Student URLs 2017
Mar 13

Emily Stephens

Diets higher in gluten tend to be higher in cereal grains, a known protective factor for type 2 diabetes. Low gluten diets themselves appear to be a risk factor.

E-cigs operated at high power using liquids that contain certain additives have been shown to release benzene. Personal note of a chemist - benzene is harmful enough that it's been removed from use in the lab.

A spatial relationship between cancer incidence and EPA Superfund sites has been discovered in Florida. This analysis may help environmental health policy regarding these situations.


Emily Godbout

#1 Cardio vs. weights: Which is actually better for weight loss? http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/06/health/cardio-lifting-weight-loss-partner/index.html
Duke University tracked 119 subjects for 8 months who were previously sedentary while they performed resistance training, aerobic exercise or a combination of the two.

#2 Gene therapy in a Patient with Sickle Cell Disease
Description of the first patient treated with lentiviral vector-mediated addition of an antisickling B-globin gene into autologous hematopoietic stem cells. 15 months after treatment, there was no recurrence of sickle crises and correction of the biologic hallmarks of disease.

#3 Major Change Ahead for Cardiac Imaging 'Most physicians unprepared for this paradigm shift' http://www.medpagetoday.com/practicemanagement/reimbursement/63448
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is the process of implementing an aspect of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 that will introduce a new framework for applying appropriate use criteris, the authors stated in an opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


Joshua Washington

1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170228130946.htm
Study clarifies risky decision making during a heart attack.
 The ability to understand and apply numerical concepts as the primary decision delay risk factor for individuals experiencing the medical condition.

Exercise May Be More Important For Cardiovascular Health In Older Adults Than BMI, Study Suggests

3. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/135/7/633
Traditional Mediterranean diet with added olive oil may lower risk of heart disease, research suggests


Nadia Masroor

1.       Not Exercising Is As Bad As Being Obese, Health-Wise
Exercise is one of the most powerful things you can do to protect your heart, according to new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The study examined the association between overweight and obesity and CVD risk as a function of physical activity levels in a middle-aged and elderly population.
2.       Bad Diet in Teen Years Could Raise Later Breast Cancer Risk
Women who remember having eaten poorly as teenagers may have a higher likelihood of developing early breast cancer. Investigators found women who ate the most inflammatory diet, heavy in red meat, sodas, sweet foods and white flour, were up to a third more likely to develop breast cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s compared to women who thrived on salads and whole grains. The findings were published in Cancer Research.
3.       Cardiovascular disease costs will exceed $1 trillion by 2035
A new study projects that by 2035, cardiovascular disease, the most costly and prevalent killer, if left unchecked, will place a crushing economic and health burden on the nation's financial and health care systems. The Benusa Colin


Colin Benusa

1. Boosting your own defenses against heart disease


This study was done to find the function of AT6 in cardiac cells.  After tests done in mice, researchers found that without this protein mice hearts were not able to recover from heart attacks as well as the mice that had the protein.  This protein is in all humans but researchers are searching for ways to boost levels.  This treatment method of boosting the protein could help with reperfusion therapy. 

2.  High folic acid level in pregnancy may decrease high blood pressure in children


This study was a small observational study done on a group of minorities to test the odds of a child not having hypertension if the mother had a high intake of folic acid.  The conclusion of the study was that those mothers with high levels of folic acid intake had a 40% lower odds of having a child that had hypertension.  This article does not discuss was it means to have a high level or how old the child was when they checked for hypertension.  This study thus leaves a lot of holes in it. 

3.  Nanoengineers 3-D print biomimetic blood vessel networks


This article about scientists in UC San Diego who have created a machine that used reflected UV waves to create a biological compatible network of blood vessels.  This technology has improved vastly from taking hours to now just seconds.  This kind of technology has large implications for the future of medicine.  The question that remains for this kind of technology is how close scientists are to being able to use this on humans.  Tests at this point have only been used on mice and studied for short amounts of time. 


 Danielle Shelton

High-altitude living decreases the risk of heart disease

New research has found a link to living at high altitudes and the risk to initially health people developing all the criteria that make up the metabolic syndrome, a combination of high blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as excess body fat around the waist, that contributes to serious health problems. 

When Are Statin Drugs Beneficial For the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease?

Many studies of investigated the use of statins as primary prevention for cardiovascular disease. An article that was released in JAMA recently found that there is actually insufficient evidence about the potential harms and benefits of using statins in individuals who are greater than 75 years old to prevent the onset of CVD.

Researchers Find Clues To Why Diet with Olive Oil is Tied Lower Heart Disease Risk

A recent Spanish study suggests that a traditional Mediterranean diet with added olive oil may be tied to a lower risk of heart disease at least in part because it helps maintain healthy blood flow and clear debris from arteries. 


Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer

1) Letters: Cardiovascular disease needs public attention


A letter from a doctor and board member of the American Heart Association calling for attention to the issue of CVD.

2) These 10 Foods Affect Your Risk of Heart Disease the Most


Research about dietary habits that can affect heart disease, including specific foods to include in a diet, to avoid, and their impacts.

3) The Signs of Heart Disease


"Heart attack is the leading killer in the United States, and one-third of its victims die with the disease undiagnosed. Dr. Stephen Pollock, a cardiologist at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, talks about the best ways to detect, prevent and treat heart disease."

Greg Chambers

Magnitude of deaths from cardiovascular disease:
400,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease. Half of these deaths could be prevented through diet improvements.

Caring too much and the opioid crisis:
Doctors who do not want to be seen as uncaring may feel obligated to prescribe narcotics.

Tanning beds and cancer:
263,600 cases of skin cancer could be attributed to tanning booths. A quarter of those who use tanning beds are teenagers.


Bethel Kebede

Lung Cancer Screening Proves Challenging in Real-Practice Setting

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Should Start At An Age That's Earlier Than Anticipated

Cardiovascular disease is not a 'man's disease', experts say, despite gender divide in treatment and screening