Preventive Medicine Updates

Concerns on a lack of risk factor awareness for heart disease

Preventive Medicine - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:45

THE fight to take on Australia's biggest killer has received a blow with a study showing an alarming lack of awareness on what causes the disease. While more Australia's die from heart disease than any other cause, only six per cent of the population knows that high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease.

IUDs may have a surprising benefit: Protection against cervical cancer

Preventive Medicine - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:59

A comprehensive study from the Keck School of Medicine of USC finds that intrauterine devices may decrease the incidence of cervical cancer by a third IMAGE: This is Victoria Cortessis, PhD, associate professor of clinical preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. view LOS ANGELES - Considered a safe and highly effective contraception method, intrauterine devices may also be quietly offering protection against the third-most common cancer in women worldwide.

Mayo Clinic Releases Book on Whole-Body Wellness, Complementary Techniques

Preventive Medicine - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 02:04

ROCHESTER, Minn. A new Mayo Clinic book a' Mayo Clinic: The Integrative Guide to Good Health is now available.

6 shocking things you need to know about the BRCA test

Preventive Medicine - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:21

Patients hear terms like "triple-negative" and "tumor stage" from their doctors over the course of their treatment. Understanding them and how they can affect you or your loved one can be an important step to getting the right help.

Strength-Promoting Exercise Could Add Years to Your Life

Preventive Medicine - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:57

Adults who regularly perform some type of strength-promoting exercise have a 23 percent lower risk of premature death by any means and a 31 percent lower risk of cancer-related deaths, according to the largest study to date comparing mortality outcomes of various types of exercise. This study included over 80,000 adults and was led by the University of Sydney.

Women want support managing their weight during pregnancy

Preventive Medicine - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:38

Australian women want their healthcare providers to actively advise them about weight management during and after pregnancy, a Monash University study reveals. Published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth , the Public Health and Preventive Medicine study identifies a gap in service provision that could help tackle obesity in pregnancy , a growing health problem that has significant health implications for mothers and their babies.

Can our hormones make us stay young?

Preventive Medicine - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:35

A fascination with long-lasting youth and the possibility of suspending, if not reversing, the natural impacts of ageing have always fascinated people, from the writers of religious texts, poetry and fiction to the modern pharmaceuticals industry to medical practitioners. It was actually American novelist F Scott Fitzgerald in 1922 and not movie director David Fincher in 2008 who came up with Benjamin Button-the main character in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button who becomes younger as time passes.

Opioid and Addiction Expert Available to Discuss Trump's Declaration on Opioid Epidemic

Preventive Medicine - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 17:24

In response to President Trump's declaration on the opioid epidemic, University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor of Preventive Medicine Stefan Kertesz, M.D., is available to discuss the opioid epidemic, how we got here and the Trump Administration's decision to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Pharmaceutical companies encouraged excessive prescribing of opioid painkillers, and he supports policies that reduce initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain.

Statins and the Risk of Intracerebral Hemorrhage in Patients With...

Preventive Medicine - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 22:44

From the Department of Neurology, Odense University Hospital, Denmark ; Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Odense ; Department of Neurology and Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, University of Kentucky, Lexington ; Spanish Centre for Pharmacoepidemiologic Research , Madrid ; and Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain .

Easiest Exercise for a Longer Life

Preventive Medicine - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 12:43

The relationship between exercise and health has long been established, leading health experts to recommend a minimum of 2 A1 2 hours or more of moderate exercise each week for optimal health and longevity. When it comes to walking only, moderate implies a brisk pace of about 3 miles per hour.

USC volunteers gather supplies for Puerto Rico

Preventive Medicine - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 03:49

Volunteers at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center packaged medical supplies to ship to the University of Puerto Rico Medical Center on Monday morning in an initiative led by Mariana Stern and Larissa Rodriguez, professors at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Approximately 50 to 60 boxes of supplies, which include disposable gloves, syringes, antibiotics and surgical tools, will be shipped out to the island on Tuesday after weeks of coordinating materials from medical facilities and pharmacies, according to Stern.

Better food choices near schools for healthier teeth

Preventive Medicine - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:52

There's something endearing about the crooked, gapped-tooth smiles of children whose permanent teeth are coming in. While it's normal for adult teeth to show up at very different times, should we expect the same good oral health conditions for all children at all times? In Quebec there has been no impact study on oral health promotion since provincial guidelines were published in 2005.

Heart health disparities take toll on African-Americans

Preventive Medicine - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:08

African-Americans have worse cardiovascular health and more deaths from heart disease than other groups, at least partly from less effective disease prevention and management efforts, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association . "While African Americans are more likely to experience many cardiovascular diseases, in particular strokes and heart failure, they are also more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases," Dr. Mercedes R. Carnethon from Northwestern University Preventive Medicine in Chicago told Reuters Health by email.

Your guide to childhood mandatory vaccinations in Egypt

Preventive Medicine - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:08

If children are not vaccinated, they could easily get any diseases that might lead to hospitalization and even death. If children are not vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weak immune systems such as people with cancer, which might lead to the death of these vulnerable people.

Under 2 hours of walking per week may considerably prolong life

Preventive Medicine - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:37

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that even a little walking can significantly reduce mortality risk, compared with inactivity. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, or 75 minutes of intense physical activity, each week to reap "substantial" health benefits.

People with and without mental health conditions receive preventive care at similar rates

Preventive Medicine - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 01:19

People with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder received preventive health screenings at rates similar to or higher than people without mental illnesses, according to a study of more than 800,000 patients published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine . Nearly 10 million people in the United States live with a serious mental health condition, and they have higher early death rates compared to those without these conditions.

Heart rate data app Cardiogram officially launches for Android Wear

Preventive Medicine - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:34

The app was previously only available for Apple devices but now you can track and understand your health, fitness, sleep, and stress with Android Wear. On Wednesday, October 18, Cardiogram announced it launched for Android Wear .

Changing stroke definitions is causing chaos, warns professor

Preventive Medicine - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:29

Proposals to change the definitions of stroke and related conditions are causing confusion and chaos in clinical practice and research, a Monash University associate professor has warned. The American Heart and Stroke Associations have endorsed a move to change the definitions of stroke and transient ischemic attack from the current 'clinically' based definitions to definitions determined mainly, or only, by neurological imaging results.

MAHEC hosts Adverse Childhood Experiences Southeastern Summit Oct. 20-21Max Hunt 6 mins ago 13 views

Preventive Medicine - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:20

Asheville, NC - October 17, 2017 - MAHEC is hosting the 2017 ACEs Southeastern Summit, The Art of Healing ACEs, at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel on October 20-21 to build trauma-informed communities. Attendees will hear from Keynote Speaker Vincent Felitti, MD , co-investigator of the landmark ACE Study and founder of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in San Diego, California.

Cardiovascular Event Prediction by Machine LearningNovelty and Significance [Clinical Track]

Preventive Medicine - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:22

From the Department of Radiology , Bloomberg School of Public Health , and Department of Medicine, Cardiology and Radiology , Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; George Washington University, DC ; Office of Biostatistics, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD ; Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL ; Department of Cardiology, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC ; Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle ; Department of Radiology, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA ; Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis ; Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, NY ; and Radiology and Imaging Sciences, NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD .

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