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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Smoking during pregnancy lowers levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol in children: findings suggest adverse impact on health in later life

Researchers in Australia have discovered that mothers who smoke during pregnancy are causing developmental changes to their unborn babies that lead to them having lower levels of the type of cholesterol that is known to protect against heart disease in … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 11:05 pm
Posted in Cardiology, Fertility

Important monitoring of heart performance is omitted in two-thirds of high-risk surgical operations

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Only 35% of anaesthesiologists are carrying out a simple procedure during high-risk surgery that can make a significant impact on how well patients recover from their operations, according to new research presented today (Sunday 12 June) at … Continue reading

Published Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Posted in Other

Hypnosis/local anaesthesia combination during surgery helps patients and reduces hospital stays

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Using a combination of hypnosis and local anaesthesia (LA) for certain types of surgery can aid the healing process and reduce drug use and time spent in hospital, anaesthesiologists have found. The combination could also help avoid … Continue reading

Published Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 12:01 am
Posted in Other

3-D movie shows, for the first time, what happens in the brain as it loses consciousness

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: For the first time researchers have been able to watch what happens to the brain as it loses consciousness. Using sophisticated imaging equipment they have constructed a 3-D movie of the brain as it changes while an … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 10:01 pm
Posted in Other

Study finds a decline in heart attacks over 20 years, but rising BMIs may reverse this in the future

Better control of cholesterol levels and blood pressure and a decline in smoking have contributed to a 74% drop in the risk of heart attack among nearly 10,000 civil servants working in London over a 20-year period, according to new … Continue reading

Published Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Fear of dying during a heart attack is linked to increased inflammation

Intense distress and fear of dying, which many people experience when suffering the symptoms of a heart attack, are not only fairly common emotional responses but are also linked to biological changes that occur during the event, according to new … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 11:30 pm
Posted in Cardiology

Mother’s body size and placental size predict heart disease in men

Researchers investigating the foetal origins of chronic disease have discovered that combinations of a mother’s body size and the shape and size of her baby’s placenta can predict heart disease in men in later life. The research is published online … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 11:30 pm
Posted in Cardiology