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Weight-Loss Programs: Slim Evidence and Thin Results (6 Apr 2015)

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A new study concludes that some weight-loss programs may be slightly better than other programs but that in the long run none of the programs have been able to show a substantial weight loss over a sustained period. For even the best programs, an editorialist writes, “weight loss is modest and likely below patients’ expectations.”…

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Cardiac Arrest During Exercise in Middle-Aged People (6 Apr 2015)

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Dropping dead while exercising is a common fear, especially among middle-aged men. Unfortunately there have been limited data on the precise rate of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in middle-aged people and little understanding about the medical history of the victims of SCA. Now a new study fills in some important gaps in knowledge and shows that this…

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Bringing Clarity and Consensus to the Treatment of Hypertension in Patients with CAD (6 Apr 2015)

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Elliott Antman, MD

AHA President Elliott Antman discusses the recent scientific statement from the AHA/ACC/ASH on the treatment of hypertension in patients with existing CAD.

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Global Cardiovascular Deaths Continue to Rise Despite Gains in Prevention and Treatment (2 Apr 2015)

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Improvements in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease haven’t been able to prevent a worldwide rise in cardiovascular deaths in a growing and aging population, according to the authors of a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Using mortality data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, the authors set out to “disentangle”…

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How Do You Like Them Apples? (30 Mar 2015)

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An apple a day does not appear to keep the doctor away but, a new study semi-seriously suggests, it may keep the pharmacist away. Although apples have long been considered a healthy snack, whether eating apples actually reduces healthcare use has not been assessed until now. In a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine researchers…

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Fighting the Contradiction: A Hospital Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Smokers (27 Mar 2015)

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Jean-Pierre Usdin, MD

Jean-Pierre Usdin is frustrated with his “Tobacco-Free” hospital’s accommodations for smokers that encourage them to keep smoking instead of supporting them to quit.

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Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Appear to Lower Blood Pressure (17 Mar 2015)

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Vitamin D supplements do not effectively lower blood pressure, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine. Low serum vitamin D levels have previously been associated with elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular events.

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ACP Recommends Against Screening Asymptomatic Adults for Cardiac Disease (17 Mar 2015)

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The American College of Physicians has recommended that clinicians should not screen low-risk, asymptomatic adults for heart disease.

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More Information Emerges About the PCSK9 Inhibitors (15 Mar 2015)

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New information emerged today about two new cholesterol-lowering drugs that have been attracting a lot of attention. Data about the PCSK9 inhibitors — evolocumab, under development by Amgen, and alirocumab, under development by Sanofi and Regeneron — were presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in San Diego and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of…

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The Coffee Conundrum – What Do You Say to Your Patient? (9 Mar 2015)

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John Ryan, MD

John Ryan presents a scenario based on a recent study’s findings that people who consume moderate amounts of coffee may be less likely to have atherosclerosis.