Tag Archives: Cardiovascular Disease

Palm Grip Strength Measured Using a Jamar Dynamometer (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Palm grip strength may offer a simple and inexpensive test to predict the risks of having a heart attack or stroke (or of premature mortality), according to a large international trial involving roughly 140,000 people across 14 countries. Grip … Continue reading

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Low Dose Aspirin for the Over-Fifties? (BBC News / Annals of Oncology)

Summary Analysis of roughly 200 studies investigating the benefits and harms of taking aspirin indicates that a small dose of aspirin every day could help to prevent deaths from bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancers. Approximately 122,000 deaths could be prevented … Continue reading

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High Intensity Training: Suitable for the Elderly? (BBC News / Journal of the American Geriatrics Society / FSEM)

Summary Short six-second bursts of vigorous exercise, known as High Intensity Training (HIT), could potentially transform the health of elderly people by helping to reduce blood pressure and improve general fitness. Researchers at Abertay University believe HIT could help reduce … Continue reading

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South East Coast Strategic Clinical Networks (SECSCNs)

Summary Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) are networks to improve health services for specific patient groups or conditions. They work in partnership with commissioners (including local government), and support strategic planning and commissioning decisions. Such networks work across commissioner, provider and … Continue reading

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Statins: Effective, Affordable and Acceptable Risk-Benefit Profile (BBC News / NICE / BMJ / BMC Medicine)

Summary According to latest guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), four out of ten adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be eligible for statins; even though they are at relatively low risk of … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous International Care of the Elderly-Related Guidelines

James, PA. Oparil, S. [and] Carter, BL. [et al] (2014). 2014 evidence-based guideline for the management of high blood pressure in adults: report from the panel members appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8). JAMA. February 5th 2014; … Continue reading

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Reducing Excess Winter Deaths and Illnesses Associated With Cold Homes: Guideline Consultation (BBC News / NICE)

Summary The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has raised draft guidance on how to reduce deaths and illnesses among elderly people in winter. The advice also covers other groups vulnerable to the cold, including people with respiratory … Continue reading

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Avoidable Mortality in England and Wales (NHS Choices / BBC News / ONS)

Summary The Office for National Statistics (ONS) takes avoidable mortality to mean deaths caused by “conditions which should not occur in the presence of timely and effective health care or through wider public health interventions”. According to latest statistics, in … Continue reading

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Little Evidence of Saturated Fats Increasing Risks of Coronary Disease; or of Presumed Cardioprotective Effect of Polyunsaturated Fats (BBC News / NHS Choices / Annals of Internal Medicine)

Summary A recent systematic review of data from 72 studies, involving more than 600,000 participants, indicates that – contrary to earlier official guidance – there is little evidence that changing the type of fat consumed from “bad” saturated fat to “healthier” … Continue reading

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