Video Games Trigger Dangerous Arrhythmias in Some Children

Playing video games can produce potentially fatal arrhythmias in susceptible children, including those not known to be at risk, and war games are a potent trigger, an international case series and systematic review reveals. Nineteen patients experienced or suspected arrhythmia while playing video games, six went into cardiac arrest, and four died suddenly. “Now that … Read more

Time to Test Effects of CBD in Cardiovascular Disease?

Well-designed clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD) for cardiovascular disease are needed, based on evidence from preclinical studies showing that it has anti-inflammatory effects, a new report suggests. The systematic review of nine preclinical studies found reproducible positive adverse outcomes in vivo models with CBD. Mechanisms for the findings included … Read more

AHA Guidance on Infective Endocarditis With Injection Drug Use

Prompted by the “unprecedented” increase in the occurrence of infective endocarditis cases among people who inject drug, the American Heart Association (AHA) has issued a scientific statement devoted to this challenging patient population. The statement provides a more in-depth focus on the management of infective endocarditis (IE) among this unique population than what has been … Read more

LAIAs More Effective Than Oral Antipsychotics for Schizophrenia

For patients with schizophrenia, long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIAs) are associated with a lower risk than oral antipsychotics (OAs) for disease relapse and hospitalization ― and they carry no increased risk for adverse events, new research shows. Investigators analyzed data for more than 70,000 patients with schizophrenia and found that, compared with OAs, LAIAs were associated … Read more

Social Isolation, Loneliness Tied to Death, MI, Stroke: AHA

People who are socially isolated or lonely have an increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and death, independent of other factors, the American Heart Association (AHA) concludes in a new scientific statement. Crystal Wiley Céné “Over four decades of research has clearly demonstrated that social isolation and loneliness are both associated with adverse health … Read more

Metabolic Syndrome Raises Dementia Risk in Under-60s

The more components of metabolic syndrome a person has in midlife seems to raise their risk of dementia, although that relationship seems to go away after age 70, a post hoc analysis of data from a major European cohort study has found. A team of European researchers reported online in the journal Diabetes Care that … Read more

Primary Hyperparathyroidism Raises Fracture, CV Risk

Dr Mattias Lorentzon Patients with untreated primary hyperparathyroidism show significant increases in the risk of hip fracture, cardiovascular events, and mortality, however, the risk is reduced when treated with parathyroidectomy, results from a large sample of patients in Sweden show. “Our results indicate that the risk of these severe outcomes is lower after surgery than … Read more