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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) announced the late-breaking clinical trials sessions for its 65th annual scientific session. The conference is taking place from April 2 to 4 at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.

 

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ACC announces late-breaking clinical trials for annual scientific session

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) announced the late-breaking clinical trials sessions for its 65th annual scientific session. The conference is taking place from April 2 to 4 at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.

VA hospitals have lower mortality than non-VA hospitals in 3 hard-case categories

VA hospitals have been objectively measured against non-VA counterparts on some key performance indicators, and the former have defied their troubled reputation: They emerge from the statistical comparison looking, on average, quite competitively competent.

N.J. attorney general alleges cardiologist double-billed insurance companies

Roger Coletti, MD, a cardiologist from Wyckoff, N.J., was indicted on Feb. 3 for allegedly double-billing insurance companies more than $600,000. A state grand jury charged Coletti with nine counts of healthcare fraud, one count of second-degree insurance fraud and one count of second-degree attempted theft.

Text messaging interventions may improve medication adherence

A meta-analysis of 16 randomized clinical trials found that mobile telephone text messaging nearly doubled the odds of patients with chronic diseases adhering to their medication regimens. The studies evaluated cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV, asthma, allergic rhinitis, epilepsy and other chronic diseases.

Seven researchers receive nearly $800,000 to examine congenital heart defect

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) announced on Jan. 27 that they had awarded nearly $800,000 in grants to seven research projects in six states.

Most U.S. adults do not know exercise guidelines for preventing heart disease

A telephone survey from the Cleveland Clinic found that only 20 percent of U.S. adults knew that guidelines recommend they exercise at least 2 ½ hours per week to prevent heart disease. In addition, 40 percent of the respondents said they exercised less than 2 ½ hours per week.

AHA releases scientific statement on acute MI in women

Since 1984, the annual cardiovascular disease mortality rates have been higher for women than men, although the rates have declined in the past 15 years. Still, a recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) revealed that women are undertreated, are less likely to participate in cardiac rehabilitation and have more severe risk factors compared with men.

Med journal editors outline data sharing plan for clinical trials

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors has proposed a set of clinical data sharing requirements that must be met before trial results will be considered for publication in their member journals.

Sanders, Markey plan on blocking Califf’s appointment as FDA commissioner

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) placed a hold on the appointment of prominent cardiologist and researcher Robert Califf, MD, as the FDA commissioner.

Nearly half of family members have psychological problems after sudden cardiac death of young relative

Nearly 50 percent of family members had significant psychological difficulties after the sudden cardiac death of a young relative, according to a cross-sectional survey in Australia.

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