Among adults with potentially modifiable behavioural risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, the patterns of motivators and barriers to such modifications vary widely, often depending on age and social status, according to a recent Singapore study.
People who spend long hours (>4 hours a day) watching television (TV) have an increased risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) than those who seldom watch TV, and this is independent of physical activity, according to a meta-analysis.
A new society called Malaysian Society for World Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (MyWASSH) has recently been set up. The official launch is set to happen early in March 2022. MyWASSH is endorsed by the World Hypertension League (WHL) and International Society of Hypertension, and also an associate member of the WHL.
The novel highly selective mineralocorticoid receptor blocker esaxerenone holds promise in the treatment of nocturnal hypertension, yielding substantial reductions in night-time blood pressure (BP), especially in Japanese patients with a riser pattern, as well as in N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels, according to a post hoc analysis of a phase III study.
A peak systolic blood pressure (SBP) at clinical exercise testing that is slightly lower than the predicted value appears predictive of future cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality, suggests a study. Higher peak SBP, however, is not associated with such risks.
The vasodilator ifenprodil together with sorafenib has been identified as a new drug combination for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treatment by researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9 (CRISPR-Cas9) screen.
Patients seem to have positive opinions of home-based cardiac telerehabilitation programs, finding the usability, utility, and acceptability of such interventions to be good, according to a recent Singapore study. Nevertheless, these programs still have room for improvement, particularly as regards interactivity, peer interactions, and postintervention support.
People who consume more olive oil in their diet have a lower risk of death from any cause or specific causes including cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, neurodegenerative disease, or respiratory disease compared with those who hardly or never consume olive oil, according to a large US study.
Individuals with risk factors such as pre-existing comorbid conditions, in addition to old age and being immunosuppressed, may still be at increased risk of developing severe COVID-19 illness even after completing their full vaccination, according to a study by the US CDC.