Study suggests increased risks for COVID-19 patients who smoke, vape

As the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or COVID-19 has unfurled its tentacles across the globe, the severe respiratory and pulmonary disorders associated with the infection have become well known. However, recent case studies also have strongly suggested the presence of cerebrovascular-neurological dysfunction in COVID-19 patients, including large artery ischemic strokes that originate…

Studies explore potential benefits and costs of increased treatment to achieve lower blood pressure

Two studies examining the benefits and costs of treating high blood pressure more intensively, by aiming for lower blood pressure measures, will be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019—November 16-18 in Philadelphia. A separate study analyzed the cost effectiveness of incrementally implementing high blood pressure treatment according…

Alcohol preloading leads to increased intoxication

People who preload alcohol before a night out drink more than they predict and are more intoxicated at the end of the night a Griffith University study has found. Researchers surveyed and breath-tested (BrAC) 360 patrons as they entered Night Time Entertainment Districts (NEDs) in Brisbane. Of these,143 returned and…

Kidney disease linked to increased risk of falling

Kidney disease causes middle-aged people to be as susceptible to falling as older adults, say researchers from Ball State University. “Epidemiology of falls and fall-related injuries among middle-aged adults with kidney disease” recently published by the journal International Urology and Nephrology, found that people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) were…