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Secondhand smoke during pregnacy and early childhood linked to atrial fibrillation in adult life

A first-of-its-kind study indicates that gestational and early life secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure may double one’s chance of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) as an adult. The study by UC San Francisco researchers was published in the online version of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The study is being published in [...]

Nine risk factors may contribute to two thirds of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide

Nine potentially modifiable risk factors may contribute to up to two thirds of Alzheimer’s disease cases worldwide, suggests an analysis of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. The analysis indicates the complexity of Alzheimer’s disease development and just how varied the risk factors for it are. But the [...]

Clinical scoring system suggests possibility of more precise colon cancer screening

A clinical scoring system for colon cancer risk could help physicians identify which average-risk patients could potentially skip a colonoscopy and instead be screened with a less-invasive method. The researchers suggest that this approach could increase the uptake and efficiency of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. The cross-sectional study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine. [...]

Hypertension, high cholesterol, other heart disease risk factors increasing In Asia

Research efforts, data collection vital to improved treatment The prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes have been decreasing in the United States and Europe, however they appear to be on the rise in Asia, particularly Japan, according to a guest editor page published July 6 in the Journal of the [...]

Americans’ best efforts not enough to cut heart disease deaths

Despite decades of progress in reducing cardiovascular mortality, preventable risk factors continue to account for half of heart disease deaths. The findings from national survey data are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of death nationally. The top five leading preventable risk factors for heart disease are elevated cholesterol, [...]