Is There a Case for Telestroke Military Medicine?

Research Paper Title A Case for Telestroke in Military Medicine: A Retrospective Analysis of Stroke Cost and Outcomes in U.S. Military Health-Care System. Background The development of primary stroke centres has improved outcomes for stroke patients. Telestroke networks have expanded the reach of stroke experts to underserved, geographically remote areas. This study illustrates the outcome… Read More

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The ‘Overfat’ Outbreak is Spreading!

Belly bulges are the latest threat to global health. Over 90 percent of men and half of children in the US, New Zealand, Greece and Iceland are thought to have unhealthy amounts of abdominal fat – far more than previously thought. Being“overfat” raises the risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer. (New Scientist, 2017, p.5). Reference New Scientist (2017) Overfat Outbreak.… Read More

My Score on the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK)

AUSDRISK Sitting in the wife’s GP practice waiting for her to finish work and then take the kids to see Paw Patrol Live, I noticed a pamphlet ‘The Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool’ (or AUSDRISK), and decided to ‘give it a go’. AUSDRISK was developed by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute… Read More

What is the Association between Usual Blood Pressure, Peripheral Arterial Disease & Vascular Risk?

Research Paper Title Usual Blood Pressure, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Vascular Risk: Cohort Study of 4.2 Million Adults. Study Question What are the associations between usual blood pressure and risk of peripheral arterial disease in specific subgroups and the relation between peripheral arterial disease and 12 different vascular events? Summary Answer A 20 mm Hg… Read More

What’s the Link between Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure & Blood Cholesterol?

Raised blood sugar, blood pressure (BP) and blood cholesterol are risk factors often clustered together. However, two new studies from Asia try to disentangle their interactions. In the Chinese population, blood glucose level within prediabetic range is significantly associated with elevated risks for diabetes mellitus after multi-variable adjustment, but only when it is concurrent with… Read More

Stroke: Can You Stand On One Leg?

No we are not talking about some tomfoolery following a few sherbets after a Saturday night out; new research suggests that an inability to balance on one leg reflects an increased risk for stroke. Being unable to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer is associated with early, asymptomatic changes to blood vessels in the brain… Read More

Does Medical Care Reduce Disability? The Case of Cardiovascular Disease

People in the US are not only living longer than in the past, they are also healthier at older ages. Over the past two decades, disability among the elderly has declined dramatically – the share of the elderly population reporting difficulty with activities of daily living (ADLs) fell from 25% in 1984 to 20% 1999,… Read More