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Combo of overweight, high sodium intake speeds cell aging in teens
March 20, 2014

Combo of overweight, high sodium intake speeds cell aging in teens

Study Highlights: Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods show signs of faster cell aging. Lowering sodium intake may be an easier first step than losing weight for overweight young people who want to lower their risk of heart disease.
Virtual conferencing effective weight management intervention
March 20, 2014

Virtual conferencing effective weight management intervention

Study Highlight: People participating in a virtual evidence-based group weight management intervention lost more weight than those in a control group.
Ruling with an iron fist could make your child pack on pounds
March 19, 2014

Ruling with an iron fist could make your child pack on pounds

Study Highlight: Kids whose parents are demanding but not emotionally responsive are about one-third more likely to be obese than kids whose parents set healthy boundaries, are affectionate and discuss behavior.
U.S. women unfamiliar with most stroke warning signs
March 19, 2014

U.S. women unfamiliar with most stroke warning signs

Study Highlights: Many U.S. women don’t know most of the warning signs of a stroke. Hispanic women were less likely than others to know the warning signs of a stroke. Nearly all women knew that they should immediately call 9-1-1 if they suspected that they were having a stroke.
Las mujeres estadounidenses no están familiarizadas con la mayoría de los signos de advertencia de un ataque cerebral
March 19, 2014

Las mujeres estadounidenses no están familiarizadas con la mayoría de los signos de advertencia de un ataque cerebral

Puntos destacados del estudio: Muchas mujeres estadounidenses no conocen la mayoría de los signos de advertencia de un ataque cerebral. Las mujeres Hispanas tienes menos probabilidades de conocer los signos de advertencia de un ataque cerebral que otras mujeres. Casi todas las mujeres sabían que debían llamar de inmediato al 9-1-1 si sospechaban que estaban teniendo un ataque cerebral.
Spices and herbs intervention helps adults reduce salt intake
March 19, 2014

Spices and herbs intervention helps adults reduce salt intake

Study Highlights: A behavioral intervention that taught adults to use herbs and spices instead of salt led to a decrease in sodium consumption compared to people who tried to reduce sodium on their own. Adults taking part in a 20-week behavioral intervention consumed 966 mg/day less salt than their self-directed counterparts.
Program taught in American Sign Language helps deaf achieve healthier weight
March 19, 2014

Program taught in American Sign Language helps deaf achieve healthier weight

Study Highlights: Deaf adults successfully lost weight in a program using American Sign Language. The study is the first randomized trial of a weight-reduction and lifestyle-change program in deaf ASL users.
Alternative test better at finding potentially dangerous holes in the heart
February 14, 2014

Alternative test better at finding potentially dangerous holes in the heart

Study Highlights: Transcranial Doppler testing — an inexpensive ultrasound tool for assessing the arteries inside the head — may be more sensitive than a standard technique for finding dangerous holes in the heart that might underlie some patients’ strokes. The standard test — echocardiography — didn’t find such heart defects in about 15 percent of stroke patients who had them.
Insertable heart monitor finds elusive atrial fibrillation after unexplained stroke
February 14, 2014

Insertable heart monitor finds elusive atrial fibrillation after unexplained stroke

Study highlights: An insertable cardiac monitor worn for six months was up to seven times more likely to detect an irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation) than much briefer monitoring with traditional techniques in patients who had an unexplained stroke. Detecting atrial fibrillation in such patients affects the choice of medicines they are given, which in turn impacts future stroke risk.
Quality program linked with faster stroke treatment and better outcomes
February 14, 2014

Quality program linked with faster stroke treatment and better outcomes

Study Highlights: Patients received stroke therapy significantly faster in hospitals that used The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s quality improvement initiative -- Target: Stroke℠. Between 2010 and 2013, the time between hospital arrival and use of clot-busters dropped by 15 minutes in hospitals that follow the Target: Stroke guidelines. Faster treatment was associated with improved patient outcomes and fewer complications, including death.
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