American College of Cardiology Names Top Cardiovascular Stories of 2012

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  • Electronic applications moved into the doctor’s office. iPhone apps were introduced to generate electrocardiograms (ECGs), help diagnose atrial fibrillation, or help patients quit smoking while the ACC’s CardioSmart  Explorer app was introduced to provide animated 3D heart images to help cardiologists explain conditions to their patients.
  • The Choosing Wisely campaign got national attention. The campaign was meant to help open the discussion between patients and providers about the costs, risks and benefits of certain procedures.
  • Bariatric surgery identified as tool for controlling diabetes in obese patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • The FDA expanded approved uses for transcatheter aortic valve replacement for high-risk patients. Previously, the FDA had approved the treatment for only inoperable patients.
  • Warfarin alternative rivaroxaban was approved to treat pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis
  • CABG identified as better than PCI stents for treatment of patients with diabetes and multi-vessel coronary artery disease.
  • New cholesterol lowering drug showed potential. PCSK9 inhibitors demonstrated success in significantly lowering LDL cholesterol.

Top Health News of 2012: From zombie attacks to soda-no-more

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[By Hope Gillette Voxxi]

1. New York City’s mayor placed a ban on large sizes of soda and other sugary beverages in an effort to help combat the nation’s growing issue with obesity.

2. The first ever over-the-counter home HIV test offered a way for early detection and thus earlier treatment, and was an important step in the war against the spread of AIDS.

3. Obesity was definitely a big fat health news in 2012 and one sure to roll over for the next few years.

4. Marijuana legalized in some US states

5. Meningitis outbreak: Contaminated steroid injections led to a number of deaths in the country and sickened thousands with fungal meningitis. In addition to the steroids, a number of other products, including ointments and creams, were recalled.

6. Energy drinks were linked to deaths

7. People all around the United States, as well as those in other countries, were made aware of the prevalence of genetically modified organisms in their food supply when a study on Monsanto corn products revealed negative health effects on laboratory rats. The ensuing actions led to the products being banned in certain parts of Europe and created a demand in the U.S. for better food labeling protocols.

8. Cranberry and UTI: The article touched on both the positives and the negatives of using cranberry juice, and warned of the possibility of interstitial cystitis, which mimics UTI symptoms.

Biggest Cardiology Stories of 2012 from Heart Wire – Lipids

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  • The most important study of 2012, the Dal-OUTCOMES study, was unfortunately a failure.
  • This is now the second failure of a drug in this class, but possibly for two different reasons. This sets up a major drama for the development of anacetrapib and evacetrapib, both of which are in or entering very large-scale clinical-outcomes studies. It also calls into further question the broad issue of HDL raising in general, which together with the clinical data and the newest genetic data (Mendelian randomization studies) are changing very long-held beliefs in this field
  • For 2013, HPS-2 THRIVE [Heart Protection Study 2-Treatment of HDL to Reduce the Incidence of Vascular Events] may be positive.

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