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News From Medscape
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Benefits of Breakfast in Weight Loss Don't Add Up
Despite long-held beliefs and widespread medical recommendations, breakfast does not appear to have an important role in weight loss after all, with a new meta-analysis showing no evidence that eating breakfast reduces daily caloric intake.
NOACs Usually Preferable to Warfarin in Atrial Fibrillation: Guideline Update
A new focused update to atrial fibrillation management guidelines from three North American societies explicitly prefers the latest generation of oral anticoagulants over warfarin for stroke prevention in most appropriate cases.
What Cardiologists Read on Medscape in 2018
Check out the most-read articles on Medscape in 2018, crossing a variety of areas, including Cardiologist Perspectives and Commentaries.
Items of Interest
National Minority Quality Forum Statement on Proposed Incentives to Lower Drug Costs
The National Minority Quality Forum has released a statement regarding the proposed rule by Department of Health and Human Services that would create incentives to lower list prices and reduce out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs.
Building the Evidence Base to Inform Planned Intervention Adaptations by Practitioners Serving Health Disparity Populations
Many evidence-based interventions have been developed to prevent or treat major health conditions. However, many EBIs have exhibited limited adoption, reach, and sustainability when implemented in diverse community settings. This limitation is especially pronounced in low-resource settings that serve health disparity populations.
The Powerful Role of Social Media in the Field of Cardiology
Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD
Social media fills several powerful roles in the Cardiology field, including networking, sharing meaningful opinions, fostering educational discussions centered around a cardiology topic or paper of interest, and promoting or raising awareness of new research.
Featured Articles by Members
ABC Members: We welcome your published research submissions and articles for inclusion in future issues of Clinical Updates and Insights. Email Rachel Williams at and please attach file or include links to the original published work and/or abstract.
Equalization of Four Cardiovascular Risk Algorithms After Systematic Recalibration: Individual-Participant Meta-Analysis of 86 Prospective Studies
Co-authored by Richard F. Gillum (with Lisa Pennells, Stephen Kaptoge, Angela Wood, Mike Sweeting1, Xiaohui Zhao, Ian White, Stephen Burgess, Peter Willeit, Thomas Bolton and et, al.)
There is debate about the optimum algorithm for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk estimation. We conducted head-to-head comparisons of four algorithms recommended by primary prevention guidelines, before and after ‘recalibration’, a method that adapts risk algorithms to take account of differences in the risk characteristics of the populations being studied.
The Lancet Commission On Women and Cardiovascular Disease: Time For a Shift in Women's Health
Co-authored by Roxana Mehran (with Birgit Vogel, Rebecca Ortega,Rebecca Cooney, and Richard Horton)
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women worldwide. Ischaemic heart disease accounts for a third of all female deaths globally. Yet despite this massive burden and regional advocacy to raise awareness, cardiovascular disease in women is a silent killer.
History and Justification of a National Blood Pressure Measurement Validated Device Listing
Co-authored by Domenic A. Sica (with Jordana B. Cohen, Raj S. Padwal, Michael Gutkin, Beverly B. Green, Michael J. Bloch, F. Wilford Germino, Anthony J. Viera, Benjamin M. Bluml, William B. White, Sandra J. Taler, Steven Yarows, Daichi Shimbo and Raymond R. Townsend)
Here, we provide an overview of the process of device validation, the current practice of in-office and out-of-office BP measurement, and current and future directions with regard to device listings.
Physician-Scientists: Medical Gladiators in the Arenas of Medicine and Science
Co-authored by Ikeotunye R. Chinyere, (with Ramos, Kenneth S., MD, PhD)
MD/PhD dual-degree programs are offered at more than 90 institutions in the United States, with tremendous success in training some of the sharpest minds in the world. Unfortunately, negative opinions about the value of dual-degree training persist within society at large, and among physicians and physicians-in-training.
Global, Regional, and Country-Specific Lifetime Risks of Stroke, 1990 and 2016
Co-authored by Richard F. Gillum, M.D. (with Valery L. Feigin, Ph.D., Grant Nguyen, M.P.H., Kelly Cercy, B.S., Catherine O. Johnson, Ph.D., Tahiya Alam, M.P.H. and et. al.)
The lifetime risk of stroke has been calculated in a limited number of selected populations. We sought to estimate the lifetime risk of stroke at the regional, country, and global level using data from a comprehensive study of the prevalence of major diseases.
Featured Articles From the Archives
In honor of Black History Month we are featuring published work –– research, case studies or editorial comments –– by some of ABC's founding and early members.
Screening for Hypertension
Co-authored by ABC Founding Member Richard F. Gillum (with William B. Stason and Milton C. Weinstein)
A strategy for the control of hypertension in communities is presented as a staged program. Stage I consists of the evaluation and improvement of hypertension management in health care facilities. State II entails case-finding in health care facilities. Finally, Stage III involves targeted screening in the community. While isolated screening programs have been justly labeled “irrational”, such a sequential strategy represents a highly rational approach to the community control of hypertension.
The Stroke Area: Feasibility of Adoption in Community Hospitals
Co-authored by ABC Past CEO/Executive Director B. Waine Kong and ABC Founding Member Elijah Saunders (with M. Javaid Shafi and Billie A. Wheeler)
Pioneering efforts to establish what are known as stroke areas in community hospitals were made primarily by Dr Charles Bonner at Youville Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Dr. Bertram Howard at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts during the early 1960s. Analysis of comparative data collected in subsequent years from 15 or more hospitals that followed their lead suggests that the stroke unit concept has become recognized as a medically sound approach to the management of stroke victims toward enhancing, rather than simply trying to save lives.
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