28 April 2017

PVRI News Roundup

New research suggests Job loss increase the risk of a stroke

A new published journal based on an internal study from the American Heart Association has suggested that middle-aged workers who have been made redundant, fired or otherwise removed from employment are at a measurable increased risk of suffering from a potentially lethal stroke.

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Definitive link found between cardiovascular disease and air pollution

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New research from the University of Washington has indicated that traffic-related air pollution and smog lowers the beneficial levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

The study was conducted over a three-month period with over 6,000 Americans, and a dramatic shift in results was seen in a relatively short time.

Areas hit hardest by NHS cuts revealed

Following the worst financial crisis in the history of the NHS, 'control totals' have been put in place to attempt to mitigate the deficit. 

The Health Service Journal conducted research that indicates Staffordshire, Bristol, North Somerset & Gloucestershire as areas where services will be the most limited. 

Authorities behind the NHS are currently planning for 'dramatic changes' to services in these areas.

The EU places new rules to ensure the safety of medical equipment

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Leaders in Brussels have introduced new regulations that will ensure that medical devices will be held to strict safety standards.

The announcement comes as an update to regulations that were instituted during the 1990s, and aim to reflect changes in technology and new products available to GPs, hospitals and the general public.

One such benefit includes a new 'device identification system' that allows for 'easier traceability of medical devices', presumably to track misuse or illegal sales.

Boston marathon medics deliver treatment to nearly 1,600 runners

Due to exceptionally high temperatures, an unusually high number of marathon runners were subject to overheating, exhaustion and dehydration, with body temperatures reaching as high as 108.8 degree Fahrenheit (42.6 degree Celsius). 

'If the temperature is comfortable for the spectators, it's bad news for the runners', said one attending medic.

Medical teams were prepared however, with extra provisions of ice, liquids and more in preparation for the raised temperatures. 

'It’s one of the most rewarding days I have as a physician all year. It boils down to good solid medicine, and you feel like people really appreciate it.'


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