart disease and stroke. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prescription Doses of Fish Oil May Lower Heart Attack and Stroke Risk
Omega-3 fatty acids, abundant in fish oil, are known to be good for the heart. Studies have shown that people who eat more fish rich in these fats have lower rates of heart problems and less risk of dying from heart disease compared to those who eat less. Those data have fueled a booming business in over-the-counter fish oil supplements. In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting, researchers report that a highly purified version of omega-3 fats, called icosapent ethyl, can lower the risk of a number of heart-related events, including hear...
Source: TIME: Health - November 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Heart Disease omega-3 Source Type: news

Fish Oil and Vitamin D Supplements May Not Help Prevent Heart Attacks and Cancer, Study Says
There’s good evidence that fish oil supplements may lower the risk of second heart events — like a heart attack or stroke — in people with heart disease, but few rigorous studies have investigated whether the supplement can help people to lower their risk of having a heart event in the first place. And while some data suggests that people with lower levels of vitamin D tend to have higher rates of heart disease and cancer, the evidence isn’t solid. Now, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association offers more findi...
Source: TIME: Health - November 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Drugs Source Type: news

Vitamin D and Fish Oils Are Ineffective for Preventing Cancer and Heart Disease
The largest study to test vitamin D and omega-3 pills in healthy adults found they did little to prevent cardiovascular disease, but hinted at benefits for groups including African-Americans. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Cancer Heart Stroke Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Vitamin D Omega-3 Fatty Acids Vitamins Fish and Other Marine Life Preventive Medicine Deaths (Fatalities) Source Type: news

Low-Dose Methotrexate Does Not Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Events
Inexpensive generic drug neither inhibited critical inflammatory pathways nor reduced rates of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - November 10, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines
Updated U.S. guidelines on heart health advise more personalized assessment of risk as well as potent cholesterol-lowering drugs for people at particularly high risk of heart attack or stroke. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New Cholesterol Guidelines Focus on Personalized Approach
SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 -- A lifelong approach to lowering cholesterol, starting in some kids as young as 2, is the United States'best bet to lower everyone's risk of heart attack and stroke, according to updated guidelines released Saturday by the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

VITAL study: How vitamin D and fish oil affect risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Brigham and Women's Hospital investigators leading the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL) conducted a rigorous placebo-controlled trial over the course of 5.3 years, gleaning a treasure trove of information on the effects of both supplements. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 10, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Another Chance for Medtronic ’s Renal Denervation Therapy
Medtronic has yet another chance to prove its renal denervation therapy can treat uncontrolled hypertension. The Dublin-based company has received FDA approval to begin a clinical trial to evaluate the Symplicity Spyral renal denervation system with patients on medication for high blood pressure. The ON MED Trial is a 2:1 randomized, sham-controlled study and will randomize up to 340 patients at 55 centers in the U.S., Japan, Europe, Australia and Canada. Patients will be followed out to three years. Primary safety endpoints will include major adverse events at one month and new renal artery stenosis at six months. The pri...
Source: MDDI - November 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

High blood pressure before age 40 tied to earlier strokes, heart disease
(Reuters Health) - People who develop high blood pressure before age 40 have a higher risk of heart disease and strokes in middle age, two new studies suggest. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Under 40 With High Blood Pressure? Be Wary of Heart Risks
Coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure or peripheral artery disease were among the risks. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Blood Pressure Heart Peripheral Vascular Disease Age, Chronological Source Type: news