Studies show stents and surgery no better than medication, lifestyle changes at reducing the risk for heart attack

Invasive procedures such as bypass surgery and stenting—commonly used to treat blocked arteries—are no better at reducing the risk for heart attack and death in patients with stable ischemic heart disease than medication and lifestyle changes alone. However, such procedures offer better symptom relief and quality of life for some patients with chest pain, according to two new, milestone studies. […]

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New drug could potentially offer better treatment for chronic heart failure

An experimental drug recently concluded a successful third-phase clinical trial and could potentially offer a new treatment for about 300,000 Canadians who have worsening chronic heart failure. The VICTORIA (Vericiguat Global Study In Subjects With Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction) clinical trial examined the effects of a drug called vericiguat on patients at a high risk of death or […]

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How to know if isolation is affecting your mental health, and what to do about it

Public health measures aimed at minimizing the risk of transmitting COVID-19 are necessary but they come with a price, according to University of Alberta mental health experts. “Our first priority has to be safety, but at the same time, we keep asking, “What happens to someone in isolation?’” said psychiatry professor Adam Abba-Aji. He explained it is inevitable that anxiety […]

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COVID-19 pandemic: Don’t tell people off, tell them how to help

People need simple choices, not suggestions, in the Covid-19 crisis—so they do things that are good for them and for the community by default, according to Dr. Kate Orkin, senior research fellow in behavioral economics with Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. Dr. Orkin points out that, in Choice Architecture, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein highlight that people have limited attention […]

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Clopidogrel atop rivaroxaban and aspirin shows no added benefit for PAD

The results of VOYAGER PAD found that people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) who took the blood thinner rivaroxaban with aspirin after undergoing lower extremity revascularization—a procedure to treat blocked arteries in the leg—had a significant reduction in the risk of major adverse limb and cardiovascular events when compared with those receiving aspirin alone. Data also showed that patients taking […]

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Dogs properly protect against ticks

With the beginning of spring is also the risk of ticks is increasing bites in humans and animals. Dogs and cats, in the meadows or in the forest roam, are now particularly at risk. The University of Veterinary medicine Vienna provides tips on how pet owners their four-legged friends can protect. Ticks are already at outside temperatures of 5 to […]

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UK: COVID-19 open data hackathon

The event last week (March 26) attracted over 50 participants across the spectrum of public and private sector organisations from local authorities, universities and NHS trusts to clinical commissioning groups and charities like the British Red Cross. THE LARGER TREND The participants expressed a collective appetite for transparent localised data so that health, government and community services could get a more […]

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Are your nails too long? A doctor explains why trimming them and removing chipped polish may help prevent the spread of coronavirus

The CDC's general recommendations for nail hygiene include keeping fingernails short and avoiding biting, chewing, and picking at cuticles. While it's not yet known how long the novel coronavirus can live on skin and nails, longer nails or nails that aren't properly cleaned can harbor germs and potentially spread the coronavirus. WebMD Medical Editor Dr. Neha Pathak told Insider that […]

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Best supplements for anxiety: Three supplements that may offer relief during the pandemic

Coronavirus may have caused some anxiety in certain individuals. The ongoing updates on the number of infections and deaths can be worrisome. Which three supplements may help you to manage your anxiety? Those of an anxious disposition may need alternative therapies to help manage their feelings of unease and discomfort. What exactly is anxiety? Mental health charity MIND describes anxiety […]

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