Nurturing mothers have garnered accolades for rescuing skinned knees on the playground and coaxing their children to sleep with lullabies. Now they're gaining merit for their offspring's physical health in middle age. In a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science, Brandeis psychologist Margie Lachman with Gregory Miller and colleagues at the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Los Angeles reveal that while children raised in families with low socioeconomic status (SES) frequently go on to have high rates of chronic illness in adulthood, a sizable minority remain healthy across the life course. The research sought to examine if parental nurturance could mitigate the effects of childhood disadvantage. Lachman, the Minnie and Harold Fierman Professor of Psychology, and director of the Lifespan Initiative on Healthy Aging, says that her team is working to understand the sources of social disparities in health and what can be done to reduce them.
When it comes to taking prescribed medications for hypertension, a patient's self confidence could be as important as doctor's orders. A new study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine reveals that positive affirmation, when coupled with patient education, seems to help patients more effectively follow their prescribed medication regimen. The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, appears online ahead of print in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "As doctors, we're always trying to do the right thing for our patients and get them to do the right thing for themselves - change their habits, adopt healthier lifestyles, " said lead author Gbenga O. Ogedegbe, MD, of the Center for Healthful Behavior Change (CHBC) at NYU School of Medicine.
In a new study published in BMJ on Tuesday, researchers find that consuming fried food is not linked to heart disease or earlier death, as long as the frying is done in in olive or sunflower oil. But they also note that the people they studied live in Spain, where like other Mediterranean countries they use olive or sunflower oil for frying, so this result would most likely be different in countries where people fry with solid and re-used oils. Professor Pilar Guallar-Castill√ n from Autonomous University of Madrid, and colleagues set out to do the study because while high consumption of fried food has been tied to higher risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity, the link to heart disease itself had not been fully investigated. People in Western countries use frying more than any other way of cooking food.
Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CYTX) has announced the publication of previously reported six-month outcomes from APOLLO, the Company's European clinical trial evaluating adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells (ADRCs) in patients with acute myocardial infarction ( heart attack or AMI), as Research Correspondence in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The APOLLO trial was a 14-patient, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, feasibility trial (Phase I/IIA) evaluating autologous ADRCs extracted with the Company's proprietary Celution® System for the treatment of patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction. In the APOLLO trial all patients were treated with standard-of-care and subsequently underwent an abdominal liposuction. Each patient's adipose tissue was processed by the Celution®
Rapid Urbanization And Cultural Habits Responsible For High Prevalence Of Heart Disease In Gulf States
Although it is believed that rapid improvement in socio-economic conditions are responsible for the high prevalence of heart disease in the Gulf states, cultural factors are also to blame according to researchers. Professor Hani Najm, Vice-President of the Saudi Heart Association, whose yearly conference starts on Friday 27 January, explained: "We're sitting on a time bomb. We will see a lot of heart disease over the next 15 to 20 years. Already, services are saturated. We now have to direct our resources to the primary prevention of risk factors throughout the entire Middle East." According to figures from the World Health Organization, 70% of women and 60% of men in Arab countries are classified as overweight or obese. Furthermore, prevalence rates of high blood pressure and diabetes are approximately 25%, while inactivity rates among individuals over the age of 20 are even greater.