Lower frequency of dietary salt associated with reduced risk of heart disease

According to a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Even among those following a DASH-like diet, behavioral interventions to reduce salt consumption can further improve heart health. There is substantial evidence that high sodium intake is associated with high blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. … Read more

Honey improves key health measures, including blood sugar and cholesterol levels

In a recent Nutrition reviews journal study, researchers at the University of Toronto conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of previous controlled trials to better understand honey’s impact on reducing certain cardiometabolic risk factors. Study: Effect of honey on cardiometabolic risk factors: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Image credit: Subbotina Anna / Shutterstock.com The composition … Read more

7 symptoms of a heart attack that can strike exactly one month early

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency and symptoms usually come on quickly. The main symptoms are usually chest pain and light-headedness or dizziness, says the UK’s National Health Service. However, research has found that there are seven symptoms that can strike a month before a fatal attack, The sun reports. Write in the … Read more

How many university students regularly drink energy drinks?

A recent study published in Nutrition evaluated the consumption pattern of energy drinks (EDs) by university students. Study: Energy drink consumption patterns among college students: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Image Credit: Holiday.Photo.Top/Shutterstock EDs are promoted to improve concentration, energy, metabolism and athletic performance and to boost mental activity. Caffeine is the main ingredient of … Read more

Personalized ‘precision’ testing approach leads to efficient assessments of chest pain for cardiovascular disease risk

For people with stable chest pain, a personalized “precision” testing approach led to more efficient assessments of cardiovascular disease risk and improved diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease compared to usual care, according to the latest science presented today on the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2022. The meeting, held in person in Chicago … Read more

Obesity management likely to improve clinical outcome of MS

Carrying far too much weight in a diagnosis of MS (multiple sclerosis) is linked to higher current and subsequent levels of disability within a relatively short period of time, finds research published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Returning to a healthy weight may improve clinical outcomes for obese patients with MS, … Read more

Six signs in your eyes that tell you about your health

Our eyes may be the window to our soul, but they’re also a window to our health — and we ignore eye problems at our peril. “The back of our eye is the only place we can see blood vessels without making an incision in the body,” says behavioral and neurologic optometrist Bhavin Shah of … Read more

Designing an ultrasound sticker that can depict your internal organs

In this interview, we speak with researchers at the Zhao lab at MIT about their new ultrasound sticker that can provide non-invasive imaging of internal organs for up to 48 hours. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what inspired your latest research? We are a team of engineers from MIT Zhao lab (http://zhao.mit.edu/) Current … Read more

Study shows increased risk of death in offspring of mothers with gestational hypertensive disease

A condition that can cause abnormally high blood pressure during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of death in the offspring from birth to young adulthood, finds a study published today by The BMJ. The findings, based on data from more than two million individuals in Denmark, show an increased risk of death … Read more

11 key measures for monitoring clinical activity during COVID-19

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers in the UK described key measurements for monitoring clinical activity during the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the capacity and delivery of primary and secondary care. Following the first wave of severe acute respiratory syndrome … Read more