JAMA: Rates of Co-infection Between SARS-CoV-2 and Other Respiratory Pathogens

The following is an excerpt followed by the full text from a recent JAMA study on co-infection between SARS-COV-2 and other respiratory pathogens. ABSTRACT/ “As of April 3, 2020, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) had caused 972 303 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and 50 322 deaths worldwide.1 EarlyRead …

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Podcast – Who Is Right, the U.S. or European Hypertension Guidelines?

Hypertension Guidelines

Within the last 2 years, major guidelines have been issued from U.S.-based and European organizations that differ in their recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension. In 2017, the American College of Cardiology in United States issued new guidelines for hypertension. They are as follows: In Europe, The TaskRead …

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Two JAMA Studies with Podcast: Legal Cannabis Reduces Opioid Prescribing

Legal Cannabis

Recently the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published two studies and commentary on the relationship between legal cannabis use and opioid prescribing rates and patterns. We provide an 11-minute podcast from the authors and the study abstract summaries below. One study examines state implementation of medical and adult-useRead …

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Dark Chocolate Improves Walking in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease

This interventional study measured the acute effect of dark chocolate on walking distance autonomy (WDA), artery dilatation and NOX2‐mediated oxidative stress in a population affected by moderate‐severe. Previous studies with antioxidant infusion provided evidence that oxidative stress is implicated in impairing WDA, while its inhibition was associated with maximal walking distance (MWD) improvement. In PAD patients dark but not milk chocolate acutely improved walking autonomy with a mechanism possibly related to an oxidative stress‐mediated mechanism involving NOX2 regulation.