Volume 7 Issue 246
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Sep-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Sep-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Stroke sufferers at increased risk of developing epilepsy

Researchers in Norway determined that stroke severity measured by the Scandinavian Stroke Scale is a statistically significant predictor for epilepsy after stroke. Data shows that more than 20,000 Americans will develop epilepsy due to stroke each year. This research is published in the August issue of the journal Epilepsia. more  

Hand sanitizer gel works

Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel significantly reduces the spread of gastrointestinal infections in the home, according to a study in the September issue of Pediatrics. In a study of 292 Greater Boston families -- half of which were given hand sanitizer -- those that used the gel had a 59 percent reduction in the spread of GI illnesses. more

Children using community health centers are more likely to be overweight

Children who use community health centers may be at a particularly high risk of being obese, according to a new study. This association between obesity and the type of health delivery system used was present regardless of race, ethnicity or geographic characteristics. more  

Women at heart: Stop the bias

Women presenting with symptoms of heart disease are investigated less thoroughly and treated less aggressively by cardiologists across Europe. This has been one of the key findings from the Euro Heart Survey of Stable Angina, a survey of 3779 patients presenting to cardiologists with a diagnosis of stable angina, chest discomfort on exertion due to coronary disease. more

ESSENTIAL: The studies of oral enoximone therapy in advanced heart failure  

(ESC Congress 2005) -- Heart failure is a clinical syndrome which has reached epidemic proportions. Its prevalence ranges from 2% to 5% of the adult population of Western countries. Its prognosis remains poor, far worse than most of the cancers, with five-year mortality rates up to 60% among men, and 45-50% among women. Its clinical course is characterized by a progressive worsening in cardiac function and symptoms leading, finally, to a condition of advanced heart failure with high hospitalization and mortality rates. more

SIRIUS II trial  

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) today highlighted results of a Phase II clinical study of ularitide, a synthetic form of a natriuretic peptide synthesized in the kidney for patients with acute decompensated congestive heart failure (ADHF). The data were presented in the "Hot Line I" session on Heart Failure/Cardiac Function during the ESC's annual congress, the largest cardiology meeting in Europe, held September 3-7 in Stockholm, Sweden. more

Metabolic Syndrome, a map of the cardiovascular damage

The metabolic syndrome (MS) is a cluster of metabolic abnormalities with abdominal obesity (increased waist circumference) at its centre. Although all forms of obesity have a negative impact on human health, metabolic syndrome describes a set of particularly adverse biochemical changes accompanying (abdominal) obesity. These biochemical changes explain the increase in diabetes and cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke, heart failure) seen with MS, less clearly seen in those forms of obesity which minimally interfere with metabolism. more


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