Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
WORLD STROKE DAY 2009: "Stroke, what can I do?"
The theme for the World Stroke Day 2009 is "Stroke, what can I do?"
This question implies that everyone can do something about stroke. Individuals can learn their risk for stroke and do something about it, they can learn the symptoms of stroke and what to do about them, and they can help advance the stroke cause in many other roles: as a physician, a nurse, a healthcare professional, a patient, a caregiver, a donor, a business person, a citizen, a member of a voluntary organization, a policymaker, a member of government etc. The theme has been developed to prompt individuals, groups and governments to take action against stroke either at a personal, or group level.
This year we are encouraging people all over the world to run World Stroke Day events. The WSO will be delivering tools to support this activity including lists of ideas for activities and media releases. The WSO will also be providing an award to the best, most innovative, and most powerful activities in different regions to recognize efforts that heighten stroke awareness.
Winston-Salem, NC- A new study has shown that fat around the heart—so-called pericardial fat—predicts coronary heart disease (CHD) independent of conventional risk factors .
In fact, pericardial fat may be a better predictor of an individual's future risk of CHD than either body-mass index (BMI) or waist circumference, say Dr Jingzhong Ding (Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC) and colleagues in their paper in the September 2009 issue of theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Ding told heartwire: "We and other groups have previously found in cross-sectional studies that pericardial fat is related to coronary artery disease. Our new study extends the findings to demonstrate that pericardial fat predicts the future development of clinical events of CHD and that this kind of prediction is beyond that conferred by conventional obesity measures—the first time this has been shown."/.../
Saturday, October 24, 2009
|Fotos Laílson Santos|
|• Teste: Seu cão está obeso?|
|• Teste: Seu gato está obeso?|
A obesidade tornou-se o problema de saúde mais frequente - e preocupante - entre cães e gatos de estimação. Segundo o último levantamento da Associação Médica Veterinária Americana, 40% dos cães dos Estados Unidos carregam quilos extras. No Brasil, a estimativa é que 30% dos cães e 25% dos gatos sejam obesos.
|Health Situation in the Americas: Basic Indicators 2009|
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tallying the Real Environmental Cost of Biofuels
The promise of biofuels like ethanol is that they will someday help the world grow its way out of its addiction to oil. Nine billion gallons of corn ethanol were produced in the U.S. in 2008, while countries like Brazil have already widely replaced gasoline with ethanol from sugar cane and countless start-ups are working to bring cellulosic and other second-generation biofuels to market. The reasoning is that if we use greener biofuels in place of gasoline, it will significantly enhance our effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
"The key observation that seems to be emerging is that current risk models overestimate CV event risk in diabetes patients," session cochair Dr Naveed Sattar (University of Glasgow, Scotland) toldheartwire, adding that the reasons for this overestimation are unclear.
"On the one hand, most countries are now treating patients with diabetes as if they are all CHD-risk equivalent, and clearly, the overestimation of risk scores suggests that that is potentially wrong," he said./.../
Desafio Montanha do Saber
A Parceiros Voluntários convida você e seus amigos para ajudar na arrecadação de livros e assim montarmos a maior Montanha do Saber do nosso Estado! Todas as unidades arrecadadas serão doadas para diversas Bibliotecas Comunitárias que atendem a crianças e jovens, que não têm condições de adquirir bons livros. Nossa meta é arrecadar junto com você, 5.000 livros!
No dia 07 de novembro, sábado, das 10h às 17h,voluntários estarão recebendo as doações no Armazém A1 do Cais do Porto, no largo da Escrita, durante a 55ª Feira do Livro.
Participe! Leve a sua turma, convide os amigos e doe Livros!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
(October 2009) In 2008, the United Nations announced that 50 percent of the world's population now lives in urban areas, a milestone in demographic history. News reports on the subject frequently rephrased this development slightly to say that half of the global population now lives in "cities" and illustrated articles with photos of Mumbai, Shanghai, or New York. These cities are what the UN terms "mega-cities," urban areas of 10 million people or more. The distinct impression was created that a majority of people lived in very large cities. However, only about 5 percent of world population lives in the largest cities or, more properly, metropolitan areas. The fact that over half of the world's population live in places termed urban is a notable development, to be sure. But, at the same time, it is useful and important to know just how the term "urban" is defined./.../
The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors
Goodarz Danaei1,2, Eric L. Ding1, Dariush Mozaffarian1,3, Ben Taylor4,5, Jürgen Rehm4,5,6, Christopher J. L. Murray7, Majid Ezzati1,2*
1 Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 2 Initiative for Global Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, 3 Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 4 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 5 Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 6 Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 7 Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, The University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Knowledge of the number of deaths caused by risk factors is needed for health policy and priority setting. Our aim was to estimate the mortality effects of the following 12 modifiable dietary, lifestyle, and metabolic risk factors in the United States (US) using consistent and comparable methods: high blood glucose, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and blood pressure; overweight–obesity; high dietary trans fatty acids and salt; low dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids (seafood), and fruits and vegetables; physical inactivity; alcohol use; and tobacco smoking./.../
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Brussels, 20 October 2009
The European Commission has released today a ’Communication on Solidarity in Health: Reducing health inequalities in the EU.’ The European Public Health Alliance welcomes the adoption of the long-awaited document and congratulates the Commission, and particularly Commissioners Vassiliou and Spidla, on delivering the first step in tackling health inequalities within and between Member States in Europe. A series of actions to help Member States and other actors tackle the gaps in health were announced./.../
Monday, October 19, 2009
© 2009 American Heart Association, Inc.
Joint Scientific Statement
Harmonizing the Metabolic Syndrome
A Joint Interim Statement of the International Diabetes Federation Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; American Heart Association; World Heart Federation; International Atherosclerosis Society; and International Association for the Study of Obesity
A cluster of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus, which occur together more often than by chance alone, have become known as the metabolic syndrome. The risk factors include raised blood pressure, dyslipidemia (raised triglycerides and lowered high-density lipoprotein cholesterol), raised fasting glucose, and central obesity. Various diagnostic criteria have been proposed by different organizations over the past decade. Most recently, these have come from the International Diabetes Federation and the American Heart Association/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The main difference concerns the measure for central obesity, with this being an obligatory component in the International Diabetes Federation definition, lower than in the American Heart Association/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute criteria, and ethnic specific. The present article represents the outcome of a meeting between several major organizations in an attempt to unify criteria. It was agreed that there should not be an obligatory component, but that waist measurement would continue to be a useful preliminaryscreening tool. Three abnormal findings out of 5 would qualify a person for the metabolic syndrome. A single set of cut points would be used for all components except waist circumference, for which further work is required. In the interim, national or regional cut points for waist circumference can be used.