February 22, 2016 archive

Carotid artery stenting is as effective as carotid endarterectomy, study shows

See Link Carotid artery stenting achieves a similarly low risk of death, stroke, and myocardial infarction (MI) to carotid endarterectomy in older patients with asymptomatic severe carotid stenosis, shows a…

Gene test spots all known inherited heart conditions

http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/21/gene-test-spots-inherited-heart-conditions/ You might never have to worry that you’ll fall victim to a heart condition passed along by your family. Researchers have developed a blood test that can reliably detect all known inherited heart problems, like genetically-based arrhythmia — if doctors know about it, they can spot it. Previous tests only looked at a handful …

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Half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160217113308.htm The rapid increase in the prevalence of myopia globally is attributed to, “environmental factors (nurture), principally lifestyle changes resulting from a combination of decreased time outdoors and increased near work activities, among other factors,” say the authors from Brien Holden Vision Institute, University of New South Wales Australia and Singapore Eye Research Institute.

The decline and fall of medical writing

George Orwell said, “If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.” If Orwell was right, the profession of medicine and the patients it cares for could be in big trouble. Source: The decline and fall of medical writing

E. coli survives predatory bacteria by playing hide and seek

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160221142245.htm The majority of disease-causing bacteria in the body are rendered harmless by the protective effects of the immune system. Those that manage to escape the immune system can be killed by antibiotics, but bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to more and more antibiotics.

America’s Deadly Gun Addiction, By the Numbers

http://feeds.wired.com/c/35185/f/661370/s/4dbe9f37/sc/38/l/0L0Swired0N0C20A160C0A20Cgun0Eviolence0Estatistics0C/story01.htm The US is home to more guns than adults; more folks own guns here than in any other nation; and the US has the most gun deaths per capita than any other advanced country. The post America’s Deadly Gun Addiction, By the Numbers appeared first on WIRED.

Cheats and Deceits: The story of how to stay alive

http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/10896/s/4dba5bb7/sc/32/l/0M0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0C20A774140Echeats0Eand0Edeceits0Ethe0Estory0Eof0Ehow0Eto0Estay0Ealive0C0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qmagcontents/story01.htm Humans hate cheats and deceivers, but as a new book amply illustrates, it’s one of the best survival strategies in the natural world