Statins associated with improved heart structure and function — ScienceDaily

This study investigated the association between statins and heart structure and function. The study included 4,622 people without cardiovascular disease from the UK Biobank, a large community-based cohort study. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was used to measure left and right ventricular volumes and left ventricular mass. Information on statin use was obtained from medical records and a self-reporting questionnaire.

Patients taking statins had a 2.4% lower left ventricular mass and lower left and right ventricular volumes. Dr Aung said: “People using statins were less likely to have a thickened heart muscle (left ventricular hypertrophy) and less likely to have a large heart chamber. Having a thick, large heart is a strong predictor of future heart attack, heart failure or stroke and taking statins appears to reverse the negative changes in the heart which, in turn, could lower the risk of adverse outcomes.”

Source: Statins associated with improved heart structure and function — ScienceDaily

Positive heart remodeling.  I guess I can brag about this at the next dinner party!

Rock climbing envisioned as new treatment for depression — ScienceDaily

“You have to be mindful and focused on the moment. It does not leave much room to let your mind wonder on things that may be going on in your life — you have to focus on not falling,”

Source: Rock climbing envisioned as new treatment for depression — ScienceDaily

Sounds promising and for some people a better alternative than drugs.

Yeah, I had to Google it too.

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Interval Colorectal Cancer Incidence – Annals of Internal Medicine – American College of Physicians

Conclusion: Among elderly Medicare enrollees, the risk for interval CRC was higher in black persons than in white persons; the difference was more pronounced for cancer of the distal colon and rectum and for physicians with higher PDRs.

Source: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Interval Colorectal Cancer Incidence | Annals of Internal Medicine | American College of Physicians

Associations between substance use disorders and suicide or suicide attempts in people with mental illness: a Danish nation-wide, prospective, register-based study of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, unipolar depression or personality disorder – Østergaard – 2017 – Addiction – Wiley Online Library

Conclusion Substance use disorders are associated strongly with risk of completed suicides and suicide attempts in people with severe mental illness.

Source: Associations between substance use disorders and suicide or suicide attempts in people with mental illness: a Danish nation-wide, prospective, register-based study of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, unipolar depression or personality disorder – Østergaard – 2017 – Addiction – Wiley Online Library