Cannabis linked to serious cardiovascular complications

From Medicine Today, June 2014: Cannabis use is associated with a significant increase in the risk of serious cardiovascular complications such as acute coronary syndrome, arteriopathies and acute cerebral angiopathy, according to data from the French Addictovigilance Network. Researchers found 1.8% of the 1979 cannabis-related reports to the Network, which collects physician data on serious Continue reading Cannabis linked to serious cardiovascular complications

The health costs of early menopause

From Medicine Today, June 2014: Early natural menopause is associated with a moderate but significant increase in the risk of heart failure, particularly among smokers, a large prospective population-based study has found. Data from 22,256 postmenopausal women in the Swedish Mammography Cohort showed those who experienced natural menopause between 40 and 45 years of age Continue reading The health costs of early menopause

Young adult stroke leaves one in eight dependent

From Medicine Today, April 2014: One in eight individuals who experience ischaemic stroke or intracerebral haemorrhage before the age of 50 years still struggle to function independently 10 years after the event, say researchers. A study of 722 patients aged 18 to 50 years presenting with their first stroke, haemorrhage or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) Continue reading Young adult stroke leaves one in eight dependent

Dying in ICU more likely with palliative chemotherapy

From Medicine Today, April 2014: Terminally-ill cancer patients receiving palliative chemotherapy in the four months before death are more likely to die in intensive care units, and more likely to have CPR and mechanical ventilation in the last week of life. Analysis of data from a US-based prospective longitudinal study showed that 56% of 386 Continue reading Dying in ICU more likely with palliative chemotherapy