Germ-fighting catheter coating may help prevent infections

IMAGE: Brown University researchers have developed a coating for intravascular catheters that kills bacteria and keeps them from forming hard-to-eliminate biofilms. The image shows that coated catheters are able to keep… view more  Credit: Brown University PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University researchers have developed a new antibacterial coating for intravascular catheters that could one…

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How the global gag rule stifles free speech

During his first week in office, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order known as the Expanded Global Gag Rule that cuts funding to foreign aid organizations that provide or refer women to abortions. A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program (GHJG) at the Columbia University Mailman…

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Researchers report high rate of viral suppression among people new to HIV care

Eighty-six percent of individuals who entered HIV care soon after diagnosis maintained viral suppression after 48 weeks during a clinical trial conducted at four National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) across the United States. Participants in the clinical trial, called iENGAGE, achieved viral suppression in an average of just 63 days.…

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Longitudinal studies provide an excellent research learning environment for trainees

(Boston)—Compared to experimental studies that require complex infrastructures such as laboratories or clinical trials at multiple centers, studies using a longitudinal cohort (an observational research method in which data is gathered for the same participants repeatedly over a period of time) could be a good alternative for investigators as they begin their early research careers.…

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Moderate alcohol consumption linked with high blood pressure

A study of more than 17,000 U.S. adults shows that moderate alcohol consumption—seven to 13 drinks per week—substantially raises one’s risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. The findings contrast with some previous studies that have associated moderate drinking with…

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Heart attacks increasingly common in young adults

Even though fewer heart attacks are occurring in the U.S.—in large part due to the use of medications like statins and a decline in smoking—these events are steadily rising in very young adults. New data not only validate this trend but also reveal that more heart attacks are striking those under age 40, according to…

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A nap a day keeps high blood pressure at bay

It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those…

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Getting a flu shot while hospitalized lowers the chance of a heart attack

There’s now another reason to get your yearly flu shot. Not only can it protect you from the body aches, fever and fatigue associated with a bout of influenza, it may even prevent you from having a heart attack, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. The…

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E-cigarettes linked to heart attacks, coronary artery disease and depression

Concerns about the addictive nature of e-cigarettes—now used by an estimated 1 out of 20 Americans—may only be part of the evolving public health story surrounding their use, according to data being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. New research shows that adults who report puffing e-cigarettes, or vaping, are…

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