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Stress-induced effects on heart blood flow differ for men versus women

Some patients with coronary artery disease have inadequate blood flow to the heart muscle during periods of mental/emotional stress. This condition—called “mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia” (MSIMI) – is related to the severity of plaque buildup in the coronary arteries in men but not women, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the […]

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A growing list of factors that impact CKD severity for kids

Myriad biological and societal factors can impact the occurrence and accelerate progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) for children of African descent—including preterm birth, exposure to toxins during gestation and lower socioeconomic status—and can complicate these children’s access to effective treatments, according to an invited commentary published in the November 2018 edition of American Journal […]

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USPSTF recommends screening adults for unhealthy alcohol use

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to reduce unhealthy alcohol use. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Nov. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical […]

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AHA: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Updated

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 — Key guidelines for recommended physical activity in Americans have been updated, according to a special report published online Nov. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, held from Nov. 10 to 12 in Chicago. Katrina L. Piercy, […]

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Denosumab promising for TDT-induced osteoporosis treatment

(HealthDay)—Denosumab (DNM), a fully human monoclonal antibody against the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL), may be beneficial for managing transfusion-dependent thalassemia (TDT)-induced osteoporosis, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in Blood Advances. Ersi Voskaridou, M.D., from “Laiko” General Hospital in Athens, Greece, and colleagues randomly assigned patients with TDT-induced osteoporosis […]