Feeling of loneliness, and not living alone, is bad for the heart
Feeling lonely rather than living alone is bad for the heart and a strong predictor of premature death, according to a study presented June 9, 2018 at EuroHeartCare 2018, the European Society of Cardiology’s annual nursing congress. Feeling lonely was associated with poor outcomes in all patients regardless of their type of heart disease, and even after adjusting for age, level of education, other diseases, body mass index, smoking, and alcohol intake.
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US FDA approves pegfilgrastim biosimilar for cancer infection risk
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first biosimilar to pegfilgrastim (Neulasta, Amgen) - pegfilgrastim-jmdb - a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to reduce infection risk in patients with nonmyeloid cancer who are receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy that has a clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia.... read more
Breastfeeding modifies gut microbiome to prevent overweight
New data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study published online June 4 in JAMA Pediatrics show that breastfeeding may protect infants from becoming overweight in the first year of life by altering the gut microbiome, while formula feeding may stimulate changes in gut microbiota that are associated with overweight..... read more
Progressive loss of visual field impairs driving skills in glaucoma patients
With progressive loss of visual field, patients with glaucoma lose the ability to negotiate curves and show greater mean reaction time on the divided-attention task, suggests a study presented May 2, 2018 at ARVO 2018, the annual meeting of The Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Kitchen towels are a source of bacteria that may cause food poisoning
A study from Mauritius presented June 9, 2018 at the ASM Microbe meeting in Atlanta has suggested kitchen towels as an important source of bacteria that may cause food poisoning. Bacterial growth was found in 49% of the kitchen towels and the chances of bacterial growth increased in proportion to a large family size, more children in the study and extended family. Multipurpose towels ... read more