The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently published the 2013 Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk. Paul Muntner, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues studied participants for whom atherosclerotic CVD risk may trigger a discussion of statin initiation.
Being married appears to be a heart-healthy lifestyle, according to researchers. The study reinforces the idea that heart health can be affected by social as well as physiological factors, said Vera Bittner, chairwoman of the American College of Cardiology’s prevention of cardiovascular disease committee and a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.
Paul Muntner, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues examined the Pooled Cohort risk equations in adults (age 45 to 79 years) enrolled in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study between January 2003 and October 2007, and followed up through December 2010.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine announced on March 19 that it will establish the Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development center on campus. “UAB and (Southern Research Institute) have spent a lot of time, money and energy developing the (Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance) over the last five years,” Whitley said, according to UAB News. “Having done that, being awarded this grant shows how that investment can pay off.”
In a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, lead author Dr. Richard Whitley of the University of Alabama at Birmingham pointed out that, at the time of the study, immunization of older children had not yet become a priority of the U.S. Public Health Service. The researchers said, “As a consequence, the importance of antiviral agents, particularly neuraminidase (NA) inhibitors, cannot be overemphasized."
While reasons behind the marriage findings are unclear, it supports previous studies that show couples tend to be healthier and live longer than singles. The study reinforces the idea that heart health can be affected by social as well as physiological factors, said Vera Bittner, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, and chairwoman of ACC’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee.