Unmarried heart failure patients lack confidence to manage their condition, study says

Unmarried heart failure patients appear less confident in managing their condition and more socially limited compared to their married counterparts, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). These differences may have contributed to the worse long-term survival observed in unmarried patients. Social support

Taking CBD with herbal supplements could cause severe heart symptoms

Using herbal supplements, including derivatives of cannabis, is becoming more and more popular. Some supplements are easy to get over the counter and are not as highly regulated as other medications. A recent case study demonstrates that using certain supplements in excess can lead to severe heart problems. People’s use of supplements has increased in

Regulatory, patent reform needed for inhalers for asthma, COPD

Of the 62 inhalers approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1986, few have offered novel drug innovations, according to a study published online May 17 in Health Affairs. Noting that inhalers face limited generic competition in the United States, William B. Feldman, M.D., D.Phil., from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and

The 20 minute workout: TRX workout for your legs

After a quick and effective workout that targets your lower body? It’s time to get yourself a TRX. Try the kit at your gym, or get one from yourself and attach it to a door frame or even a tree, and you can do a whole range of different workouts that build strength, stability and

Vitamins, OTC Drugs May Interact With HIV Antiretroviral Therapy

Over-the-counter medications, food supplements, and other drugs may interact with antiretroviral therapy (ART) in people living with HIV and be harmful, an industry-sponsored clinical survey from Denmark reports. “Our study confirms that polypharmacy and being on a protease inhibitor-based regimen increase the risk of potential drug-drug interactions (PDDIs) considerably and highlights the importance of questioning

Desktop ‘Air Curtains’ May Deflect Virus Particles

(Reuters) – When people cannot maintain a safe distance to avoid the spread of COVID-19, a newly designed desktop “air curtain” can block aerosols in exhaled air, researchers found. Air-curtains – artificially created streams of moving air – are often used to protect patients in operating rooms. At Nagoya University in Japan, researchers tested their

EU Health Regulator Backs Using AstraZeneca COVID Shot as Booster

LONDON (Reuters) – The European health regulator on Thursday endorsed the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine, Vaxzevria, as a booster. The recommendation, made by a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), encompasses adults who have either been previously vaccinated by Vaxzevria or an mRNA vaccine, such as the ones made by Pfizer and BioNTech

Study identifies new therapeutic target for most common type of pancreatic cancer

Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered a potential therapeutic target for the most common type of pancreatic cancer, according to a study published in Developmental Cell. The findings suggest ISL2, a transcription factor, can act as a tumor suppressor in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) tumors and that its depletion reprograms PDA cells’ transcriptional and metabolic states.

Health chiefs declare two new 'variants of concern'

Health chiefs declare two new Covid ‘variants of concern’ – but experts say there is NO reason to panic Two types of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been newly classified as variants of concern in the UK, but experts say there is no need to worry.  Only a small number of cases of Omicron

Serologic response to SARS-CoV-2 may predict COVID-19 severity

A recent study published in Viruses reported that antibody titers against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) could serve as a marker for the severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Study: Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Titers Predict the Severity of COVID-19. Image Credit: GEMINI PRO STUDIO/Shutterstock COVID-19 manifests as a mild asymptomatic disease to acute respiratory disease syndrome

Australia reports probable case of monkeypox infection

FILE PHOTO: The palms of a monkeypox case patient from Lodja, a city located within the Katako-Kombe Health Zone, are seen during a health investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. Brian W.J. Mahy/CDC/Handout via REUTERSSYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities on Friday said they had identified a probable case of monkeypox in a

New study finds low-income patients at higher risk of death after heart attack

Results from a retrospective analysis reveal significantly higher mortality rates for low-income residents hospitalized with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) when compared to higher-income residents. The findings were presented today at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) 2022 Scientific Sessions. Low socioeconomic status has been associated with worse clinical outcomes in cardiovascular diseases. STEMI