Lack of diversity among cardiovascular health-care professionals continues

Despite working for more than two decades to address underrepresentation of women in cardiology, disparities among cardiovascular professionals continue to exist. Profound inequities also exist for individuals underrepresented in medicine, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans, who constitute 32 percent of the U.S. population but only eight percent of practicing cardiologists. “The […]

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Long-term, frequent phone counseling helps cancer patients who smoke quit

Recently diagnosed cancer patients who smoke are significantly more likely to quit and remain tobacco-free if they receive frequent and sustained telephone counseling, according to a new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The study, published in JAMA, offers hope that these patients will respond better to treatment and enjoy improved quality […]

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Out-of-network claims fairly common for elective colonoscopy

Out-of-network claims were incurred by 12.1 percent of commercially insured patients who underwent elective colonoscopy between 2012 and 2017, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. James M. Scheiman, M.D., from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and colleagues estimated the prevalence, amount, and source of out-of-network claims […]

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Statins may reduce cancer risk through mechanisms separate to cholesterol

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may reduce cancer risk in humans through a pathway unrelated to cholesterol, says a study published today in eLife. Statins reduce levels of LDL-cholesterol, the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol, by inhibiting an enzyme called HMG-CoA-reductase (HMGCR). Clinical trials have previously demonstrated convincing evidence that statins reduce the risk of heart attacks and […]

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