Study finds certain genetic test not useful in predicting heart disease risk

A Polygenic Risk Score — a genetic assessment that doctors have hoped could predict coronary heart disease (CHD) in patients — has been found not to be a useful predictive biomarker for disease risk, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Lead author Jonathan Mosley, MD, PhD, assistant…

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Despite burdens most pediatricians very supportive of national vaccination program

AURORA, Colo. (Feb. 21, 2020) — Despite bureaucratic hurdles, the vast majority of pediatricians want to keep participating in a national program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children who are on Medicaid, uninsured, or who are American Indian/Alaska Native, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The Vaccine For…

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Study detects abnormally low levels of a key protein in brains of young men with autism

BOSTON — Using cutting-edge imaging technology, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have shown that the brains of young men with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have low levels of a protein that appears to play a role in inflammation and metabolism. This surprising discovery, which published online today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry provides an…

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Mechanical clot removal without clot busters may be sufficient stroke treatment

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2020 — Skipping IV clot-busters and using mechanical clot removal alone for strokes may be just as good as the combination of both treatments, with less risk of brain bleeding, according to late breaking science presented today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020. The conference, Feb. 19-21 in…

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Telemonitoring plus phone counseling lowers blood pressure among black and Hispanic stroke survivors

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2020 — Adding phone-based lifestyle counseling to home blood pressure telemonitoring is an effective strategy to improve long-term blood pressure control among minority stroke survivors with uncontrolled high blood pressure, according to late breaking science presented today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020. The conference, Feb. 19-21 in…

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Study finds trend toward benefit in using blood-clotting agent for bleeding stroke

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2020 — A common medication that reduces bleeding could be a treatment for bleeding stroke, particularly if administered quickly, according to late breaking science presented today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020. The conference, Feb. 19-21 is in Los Angeles, a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians…

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Leg pain medication may prevent re-blockage of neck arteries after a stent

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2020 — Adding cilostazol — an antiplatelet medication used to treat leg pain — tended to prevent re-blockage of carotid artery stents within two years, according to late breaking science presented today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020. The conference, Feb. 19-21 in Los Angeles, is a world…

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Secondary analysis confirms safety of blood thinning agent

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2020 — Treatment with the blood thinner apixaban was associated with a lower risk of bleeding, death and hospitalization compared with warfarin, regardless of history of prior stroke or blood clot, according to a secondary analysis presented as late breaking science today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020.…

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Surgeons successfully treat brain aneurysms using a robot

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2020 — Using a robot to treat brain aneurysms is feasible and could allow for improved precision when placing stents, coils and other devices, according to late breaking science presented today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020 . The conference, Feb. 19-21 in Los Angeles, is a world…

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