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JAMA Network Open examined the diets and activity levels of normal weight patients or those either postbariatric surgery or eligible for surgery. Over 4600 patients were culled from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2015-2018. Bariatric surgery decreased obesity, heart disease...

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More healthcare discrepanciesBlack vs White and male vs femaleare brought to light in a Journal of the American Heart Association Report. Researchers identified over 4100 records based on over 29 million chest pain visits by young adults. In terms of being evaluated by a physician, people of color...

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Last week, the Daily Dose highlighted health inequities in pain management after giving birth, and the different treatment of Black vs White women. What about medically underserved areas (MUAs)? A study in the Journal of Pain Research compared two areas of the United States (southern Minnesota and...

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A new experimental drug, mavacameten, may avert heart surgery or other therapies to lessen the thickness of the septum. Findings from a clinical trial were presented at the 71st annual American College of Cardiology scientific session. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes heart muscle thickening...

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A study published in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare details the importance of nature based interventions (NBI) as applied to 11 females, aged 38 to 57, whose capacity to work in the healthcare field was lowered due to stress. The interventions included time spent in forests, parks, and...

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Some think e-cigarettes are safer than the “real” thing. For those who have COVID, however, users of e-cigarettes are more likely to experience symptoms at a higher frequency. About the study published in Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, coauthor David McFadden, MD, a Mayo Clinic...

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Postsurgery, who needs which kind of pain management medication? A study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery looks at opioid-naïve patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting and/or valve surgery. Of more than 1900 patients, 28% were discharged without a prescription for opioids...

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After thoracic surgery, chronic neuropathic pain is common—3 months postsurgery, the rate of postthoracotomy pain syndrome (PTPS) is over half; at 6 months, 47%. Symptoms/complications include shooting/burning pain, shocking, and aching pain that can last years. A study published in the Journal of...

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The American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology has published an article on the long term complications of COVID-19, its impact on various organ systems, and potential management algorithms. In the United States, COVID has infected >49 million; approximately 26% experience long term complications...

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What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? It’s a disease that causes abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, which leads to difficulty in blood pumping. It can cause arrythmias and death. Although both genders have a heart, women, along with people of color, are less likely to be implanted with a...

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