Bidirectional Mendelian randomization uncovers link between plasma metabolites and heart attack risk

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a leading cause of death worldwide, with plasma metabolites playing a key role in physiological pathways. A study using bidirectional Mendelian randomization was conducted to understand the relationship between plasma metabolites and heart attack risk. Researchers analyzed data from 461,823 individuals of European descent, identifying 198 unique plasma metabolites…

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Identify Your Triggers to Quit Smoking for Good

After 15 years of smoking, Adrian Diaz Bulibasa decided to quit to improve his future child’s health. While quitting was hard due to his love for smoking and habits developed around it, he realized most of his urges were due to triggers related to certain situations, emotions, and routines. By identifying and managing these triggers,…

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FDA Approves Second Ustekinumab Biosimilar

The FDA has approved a new biosimilar, ustekinumab-aekn (Selarsdi), for the treatment of plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in adults and children aged 6 and older. This is the second ustekinumab biosimilar approved in the US and was developed by Alvotech in partnership with Teva Pharmaceuticals. Ustekinumab is a monoclonal antibody that targets interleukin-12 and…

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Time-restricted fasting may effect weight loss and improve cardiometabolic function: Study

A study suggests that time-restricted fasting can lead to weight loss and improve cardiometabolic function. The research found that this type of fasting may help in achieving better overall health outcomes. Time-restricted fasting involves limiting the time window in which one consumes food, typically within 8-12 hours each day. This approach could be effective in…

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Consultant Psychiatrist – University of Galway

The University of Galway is seeking a part-time consultant psychiatrist to work at the Student Health Unit. The successful candidate will provide expert clinical care to students, working alongside a team of healthcare professionals. The position requires a 5-session/week commitment during term time and 2-3 sessions/week outside of term. Experience as a consultant psychiatrist is…

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What Medications Are Most Effective?

A systematic review and network meta-analysis found that Mirtazapine, biperiden, and vitamin B6 are the most effective treatments for antipsychotic-induced akathisia (AIA). Vitamin B6 showed the best efficacy and tolerance profile. Antipsychotics are the first-line treatment for schizophrenia spectrum and psychotic disorders but can cause AIA, characterized by restlessness and excessive movement. Current recommendations involve…

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Mind the Gap: Women Less Likely to Survive Heart Attacks Across Global North

A global study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes revealed that women are consistently receiving inferior heart attack treatment compared to men in various countries. Women were less likely to receive cardiac procedures to open blocked arteries and had higher mortality rates after severe heart attacks. Discrepancies in care persisted across countries, indicating deep-rooted…

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Neurology-focused NeuroX will participate in CMS’ GUIDE Program

NeuroX and ATP Partners are joining the CMS GUIDE Program to enhance care for dementia patients by providing virtual consultations with neurologists, psychiatrists, and sleep specialists. The program, launching on July 1, aims to offer care coordination, respite services, caregiver education, and support for dementia patients and their caregivers. Through the program, individuals will have…

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