Is there a Link between PTSD & Cardiovascular Disease?

Research Paper Title The association between PTSD and cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in male veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts: a systematic review. Background Military personnel with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can experience high levels of mental and physical health co-morbidity, potentially indicating a high level of functional impairment that can impact on both… Read More

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Outlining the Role of Physical Fitness in Mortality among Men with Type 2 Diabetes

Research Paper Title Combating Sloth as Well as Gluttony: The Role of Physical Fitness in Mortality among Men with Type 2 Diabetes. Introduction In this issue, Wei and associates report the results of their survey of 1,263 men with type 2 diabetes who self-reported their physical activity and were evaluated for physical fitness and cardiovascular… Read More

Appreciate Each Breath…

“‘Catch your breath quickly now, while you may,’ he stated. ‘Breath is the least appreciated gift of the gods. None sing hymns to it, praising the good air, breathed by king and beggar, master and dog alike. But, oh to be without it! Appreciate each breath, Rild, as though it were your last – for… Read More

Coronary Heart Disease: Traditional Risk Factors versus Biomarkers

Research Paper Title Traditional Risk Factors Versus Biomarkers for Prediction of Secondary Events in Patients With Stable Coronary Heart Disease: From the Heart and Soul Study. Background Patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD) have widely varying prognoses and treatment options. Validated models for risk stratification of patients with CHD are needed. The researchers sought… Read More

Are Diet & Exercise Effective in Prevention?

Programmes that promote dietary change and physical activity are effective in reducing the likelihood that people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes will do so, say new recommendations from the US Community Preventive Services Task Force (Pronk & Remington, 2015). The task force arrived at its recommendations after a systematic review of 53 studies… Read More

Is There Any Association between Alcohol & Heart Failure in Men?

The association between alcohol and heart failure is explored in a study of 33,760 Swedish men aged 45-79 years who were followed up from 1998 to 2011. The study uses two kinds of modelling, and the only significant association to emerge is that of a reduced risk of heart failure in men with an intake… Read More

Smoking Cessation, Glycaemic Control & Weight Gain: Any Link?

Current smoking is associated with a higher risk if type 2 diabetes, and the most beneficial thing anyone with this condition can do is to give up smoking. However, it is not quite that simple. A retrospective cohort study of 10,692 adult smokers with type 2 diabetes that used the Health Improvement Network, a large… Read More