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Are smartwatch health apps to detect atrial fibrillation smart enough?

Extended cardiac monitoring in patients and the use of implantable cardiovascular electronic devices can increase detection of atrial fibrillation (AF), but the devices have limitations including short battery life and lack of immediate feedback. Can new smartphone tools that can record an electrocardiogram (ECG) strip and make an automated diagnosis overcome these limitations and facilitate […]

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Does a history of migraines mean women are more likely to be poor sleepers?

Women are, unfortunately, more likely to get migraines and suffer from poor sleep than men, and the problems only get worse as women transition through menopause. A new study evaluates the association of migraine and sleep quality in premenopausal compared with perimenopausal women. Study results will be presented during The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) […]

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Hormone therapy may help prevent shoulder pain and loss of motion in menopausal women

Women aged 40 to 60 years are most affected by adhesive capsulitis, a painful orthopedic disorder characterized by sudden shoulder pain and loss of range of motion. There has been limited research around the disorder’s predilection for perimenopausal women, but a new study found that hormone therapy may protect against it. Study results will be […]

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Less than half of people over 50 worldwide have received glasses or contact lenses needed to correct refractive error

New research published today in The Lancet Global Health reveals that less than half of people over 50 worldwide have received spectacles or contact lenses needed to correct refractive error, the world’s most common visual complaint. This work informs a major World Health Organization (WHO) report on eye care. Uncorrected refractive error refers to visual […]

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E-bikes are not likely to help users reach moderate-vigorous physical activity targets

E-bikes aren’t likely to help users reach weekly moderate to vigorous physical activity targets, because riders tend to take fewer and less physically demanding trips than conventional cyclists. But e-bikes may persuade older and/or overweight people who wouldn’t otherwise consider using a bike to take to two wheels suggest the researchers. E-bikes have become increasingly […]

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Older class of type 2 diabetes drugs, glitazones, linked to 22% reduction in dementia risk

Use of an older class of type 2 diabetes drugs called glitazones, also known as thiazolidinediones or TZDs for short, is linked to a 22% reduced risk of dementia. These drugs may effectively prevent dementia in patients at high risk with mild or moderate type 2 diabetes, and may now be worth prioritizing in future […]

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Deaths following childbirth in sub-Saharan Africa have been underestimated

Women in sub-Saharan Africa continue to have an elevated risk of death following childbirth long after the 42-day postpartum limit the WHO uses to define pregnancy-related deaths, a new analysis shows. Researchers analyzed data from 12 sub-Saharan African countries to examine whether the 42-day definition accurately captures deaths following childbirth. The analysis found that while […]