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U.S. adults with ASCVD report skipping meds due to costs

(HealthDay)—More than 12 percent of patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) report nonadherence to medications due to costs, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in Circulation. Rohan Khera, M.D., from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues identified individuals aged ≥18 years with a …

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Communities key to fighting HIV, says UNAIDS report

The UN’s AIDS organisation on Tuesday hailed an increase in the numbers of HIV-positive people getting treatment, and credited community-based programmes as the key to fighting the disease. At the launch of a new report ahead of World AIDS day Sunday, UNAIDS said 24.5 million HIV-positive people were receiving treatment …

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Researchers report possible biomarker for pain in spinal fluid

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Pain: we all experience it, but there’s no objective way to measure it. Sure, you can nominate what it feels like on the 10-point pain scale used by doctors; but one man’s pain may be another woman’s discomfort. “It’s really subjective,” said Dr. Sameera Iqbal, a …

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Researchers report new approach to treating incurable leukemia in children

Frequent and often incurable: Child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Credit: University Children’s Hospital Zurich Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common form of cancer affecting children in Switzerland and, unfortunately, is often incurable. Researchers from the University of Zurich and the University Children’s Hospital Zurich have now found a way …

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Report takes aim at lax Swiss tobacco rules

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Switzerland is doing far too little to rein in tobacco and nicotine use, and is especially lax on vaping rules, according to a commission report, which blamed hefty industry lobbying. Several of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, including Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, have …

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Antibiotic-resistant infections could destroy our way of life, report says

The new report lays out a four-step strategy to confront the impending crisis of antimicrobial resistance. Credit: Shutterstock Humanity’s defences against infection are wearing thinner by the day, and the microbes responsible are getting stronger. One in four infections is already resistant to antibiotics and other known forms of treatment, …

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Cardiothoracic Imaging publishes special report on vaping

Chest CT angiographic images in a 24-year-old man with a history of e-cigarette use. A-C, Selected axial sections of the lung presented on lung windows reveal patchy ground-glass opacities distributed bilaterally with some, A, B, subpleural sparing and, C, consolidation in the lung bases. D, Coronal oblique thick-slab average intensity …

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Report outlines social determinants’ role in cancer and public health

Cancer cell during cell division. Credit: National Institutes of Health A new report outlines the critical role social determinants play in shaping population health, highlighting that health disparities are systemic, and cut across multiple population characteristics, including race/ethnicity, age, disability status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or other characteristics historically …

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