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Archive for July, 2018

Wildfires heighten risk of heart complications due to smoke

Jul
31

Date: July 31st, 2018

Smoke from Wildfires Increases of Heart Disease

 

The wildfire season experienced by California in 2015 led to an increase in the number of visits to the emergency department related to heart complications. Research has indicated that this development took place as a result of exposure to smoke experienced by people living in this region during that period. The study consisted of a review of over one million cases that reached the emergency department and was conducted by Ana G, Rappold, Ph.D., and her colleagues from the Environmental Protection Agency. The study discovered that emergency rooms experienced a 42% rise in heart attack cases and a 22% increment of visits related to ischemic heart disease during days experiencing particularly dense smoke. These reactions were mostly exhibited by individuals aged 65 years and older.

Wildfire Smoke and Heart Disease

Exposure to smoke from wildfires has been established as a leading cause of enhanced risk factors related to respiratory conditions such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. However, a connection between this element and cardiovascular complications has yet to be clearly identified, and further research is required to illuminate such risk. Some of the heart problems that can be related to wildfire smoke include ischemic strokes, myocardial infarction, and heart failure. These diseases can develop as a result of breathing in the pollutant particles present in the air during these events.

Speaking about the difficulties of conducting such a research, Zachary S. Wettstein, one of the co-authors of the study stated that while cases of respiratory problems during the event of a wildfire are commonplace in most hospitals, cases of heart complications such as strokes and the like are less documented in connection with this development. This makes it a harder subject to study, as it requires the collection of data from numerous emergency rooms in order to accumulate an efficient amount of information. An increase in such cardiovascular cases was more pronounced in the elderly population as compared to their younger counterparts.

Heart Disease and Related Populations

Studies also revealed that people suffering from potential cardiovascular and respiratory diseases experienced higher risk when subjected to the exposure of wildfire smoke, as a result of the declining quality of air that can be enjoyed during such periods. Wayne Cascio, MD, another co-author of the study and a director at the EPA suggested that such candidates should take measures to temporarily relocate away from the affected region, or take up actions that will improve their current conditions where possible. The main aim of any endeavor that is undertaken should be to lessen the levels of exposure being suffered in connection to the wildfire smoke.

The director also pointed out the importance of raising awareness amongst the public regarding this particular risk, with such objectives requiring the involvement of qualified professionals and the government health department. Such educative measures could help save lives as they could potentially reduce the number of cases categorized under this particular risk, as well as help form preventative measures for such scenarios in order to lessen the negative impact wildfire smoke has on the nearby residents.

 

Unmonitored weight reduction could enhance risk factors concerning cancer

Jul
27

Date: July 27th, 2018

Unplanned Weight Loss Viewed as the Second Leading Risk Factor for Cancer

A recent analysis has revealed that sudden drops in an individual’s weight could serve as a major predictor of some types of cancer. Researchers based at the universities of Exeter and Oxford joined forces for the analysis of the findings posted on 25 different studies.

PPIs do not pose any potential risk of first-time strokes

Jul
24

Date: July 24th, 2018

PPI Use not one of the Reasons behind First-time Strokes

PPIs (also known as Proton Pump Inhibitors) are ranked among the leading prescribed medicines across the globe, and heartening results have discovered that regular users will not suffer from increased chances of experiencing a first-time stroke as one of its long-term results.

Regular exercise can lessen chances of heart complications despite genetic factors

Jul
20

Date: July 20th, 2018

Exercise can battle Genetic Disposition to Heart Problems

A new study has suggested that regular exercise helps to reduce one’s chances of contracting heart complications, even in cases where one’s genes put them at a higher risk of such conditions.

Poor sleep patterns could be caused to higher risk of Alzheimer’s

Jul
17

Date: July 17th, 2018

Sleep Deprivation Linked to Increased Chances of Alzheimer’s

According to the results of a new study conducted on the sleeping patterns of individuals, it has been discovered that the lack of a regular resting schedule could enhance the levels of a protein known as beta-amyloid, which is a marker related to Alzheimer’s disease.