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Archive for March, 2017

Extensive Brain Defects Recorded in Zika Infected Baby


Date: March 14th, 2017

In the recently published studies, researchers noted a variation in the type of brain damage such as empty spaces and dead spots in the brain, congenital deafness and cataracts.

How are the children affected?

However, differences were recorded in all the three studies on the potential ways the infected children could be affected.

Beta-Blockers Post-MI May Not Be Appropriate in Dementia


Date: March 12th, 2017

The researchers said that there was a significant reduction of death almost a quarter as a result of using the drug by. However, the same beneficial drugs could be linked to a risk increase by 34 percent for the moderate or severe dementia patient, making it almost impossible for them to carry out their everyday activities.

Bariatric Surgery Mitigates Afib Risk


Date: March 10th, 2017

Bariatric Surgery and AFib

A sub-study done on bariatric surgery patients, they recorded a 29 percent reduced rate of developing atrial fibrillation as opposed to the non-surgery group. These patients were subjected to almost 20 years follow up as explained by the study lead author Shabbar Jamaly, MD, of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and colleagues.

The other finding of the study was that younger patients receiving bariatric surgery benefited the most as they recorded a much more reduction in the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (P=0.001 for interaction). The benefit was also shared by patients who previously had higher diastolic blood pressure (P=0.028).

Heavy Teen Drinking Linked to Reduced Brain Volume


Date: March 8th, 2017

The observational study cannot be singularly based on to say that heavy drinking is responsible for stunted brain development. Less brain matter may as well be due to genetic factors, and it is such an abnormality that raises their possibility of abusing alcohol.

The lead author, Noora Heikkinen of the University of Eastern Finland, said that “Substance use has been found to be connected to social exclusion, mental health problems and lower educational attainment.”

Patients with cancer history experiencing severe heart attacks


Date: March 6th, 2017

After cancer, higher risk of severe heart attack

The researchers from Mayo clinic located in Rochester, Minn analyzed data from over 2,300 patients who had this rear type of heart attack referred to as ST-elevation myocardial infarction. For every 10 patients, one of them had a cancer history.

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