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2011-08-29 20:27:55

There is great under-use of proven therapies for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, according to results presented today from the PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological) study. “The study indicates a large gap in secondary prevention globally," said Dr Salim Yusuf, lead author and Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University, Canada. "We found extremely low rates of use of proven therapies in all countries, but these...

2011-08-29 14:02:34

A global study in 17 countries A global study in 17 countries led by McMaster University researchers has found too few patients are using drugs proven to give significant benefits in warding off a heart attack or stroke. This is true in high income countries, like Canada, as well as middle and low income countries, say the international team of researchers who conducted the PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological) study. The study was published today in the medical journal, The...

2011-06-15 06:24:27

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Watching television is the most common daily activity in many populations around the world. It's estimated that the average American watches about five hours of television a day. But that doesn't come without risk. A new study says watching television for 2-3 hours a day or more can be associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and death. The study included combining the results of several studies that analyzed the association between...

2011-05-30 07:21:20

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The world's first international polypill trial has shown that a four-in-one combination pill can halve the predicted risk of heart disease and stroke. The once-a-day polypill contains aspirin and agents to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.These drugs are currently prescribed separately to millions of patients and are known individually to cut the risk of disease, but many experts believe that combining them into a single pill will encourage people to take the...

2011-05-26 13:27:23

The world's first international polypill trial has shown that a four-in-one combination pill can halve the predicted risk of heart disease and stroke. The results are published online today in the open access journal PLoS One. The once-a-day polypill contains aspirin and agents to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. These drugs are currently prescribed separately to millions of patients and are known individually to cut the risk of disease, but many experts believe that combining them into...

2011-05-09 07:38:26

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Age alone could ultimately replace contemporary screening methods with no diminishing efficacy to identify those at risk of heart disease or stroke. Current screening methods, which include measuring cholesterol and blood pressure, are costly as well as time consuming.  The authors of the new-fangled study from Barts and The London Medical School say that this discovery could save thousands of lives by making it easier for more people to have access to preventive...

2011-03-22 00:27:00

For a patient at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), keeping up with what pills to take at different times of the day can be tedious. Window sills lined with prescription bottles "“ a pill for cholesterol, another for blood pressure, and an aspirin to keep blood thin and flowing "“ the list can get quite long and, as a result, many people, especially the elderly, often forget doses or take the wrong pill at the wrong time. But what if there was a single pill that had all...

2011-02-03 14:33:03

A perplexing medical paradox now has an explanation according to research undertaken at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and published in the current issue of the Public Library of Science. The paradox is that taking folic acid, a B vitamin, lowers homocysteine in the blood which, epidemiological evidence indicates, should lower the risk of heart attack, but clinical trials of folic acid have not shown the expected benefit. The explanation is surprisingly simple; lowering...

2011-01-13 14:10:20

Beginning treatment with 2 medicines gives better and faster results New British-led research shows that starting treatment of blood pressure with two medicines rather than the one produces better and faster results and fewer side effects "“ findings that could change clinical practice world-wide. The study, published in the Lancet, challenges popular medical practice for the treatment of high blood pressure. The research was led by Cambridge in collaboration with the Universities of...

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2010-11-16 08:40:47

Two studies confirm a healthy lifestyle has biggest impact on cardiovascular health By Marla Paul, Northwestern University Is cardiovascular health in middle age and beyond a gift from your genes or is it earned by a healthy lifestyle and within your control? Two large studies from Northwestern Medicine confirm a healthy lifestyle has the biggest impact on cardiovascular health. One study shows the majority of people who adopted healthy lifestyle behaviors in young adulthood maintained a low...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.