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Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

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Flu is a killer every year, and with this season's high toll of deaths and hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly advised everyone older than six months to get the flu vaccine. Even healthy people are at risk, but those with heart failure should take particular note of today's news. "It is well known that influenza infection is associated with increased risk for mortality in heart failure patients," said Dr. Hidekatsu Fukuta, the lead author of the new study, a cardiologist at Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan. Fukuta lead a study that looked at people with heart failure who had received the flu vaccine. In the study, set to be presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting, the heart failure patients who...
Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceScientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients.The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously.The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care.Details of the study were released at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Texas.Lizzy McAninch had a stroke two years ago. She could not move or speak or swallow for several weeks.Lizzy is testing out wearable sensors that might speed her recovery. They look like small white sticking plasters, but they send information wirelessly to her medical team. She is a doctor herself and can see how they could help her."This techn...
Study: Vitamin B3 variant could help Alzheimer's patients

Study: Vitamin B3 variant could help Alzheimer's patients

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Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A form of Vitamin B3 improved cognitive and physical function in mice with Alzheimer's disease-like symptoms in experiments, the National Institutes of Health report in a new study.The effects of the supplement nicotinamide riboside, a form of Vitamin B3, when given to mice suggests a new method for treating Alzheimer's disease, researchers at the National Institute on Aging, a NIH agency, reported on Tuesday.In Alzheimer's disease, the brain's usual DNA repair activity is impaired, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction, lower neuron production and increased neuronal dysfunction and inflammation. Nicotinamide riboside, or NR, normalizes levels of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a metabolite vital to cellular energy, stem cell self-renewal, resistance to neuronal stress an...
AI early diagnosis could save heart and cancer patients

AI early diagnosis could save heart and cancer patients

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Researchers at an Oxford hospital have developed artificial intelligence (AI) that can diagnose scans for heart disease and lung cancer.The systems will save billions of pounds by enabling the diseases to be picked up much earlier. The heart disease technology will start to be available to NHS hospitals for free this summer.The government's healthcare tsar, Sir John Bell, has told BBC News that AI could "save the NHS"."There is about £2.2bn spent on pathology services in the NHS. You may be able to reduce that by 50%. AI may be the thing that saves the NHS," he said.RecommendationCurrently cardiologists can tell from the timing of the heartbeat in scans if there is a problem. But even the best doctors get it wrong in one in five cases. Patients are either sent home and have a heart attack