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Belly fat gain during menopause may elevate CVD risk

(HealthDay)—Women experience an accelerated increase in visceral adipose tissue (VAT) starting two years before menopause, which is associated with a greater risk for subclinical atherosclerosis in the internal carotid artery, according to a study published online March 1 in Menopause. Saad Samargandy, Ph.D., from University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues assessed the abdominal VAT trajectory during […]

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Psoriasis linked to higher risk for thyroid disease

(HealthDay)—Psoriasis is associated with an increased risk for thyroid disease among U.S. adults, according to research published online March 16 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Jeffrey Liu, from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and colleagues used data from the 2009 to 2014 […]

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Artificial intelligence calculates suicide attempt risk

A machine learning algorithm that predicts suicide attempt recently underwent a prospective trial at the institution where it was developed, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Over the 11 consecutive months concluding in April 2020, predictions ran silently in the background as adult patients were seen at VUMC. The algorithm, dubbed the Vanderbilt Suicide Attempt and Ideation […]

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Concussion linked to short- and long-term risk for overall health

While chronic neurological effects from concussion have been widely studied, little is known about possible links between concussion and long-term medical and behavioral comorbidities. A retrospective analysis published Jan. 15 in the Journal of Neurotrauma found that people who had a concussion also had increased risks for poor health in many categories. The study found […]

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Managing suicide risk in research study participants

What should researchers do if they encounter a study participant who reports suicidal thoughts? UIC College of Nursing associate professor Susan Dunn explores this question as lead author of “Suicide Risk Management Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial of Cardiac Patients Reporting Hopelessness,” a paper published in the January/February edition of Nursing Research. Suicide is […]

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Scientists uncover early links between cardiovascular risk and brain metabolism

The links between cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment begin years before the appearance of the first clinical symptoms of either condition. In a study carried out at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC) in partnership with Santander Bank and neuroimaging experts at the Barcelonaβeta Brain Research Center (BBRC, the research center of the Fundación […]

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Medication errors: Cut your risk with these tips

Medication errors refer to mistakes in prescribing, dispensing and giving medications. They injure hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States. Yet most medication errors can be prevented. How can you protect yourself and your family? One of the best ways to reduce your risk of a medication error is to take […]