Sodium intake associated with increased lightheadedness in context of DASH-sodium trial

Lightheadedness with standing, otherwise known as postural lightheadedness, results from a gravitational drop in blood pressure and is common among adults. While mild in many adults, it has been cited as an important contributing factor in some harmful clinical events, such as falls. As a result, greater sodium intake is widely viewed as an intervention for preventing lightheadedness when moving […]

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High-risk sexually transmitted HPV virus associated with increased CVD risk

Infection with high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which have been linked to cancer, might increase the risk of heart and blood vessel or cardiovascular disease, especially among women with obesity or other cardiovascular risk factors, according to new research in Circulation Research, an American Heart Association journal. While cardiovascular disease has known risk factors—such as cigarette smoking; high […]

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Antiepileptic drugs linked to increased hospital stays in persons with Alzheimer’s disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease who used antiepileptic drugs had a higher number of accumulated hospital stays than people with Alzheimer’s disease who did not use antiepileptics, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The results were published in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association. During a two-year follow-up, persons who initiated antiepileptic drugs accumulated approximately […]

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College students at increased risk for SgB meningococcal Dz

(HealthDay)—College students have an increased risk for sporadic and outbreak-associated serogroup B meningococcal disease, according to a study published online Dec. 31 in Pediatrics. Sarah A. Mbaeyi, M.D., M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues used data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System and enhanced meningococcal disease surveillance to compare the incidence […]

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Subfertility linked to increased asthma risk in offspring

(HealthDay)—Parental subfertility is associated with an increased asthma risk among offspring, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in Thorax. Maria Christine Magnus, Ph.D., from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, and colleagues clarified the impact of parental subfertility on the correlation between assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and childhood asthma. Data were included from national Norwegian health […]

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Psoriasis linked to increased risk for inflammatory bowel disease

(HealthDay)—Psoriasis appears to be significantly associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a review published online Oct. 24 in JAMA Dermatology. Yun Fu, M.D., from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and colleagues assessed case-control, cross-sectional, or cohort studies that examined either the odds or risk for IBD in patients with psoriasis. Based on five case-control or cross-sectional studies […]

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Donor hearts at increased disease risk offer better survival rates for transplant recipients

Accepting an organ that has an increased risk of potentially transmitting disease offers a higher one-year survival rate for candidates on the heart transplant list over waiting for an organ with less risk, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Increased risk donors make up a growing number in the donor pool […]

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