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What Phoenix Can Teach Us About Reclaiming the Night Sky

As major cities adopt newer, more energy-efficient LED streetlights, the problem has only gotten worse. New bulbs may save millions in electricity costs, but the blue glare given off has created a halo of light pollution that has caused fewer and fewer stars to be visible on even the clearest night. It’s a growing problem for astronomers, who often end up in far-flung corners of world just to find dark skies, but the intrusion of these bright lights is now taking a toll on everyone.


13 Urgent Science and Health Issues the Presidential Candidates Have Not Been Talking About

In this election season science and health have taken a backseat. Worse, presidential candidate Donald Trump dismissed climate change as a Chinese hoax. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, vowed to dig up what the government knows about UFOs. Science is hardly getting its due.


Cancer Patients Face Increased Risk of Acute MI, More PCI Complications, Higher Mortality, and Soaring Costs

WASHINGTON, DC—The incidence of acute MI in patients already living with cancer has climbed significantly in recent years, according to new numbers presented yesterday at TCT. What’s more, cancer patients undergoing PCI for acute MI face a greater risk of complications, as well as longer and costlier hospital stays, than those without the disease.

MI Patients Who Develop Heart Failure Vulnerable to Higher Risk of Cancer

Among MI patients, those who develop heart failure after their event face a much higher risk of developing cancer than those who don’t, according to an observational study. The study, published in the July 19, 2016, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, highlights a number of potential shared risk factors associated with both heart failure and cancer.

Revoked and Restored: Anthony Brown’s Life on Parole

New York — Anthony Brown has spent 15 of his 31 years in prison or on parole. He was first incarcerated in 2001, when he was 16 years old, for selling drugs and has since been incarcerated four times for drug crimes and parole violations. Brown was most recently released from prison in February 2015, and says he is going to get off of parole for good so he can be involved in his soon-to-be born child’s life.

Plants and Animals: Protein’s Link to Mortality and Cardiovascular Death Depends on Its Source

People who get their protein from plant rather than animal sources have a lower risk of dying and conversely, those who eat more meat have an increased mortality risk. The added harm of animal-based protein diets was seen in subjects with at least one unhealthy lifestyle habit—things like smoking or high alcohol consumption—according to a prospective cohort study of more than 130,000 healthcare professionals.

Fostering and Maintaining Cardiovascular Health in Children Key to a Healthier Population, Says AHA

New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) are promoting preventative cardiovascular care in children in hopes of achieving the organization’s long-term goal of reducing all deaths from CV disease and stroke by 20% before 2020.

Bronx voters decisively back Clinton

Bronx voters overwhelmingly came out for Hillary Clinton in the April 19 Democratic presidential primary. Clinton tallied 58 percent of the New York state vote to defeat Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, on Tuesday, with about 95 percent of the votes counted.

Young Women Need Earlier Messaging on Physical Activity for Preventing Later CHD, Study Hints

For younger women, it’s not the type of physical activity that matters for heart health but rather how much exercise they get as a whole, according to observational data from the Nurses’ Health Study II. Even brisk walking is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), and the benefit extends across the spectrum of body mass index.

Tension rises as NYCHA police patrols and crime collide

In the wake of the shooting of two police officers in a stairwell, residents of the Melrose Houses expressed concern about what they see as a collision course between a spike in crime and NYPD’s vertical patrols assigned to their community.

St. Roch members continue fight for their church

As she took in the familiar surroundings—prayer candles and statues of the saints that decorate the 84 year-old walls of the sanctuary at St. Roch on Wales Ave in Mott Haven—Aida Berrios’ joy and admiration radiated through her smile. Berrios joined the chorus of more than 30 fellow parishioners as they sang happily at having been allowed back into the place where she has worshipped for almost 50 years.

Regular Exercise Can Offset the Mortality Risk of Long-term Sitting, Meta-analysis Finds

People who sit for prolonged periods are at higher risk of mortality, but that risk can be offset if they get at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day, according to a new meta-analysis.

Even With No Restrictions on Fat Intake, Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Disease

People who eat a Mediterranean diet, even when there are no limits set on fat intake, seem to have a lower risk of cardiovascular events. They also are at lower risk of getting cancer or dying from it, authors of a new review and meta-analysis report.

AHA Advises Physicians to Monitor Medications That Might Cause or Worsen Heart Failure

Many medications can worsen heart failure in patients who have the condition already or even cause new cases. But much can be done to address the potential for toxicity or drug-drug interactions, according to a scientific statement released Monday by the American Heart Association (AHA) that gathers together existing evidence on the issue.

Global Recall for Certain Lotus Valve Systems Following Reports of Death, Catastrophic Vessel Trauma

Boston Scientific has issued a voluntary recall for several lots of the Lotus Valve System due to breaks in the release mechanism of the delivery system. These breaks have resulted in three deaths from catastrophic vessel trauma, the company has confirmed to TCTMD.

Amount of Calcium, Not Calcium Progression, May Be Best for Gauging CV Risk

It may not be necessary to take into account progression of coronary artery calcium (CAC) when trying to estimate a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, according to a new analysis. The most recent CAC scan is in fact just as good of a predictor as the calculations based on changes that occur over time.

Galen Strohm Wagner, Who Helped Establish the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease, Dies Age 76

Galen S. Wagner, MD, the former director and co-founder of the Duke Cardiac Care Unit, has died. Wagner helped develop key programs at Duke University including the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease—the precursor for the renowned Duke Clinical Research Institute. He most recently served as an associate professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at the university.

Structured Exercise Program Can Help the Sedentary Elderly but Does Not Curb CV Events

Older, frail individuals who are encouraged via a structured exercise program to stop being sedentary and start getting more physically active do not see their efforts translate into a lower risk of cardiovascular disease events, according to a fresh look at data from the Lifestyle Intervention and Independence for Elders (LIFE) trial.

Aspirin App Pairs Clinical Studies With Technology to Balance Bleeding, Benefits

Researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have joined forces with a mobile software developer to create an app that can calculate personalized aspirin dosages based on a patient’s history and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk factors.

Pharmacists Can Take an Active Role in Lowering CV Risk Factors, Likelihood of Events

When community pharmacists have the opportunity to regularly engage with patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease, the patients see a positive effect on risk factors such as high systolic blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Patients had a 21% relative reduction—amounting to a 5% absolute reduction—in their estimated risk of experiencing a CV event, according to new data from a randomized controlled trial.

With Greater Uptake, ARNIs Could Potentially Save the Lives of Nearly 30,000 Patients Each Year

Wide use of angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) therapy by patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction could prevent more than 28,000 deaths a year, researchers have estimated.

Shifting Obesity Trends Point to More “Extreme” Obesity in Women, With Repercussions for Future Care

Mounting rates of obesity and, more ominously, severe obesity in women have important implications for cardiovascular disease prevalence and treatment down the road, experts said in response to new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Whole Grain Consumption Linked to Less CVD and Lower Mortality, Meta-analyses Say

Two new meta-analyses add substantial support to the idea that increasing whole grain consumption can reduce the likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease, with one showing that eating several servings of whole grains every day also can reduce mortality stemming from conditions as various as respiratory ailments, stroke, and infectious disease.