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February 28, 2013
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • Study: Mediterranean-style diet cuts cardiovascular risks
    A Mediterranean-style diet may prevent about 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from cardiovascular disease in high-risk patients, according to a study published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. University of Barcelona researchers said more study was needed to determine whether low-risk patients saw the same benefits. University of Vermont professor Rachel Johnson called the study "really impressive" because it used meaningful end points rather than just risk factors such as cholesterol, hypertension or weight. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Study finds no short-term heart risks from ADHD drugs in adults
    Researchers looked at the records of nearly 300,000 adult patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and found that those who took amphetamines or atomoxetine were not more likely to develop stroke, heart attack or other serious heart problems during the first few months of treatment than those who didn't take the drugs. The study appeared in the journal PLoS One. DailyRx.com (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Volunteer work may boost cardiovascular health in teens
    Volunteering for after-school programs for 10 weeks resulted in reduced body mass index and levels of inflammation and cholesterol among teens, according to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers also assessed the mood, self-esteem and mental health of the volunteers and found that those who showed the biggest increases in empathy, altruistic behavior and mental health had the biggest improvements in heart health. The Atlantic online (2/26), The Daily Mail (London) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USPSTF: Benefits of early screening for hypertension unclear
    A review of research on pediatric screening for high blood pressure showed a lack of evidence that such screening could reduce the risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease in adulthood, leading the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to call for greater emphasis on studying outcomes for childhood interventions. Seven studies revealed that drug intervention effectively lowered blood pressure levels among teens in the short term. The review was published in the journal Pediatrics, and the draft Recommendation Statement is open for comments until March 26. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/25), DailyRx.com (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing in the News 
  • More men are joining U.S. nursing workforce
    The proportion of male registered nurses more than tripled, from 2.7% in 1970 to 9.6% in 2011, according to a U.S. Census Bureau study. "A predicted shortage has led to recruiting and retraining efforts to increase the pool of nurses," sociologist and report author Liana Christin Landivar said. USA Today (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PCNA Update 
  • Win $5,000 to fund your organization's wellness program
    PCNA is challenging hospitals and organizations to spread awareness about heart disease prevention by hosting a Prevention Challenge for your employees or members. Participating organizations have the option to submit your Prevention Challenge to PCNA for a chance to win a $5,000 award to fund your healthy lifestyle or wellness program. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Austrian physician and founder of psychoanalysis


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