Statins overprescribed for primary prevention

Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, as a preventive measure can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. A study by the University of Zurich now shows that this measure is recommended too often, as current guidelines fail to take into account the risks of side effects. Source: Statins overprescribed for primary prevention

Essential oils from garlic and other herbs kill ‘persister’ Lyme disease bacteria

Essential oils from garlic and other herbs kill ‘persister’ Lyme disease bacteria “We found that these essential oils were even better at killing the ‘persister’ forms of Lyme bacteria than standard Lyme antibiotics,” says study senior author Ying Zhang, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School. Jie…

New study sheds light on medication administration errors leading to death — omission is a common cause

Medication administration errors leading to death are common with anticoagulants and antibiotics in particular, according to a new study that analyzed incidents reported in England and Wales. The most common error category was omitted medicine, followed by a wrong dose or a wrong strength. In half of the reported incidents, the patient was aged over…

Blue light can significantly reduce blood pressure

Blue light can significantly reduce blood pressure Blue light can significantly reduce blood pressure Blue light exposure significantly decreased systolic blood pressure and increased heart rate as compared to control. In parallel, blue light significantly increased forearm blood flow, flow-mediated dilation, circulating nitric oxide species and nitroso compounds while it decreased forearm vascular resistance and…

Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers

New research co-authored by assistant research professor and associate director of Informatics at the University of Southern California Department of Computer Science, Emilio Ferrara, looks at ‘social hacking’ over social networks that can increase violent commentary and can affect voting behavior. Source: Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers

ISS microbes should be monitored to avoid threat to astronaut health

Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). The strains found in space were not pathogenic to humans, but researchers believe they should be studied for potential health implications for future missions, according to a study…