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January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

Another study shows increased CV risk with rosiglitazone

Another study has suggested increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) events with the diabetes drug, rosiglitazone. In the retrospective case-control study (JAMA 2007;298:2634–43), rosiglitazone was associated with an increased risk of congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction (MI) and mortality, when compared with other oral hypoglycaemic agent treatments in older patients with diabetes....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

UK approves testing embryos for FH

The UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has granted permission for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) to be performed for the first time. The licence has been awarded to Dr Paul Serhal (University College London), who will screen embryos for the homozygous form of FH....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

Better to be fat than unfit?

Being unfit is an independent predictor of all-cause mortality, even after adjustment for body fat, according to a new study (JAMA 2007; 298:2507–16)....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

New cholesterol-lowering product

Genzyme has launched its new non-absorbed cholesterol-lowering agent, colesevelam hydrochloride (CholestagelTM) in Europe for the treatment of adult patients with primary hypercholesterolaemia who cannot meet their target low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels with statin therapies plus diet alone....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

Moderate alcohol consumption improves risk

A study, published in the European Heart Journal (7th January issue), has shown that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol and are physically active have a lower risk of death from heart disease and other causes than people who don’t drink at all....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

New pacemaker may help more syncope patients

Cardiologists from St Mary’s Hospital, London, have become the first in the world to implant a new generation of pacemaker that could help more people with syncope than current pacemakers....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

New ‘healing’ stent looks promising

A new stent which may promote healing of the artery better than currently available drug-eluting stents has shown promising results in initial clinical trials. The Genous Bio-engineered R StentTM, being developed by OrbusNeich, is coated with an antibody to capture a patient’s endothelial progenitor cells, which form a layer over the stent to provide protection against thrombus and minimise restenosis....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

ENHANCE study shows no benefit of ezetimibe

The first study to investigate the efficacy of the cholesterol absorption inhibitor, ezetimibe, has shown no benefit of the drug in an imaging study in patients with familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH)....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:7-11

State-of-the-art virtual simulators

State-of-the-art virtual simulators (see right) and a virtual in-house catheterisation laboratory to help physicians learn about the latest cardiac and vascular treatment techniques are just some of the educational facilities being offered by The Crossroads Institute for medical education, in Brussels, Belgium....

January 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:12

Correspondence

Does the transradial route for percutaneous coronary intervention preclude the use of the radial artery as a conduit for CABG?...

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