July 20th, 2012
Yoni Freedhoff celebrates the BMJ’s publication of seven articles that are highly critical of sport and energy drinks, their manufacturers, and the researchers that are conflicted by them.
June 1st, 2012
Two recent studies may add value to the academic literature, but what’s their public health value?
April 2nd, 2012
This week’s topics include cardiovascular risk among U.S. adults and statin-treated patients, mobility in those with type-2 diabetes, the causal association between IL6R-related pathways and CVD, and promoting exercise.
March 5th, 2012
As obesity has increased among children, a clear link has been established between obesity and cardiovascular risk factors including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. However, less is known about whether being more physically active might protect children from developing these risk factors. Among adults, physical activity has been shown to reduce cardiovascular risk […]
January 30th, 2012
This week’s topics include lifetime cardiovascular risks, anticoagulation self-monitoring, opting for thrombolytics over late transfer for PCI, exercise’s antidepressant effect, and the worry that statins can induce diabetes.
January 12th, 2012
Long distance runners may be lonely but they are not at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The RACER (Race Associated Cardiac Arrest Event Registry) investigators analyzed data from 10.9 million registered participants in marathons and half-marathons that took place in the U.S. during the first decade of this century. […]
December 6th, 2011
Experts have been debating the relative roles of obesity and fitness in cardiovascular risk. Now a new report from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, published in Circulation, finds that maintaining or improving cardiorespiratory fitness significantly lowers CV mortality irrespective of changes in BMI. Duck-chul Lee and colleagues followed 14,435 men for 11.4 years. Compared with people […]
August 1st, 2011
Although the beneficial effects of physical activity in lowering risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) have been long recognized, the relative benefits of different levels of activity are not well understood. Now, a meta-analysis published in Circulation helps fill this significant gap. Jacob Sattelmair and colleagues identified nine studies that provided quantitative data about the effects […]
March 22nd, 2011
The bad news is that physical and sexual activity can trigger acute cardiac events. The good news is that the immediate increase in risk becomes much smaller with more frequent activity, and the long-term overall benefits of activity remain unchallenged. These are the key findings of a meta-analysis by Issa Dahabreh and Jessica Paulus published […]