Studying heart disease after death can help the living

Autopsy is often an overlooked source of medical insight which may be hindering advances in cardiovascular medicine, according to new research published in a special issue of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. “Autopsy is a source of discovery that informs the way we think about disease systemically,” said Jeffrey E. Saffitz, M.D., Ph.D., co-editor

Quit smoking and lose weight for successful arthritis treatment

Obesity in women and smoking in men can hinder the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, a study by McGill University in Canada, has found. Although early identification and aggressive treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) improves outcomes, this study showed that 46% of women and 38% of men did not achieve remission in the first year despite

Raw Spirit Enters the Mass Market With New Fragrance Brand

When photographer Russell James and his business partner Joyce Lanigan first launched their socially conscious fragrance brand, Raw Spirit, they had plans to create another fragrance brand for the mass market down the line.Their business plans however got sped up when last year Lanigan, who is the chief executive officer of the brand, met fragrance

Markers, erasers, and germs, oh my!

A thorough, terminal cleaning of hospital rooms between patients is essential for eliminating environmental contamination, and a checklist is a standard tool to guide the cleaning staff. But new research presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) offers an important reminder that the checklist is

New compound shown to be as effective as FDA-approved drugs against life-threatening infections

Purdue University researchers have identified  a new compound that in preliminary testing has shown itself to be as effective as antibiotics approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat life-threatening infections while also appearing to be less susceptible to bacterial resistance. The compound, called F6, has been potent against antibiotic-resistant pathogens such as methicillin-resistant

Decoded: How eating red meat affects your heart

It has long been established that saturated fats found in red meat is one major cause of heart arteries block. Tick bites could trigger the allergic reaction to red meat and spread the sensitivity to the allergen among people. Researchers have found a link between an allergen found in red meat and the build-up of

Parent cleansing paramount prior to skin-to-skin care

Neonatal intensive care units increasingly encourage meaningful touch and skin-to-skin care—aka “kangaroo care—between parents and premature babies to aid the babies’ development. But a Michigan children’s hospital practicing skin-to-skin care noticed an unwanted side effect in 2016—a spike in Staphylococcus aureus (SA) infections among newborns. Hospital staff hypothesized that the two events were connected and