More Chocolate Please – Cocoa May Boost Brain Function in Seniors

Older people who had impaired neurovascular coupling at baseline and drank two cups of cocoa a day for a month had significant improvement in cognitive function and blood flow in the brain.

via Cocoa May Boost Brain Function in Seniors.

Now I don’t feel so bad about eating a bunch of dark chocolate covered walnuts on Saturday evening.

Chocolate May Reduce Stroke Risk

In a prospective, longitudinal study, those who consumed a median 62.9 g of chocolate a week were at a significantly lower relative stroke risk than those who ate a median of zero grams weekly RR 0.83, 95% CI 0.7 to 0.99, according to Susanna Larsson, PhD, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues.

via Chocolate Each Day May Keep Strokes Away.

Please pass the M&M’s.

Apnea Treatment Gets Heart Back in Shape

Several studies have suggested that obstructive sleep apnea contributes to the development of left ventricular systolic and diastolic dysfunction and, possibly, heart failure. Note that this study indicates that moderate-to-severe sleep apnea can cause structural and functional changes in left ventricular function comparable to that seen in hypertension and, further, these abnormalities significantly improve following CPAP therapy.

via Medical News:Apnea Treatment Gets Heart Back in Shape – in Cardiovascular, CHF from MedPage Today.

Duration of Diabetes Raises Stroke Risk

Diabetes at baseline and duration of diabetes both significantly increased the risk of an ischemic stroke, according to a longitudinal study. Having diabetes for 10 years or more tripled the risk of an ischemic stroke in this racially and ethnically diverse population.

via Medical News:Duration of Diabetes Raises Stroke Risk – in Cardiovascular, Strokes from MedPage Today.

Medical News: Death Rate High Long After VTE – in Cardiovascular, Venous Thrombosis from MedPage Today

The risk of death for patients with thrombosis was highest in the first year after the event, with a hazard ratio of 14.4 95% CI 7.1 to 29.2, according to Frits R. Rosendaal, MD, PhD, and colleagues from Leiden University in the Netherlands.But the risk remained elevated eight years later HR 3.8, 95% CI 0.5 to 30.8, the researchers reported in PLoS Medicine.

“Remarkably,” the mortality rate was five times higher among patients with malignancy and thrombosis than among those who had a malignancy without thrombosis (SMR 5.5, 95% CI 5 to 6.1), the researchers observed.

via Medical News: Death Rate High Long After VTE – in Cardiovascular, Venous Thrombosis from MedPage Today.