Researchers analyzed the MESA study to determine the comparative value of the pooled risk equation vs. CT coronary artery calcium score for determining which aspirin-naïve patients < age 70 years without overt coronary artery disease would benefit most from primary prevention with aspirin. They found a calcium score of > 100 was superior for this determination.
The authors of this large-scale, observational study found that three or more hours weekly of physical activity was associated with a decreased incidence of depression, even in patients with a high genetic risk of depression.
Investigators terminated a study early before they could draw any firm conclusions. Thus, there remains a lack of solid evidence to support a firm recommendation regarding optimal blood pressure management for secondary stroke prevention.
The 2019-2020 flu season is already among us, and it is imperative that those healthcare practitioners on the frontline have current knowledge of prevention and treatment strategies. Both influenza A and B strains have been identified, and their predominance varies by region and age group.
In a scientific/public health triumph, the first vaccine for the prevention of Ebola virus infection has been approved. If administered prior to 10 days after exposure, its protective efficacy is 100%.