Wednesday, February 29, 2012


  This article is available in your language   BETA
What's This?

We're All the 1 Percent

The U.S. middle class is still incredibly wealthy by international standards.


After 30 years of greed being good and rising tides lifting all boats, inequality -- or "class warfare," if you prefer -- is back on the political agenda.
The Occupiers who camped out in central squares from Melbourne to Oakland, denouncing the "1 percent" for its supposedly ill-gotten gains, have a point: Inequality is out of control. But these mainly middle-class complainers are an incredibly coddled bunch by any international reckoning. This is good news, because we're going to need to tax them more if we're ever going to solve the world's real inequality problem: the estimated 900 million people who live on less than $1.25 a day.
First things first: America's rich are really, really rich. U.S. Census data suggest every man, woman, and child in the top 1 percent of U.S. households gets about $1,500 to live on each day, every day. By contrast, the average U.S. household is scraping by on around $55 per person per day. But the global average is about a fifth of that.
So by global standards, America's middle class is also really, really rich. To make it into the richest 1 percent globally, all you need is an income of around $34,000, according to World Bank economist Branko Milanovic. The average family in the United States has more than three times the income of those living in poverty in America, and nearly 50 times that of the world's poorest. Many of America's 99 percenters, and the West's, are really 1 percenters on a global level./.../

Rheumatic Fever

From: World Heart Federation []
Sent: Dienstag, 28. Februar 2012 11:45
Subject: International Guidelines for Echocardiographic Diagnosis of Rheumatic Heart Disease

World Heart Federation Publishes First International Guidelines for echocardiographic Diagnosis of Rheumatic Heart Disease
Geneva, Tuesday 28 February 2012 – The inaugural international guidelines for the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a disease that affects tens of millions of people worldwide, have today been published by the World Heart Federation in Nature Reviews Cardiology.
The guidelines define the minimum requirements needed to diagnose RHD in individuals without a clear history of acute rheumatic fever (ARF), and will have important global and national implications.
Diagnosis is conducted with an ultrasound of the heart’s valves and chambers, known as an echocardiogram, but currently no guidelines are available to define what is normal on echocardiography.
In the absence of definitive guidance, physicians reporting on echocardiograms make decisions based on their clinical experience, and missing the disease at an early stage can have devastating consequences.
“The new evidence-based guidelines clearly define not only what is considered to be a definite and a borderline case of RHD but also what is considered normal in children,” said Dr Bo Reményi, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia. “The aim of the guidelines is to maximise pick-up of minor degrees of RHD, while preventing over-diagnosis.”
The World Heart Federation echocardiographic criteria for RHD have been developed and formulated on the basis of the best available evidence.
“The use of the guidelines should enable rapid identification of RHD patients who do not have a history of ARF,” said Prof Jonathan Carapetis, a co-author of the guidelines and Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, Australia.
Dr Nigel Wilson a co-author and Paediatric Cardiologist from the Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland New Zealand commented that “the guidelines should also allow for consistent echocardiographic reporting of RHD worldwide, which will in turn help us to get a better understanding of the number of people that are truly affected by this disease.”
Three categories have been defined on the basis of assessment by 2D, continuous-wave, and color-Doppler echocardiography: ‘definite RHD’, ‘borderline RHD’, and ‘normal’. Four subcategories of ‘definite RHD’ and three subcategories of ‘borderline RHD’ exist, to reflect the various disease patterns.
Read the full release and view the guidelines >

********New aim to detect rheumatic heart disease early

FEBRUARY 28, 2012 Lisa Nainggolan
    Casuarina, Australia - The first evidence-based guidelines on how to use echocardiography to diagnose rheumatic heart disease in those with mild asymptomatic disease have been published, by Dr Bo Reményi (Menzies School of Health Research, Casuarina, Australia) and colleagues in Nature Reviews: Cardiology [1].
The main aim of the new guidelines—which have been written by 21 key researchers in rheumatic heart disease and endorsed by the World Heart Federation (WHF)—"is to allow rapid and early detection of rheumatic heart disease in those individuals who've got mild disease, because they have the most to benefit from early intervention, which is penicillin injections," Reményi told heartwire. Starting this so-called secondary prophylaxis at an earlier stage of the illness than was previously possible can potentially reduce morbidity and mortality, she explained.
The advent of echocardiography has improved the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease in the past decade—compared with the old method of using a stethoscope—but different criteria to define abnormalities of cardiac valve structure and function have been adopted in various guidances, leading to some confusion, say the researchers.
They hope the development of these new, internationally endorsed standardized diagnostic criteria will help in the design of new studies to evaluate the role of echo in rheumatic heart disease control./.../

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Omega-3 & Brain

Omega-3s May Guard Against Brain Decline

In the first study of its kind, researchers link blood levels of healthy fats to brain size and memory loss.

Din Eugenio / Getty Images
Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids — healthy fats found in abundance in oily fish such as salmon — may protect against premature aging of the brain and memory problems in late middle age, according to a study published today in the journalNeurology.
Fish has long had a reputation as a brain food. The new study, however, is the first to link blood levels of omega-3s with brain shrinkage, mild memory loss, and declines in cognitive function, all of which are associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia./.../

Monday, February 27, 2012

AHA Metrics

Healthy Lifestyle through Young Adulthood and Presence of LowCardiovascular Disease Risk Profile in Middle Age
Kiang Liu, Martha L. Daviglus, Catherine Loria, Laura A. Colangelo, Bonnie
Spring, Arlen Moller, and Donald M. Lloyd-Jones
Circulation published 30 January 2012, 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.111.060681

Sites mais visitados

Saiba quais são os dez sites mais visitados do mundo

27 de fevereiro de 2012 – 12:00 20 Comentários
Quando estamos navegando pela internet, este mundo de infinitas possibilidades, não imaginamos que milhões de outras pessoas, neste mesmo momento, perambulam pela rede. E não só na cidade, no estado ou no país em que estamos. Mas sim, no mundo todo./.../

2538 - AMICOR 14

lista das últimas postagens


Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 9 minutos atrás
Galaxy may swarm with 100,000 times more ‘nomad planets’ than stars February 24, 2012 [image: This image is an artistic rendition of a nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent uncertainty about whether it has an atmosphere. A nomadic object may be an icy body akin to an object found in the outer solar system, a more rocky material akin to asteroid or even a gas giant similar in composition to the most massive solar system planets and exoplanets.] There may be 100,000 times more wandering “nomad planets” in the Milky Way than stars... mais »

Climate Change Shrink the Species

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 1 dia atrás
[image: Illustration by Danielle Byerley / University of Florida] Little People: Will Climate Change Shrink the Species? By JEFFREY KLUGER | February 24, 2012 | ILLUSTRATION BY DANIELLE BYERLEY / UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA This artist reconstruction compares Sifrhippus sandrae, right, with a modern Morgan horse that stands about 5 feet tall at the shoulder and weighs about 1,000 pounds. Sifrhippus, the earliest known horse, was the size of a small house cat (about 8.5 pounds) at the beginning of the Eocene about 56 million years ago. If you think there are no new reasons to get freaked ... mais »

Diabetes, cardiologia e internet

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 2 dias atrás

Student's guide to health and fitness

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 2 dias atrás
Health and fitness [image: Student’s Guide to Health and Fitness] Via: Online Colleges Guide


Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 3 dias atrás
U.S. Drafts Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease By LAURAN NEERGAARD | AP | February 23, 2012 | + [image: Photo Researchers RM / Getty Images] PHOTO RESEARCHERS RM / GETTY IMAGES An Alzheimer's patient shares a moment with her daughter. The Obama administration declared Alzheimer’s “one of the most feared health conditions” on Wednesday as it issued a draft of a new national strategy to fight the ominous rise in this mind-destroying disease. More than 5 million Americans already have Alzheimer’s or similar dementias, a toll expected to reach up to 16 million by 2050 — along with skyrocke... mais »

MI: Women

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 4 dias atrás
------------------------------ Higher Mortality for Women With MI and No Chest Pain By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: February 21, 2012 Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. * * Women more often have no chest pain with a myocardial infarction (MI) and have a greater risk of dying in hospital than men do, analysis of a large clinical registry showed. Almost 40% more women had no chest pain at diagnosis, and they had a 42% higher inhospital mortality, researchers reported in the Feb. 22... mais »

Dineína: Mitose celular

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 4 dias atrás
How Chromosomes Align Perfectly in a Dividing Cell ScienceDaily (Feb. 12, 2012) — To solve a mystery, sometimes a great detective need only study the clues in front of him. Like Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Tomomi Kiyomitsu used his keen powers of observation to solve a puzzle that had mystified researchers for years: in a cell undergoing mitotic cell division, what internal signals cause its chromosomes to align on a center axis? ------------------------------ *Story Source:* The above story is reprinted from materials provided by*Whit... mais »

Bisphenol: Urinary Concentration and Risk of Future Coronary Artery Disease

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 5 dias atrás
Urinary Bisphenol: A Concentration and Risk of Future Coronary Artery Disease in Apparently Healthy Men and Women * 1. David Melzer1*; 2. Nicholas J. Osborne2; 3. William E. Henley3; 4. Ricardo Cipelli4; 5. Anita Young5; 6. Cathryn Money5; 7. Paul McCormack5; 8. Robert Luben6; 9. Kay-Tee Khaw6; 10. Nicholas J. Wareham7; 11. Tamara S. Galloway4* *+**Author Affiliations* 1. *1 Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom;* 2. *2 Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Exeter, Exeter, Unite... mais »

Career in the Networked Economy

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 5 dias atrás
LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman: How to Build Your Career in the Networked Economy By SAM GUSTIN | @samgustin | February 21, 2012 | Reid Hoffman knows a thing or two about networking. Not only did he launch one of the most successful Internet companies of the past decade, LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, but he’s developed a formidable network of his own, one that’s given him the opportunity to invest such high-flying Internet start-ups as Facebook and Zynga. Hoffman stopped by TIME’s office in New York City to discuss his new book, *The Start-Up of You *, which offers i... mais »

Avoiding Avoidable Care

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 5 dias atrás
COST CONTROL REQUIRES CULTURE CHANGE Until recently, the main framework for thinking about reform has been one of shortages and disparities. That has begun to shift as patients and providers become more aware of the problem of unnecessary or avoidable care. Efforts to improve care and control costs will not be successful unless policymakers, payers, providers, and patients address the problem of avoidable care. Considerable uncertainty remains. How much care in the US is avoidable? Can we quantify its consequences, in terms of financial impact and harms? What factors drive overutili... mais »


Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 5 dias atrás
[image: Well - Tara Parker-Pope on Health] February 15, 2012, *12:01 AM*How 1-Minute Intervals Can Improve Your Health By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS [image: Can brief bursts of exercise improve your health?]John P. Kelly/Getty ImagesCan brief bursts of exercise improve your health? [image: Phys Ed] While many of us wonder just how much exercise we really need in order to gain health and fitness, a group of scientists in Canada are turning that issue on its head and asking, how little exercise do we need? The emerging and engaging answer appears to be, a lot less than most of us think — provided... mais »


Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - 6 dias atrás
Braile Biomédica launches transapical valve *Washington, DC* - Brazilian developers of the *Inovare* transapical aortic valve are encouraged by the early experience with the device despite a 50% two-year mortality rate. Here at CRT 2012, the *Cardiovascular Research Technologies* conference, *Dr Valter Lima* (Hospital São Francisco, Porto Alegre, Brazil) presented data from 93 of the 150 or so patients who have been implanted with the Inovare transcatheter aortic valve, a bovine pericardium and cobalt-chromium valve developed by Braile Biomédica. In this initial experience with the ... mais »