Volume 8 Issue 104
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Apr-2006 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Special gas mixture may significantly improve the exercise performance of individuals with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Breathing a special gas mixture may significantly improve the exercise performance of individuals with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). During an endurance walking test, the patients found that they could improve their walking distance by 64 percent with less shortness of breath. more  

Patients with severe sleep-disordered breathing have high odds of abnormal heart rhythms

Patients with severe sleep-disordered breathing are two to four times more likely to experience complex, abnormal heart rhythms while sleeping than individuals without the problem, according to the Sleep Heart Health Study (SHHS). more

Study warns of growing cardiovascular disease epidemic in China

As more people in China adopt Western diets and lifestyles, many are developing a cluster of cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to a new study in the April 18, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more  

Taller people more likely to develop atrial fibrillation

Analysis of data from a registry of patients with left ventricular dysfunction indicates that height is an independent risk factor for an arrhythmia of the upper chambers of the heart, according to a new study in the April 18, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. more

Delayed aortic trauma repair may improve survival  

Patients who live through the first 24 hours of a blunt (non-penetrating) aortic trauma injury may have a better chance of long-term survival if repair to the damaged artery is delayed, surgeons at UC say. more

Two tests better than one for diabetes control, Johns Hopkins expert tells doctors  

In a strongly worded review published in the recent edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the head of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center urges physicians and patients to better use the blood-testing tools at hand to manage the disease and prevent most of its dire impact on the heart, kidneys, nerves and vision. more

Study: Vegan diets healthier for planet, people than meat diets

The food that people eat is just as important as what kind of cars they drive when it comes to creating the greenhouse-gas emissions that many scientists have linked to global warming, according to a report accepted for publication in the journal Earth Interactions. more

 

The metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common in this Asian population and the prevalence is about to catch up with that in Western populations.