Cold weather associated with higher risk of severe heart attack

Cold weather is associated with a higher risk of severe heart attack, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Shuangbo Liu, adult cardiology resident at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The six-year study found that each 10°C drop in temperature was associated with a 7 percent increased risk of ST-elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. —> Read More

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

Famed British neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died on Sunday at the age of 82, his assistant told The New York Times.

The cause of death was cancer.

In February, he wrote an op-ed revealing that he was in the late stages of terminal cancer, after earlier melanoma in his eye spread to his liver.

“It is up to me now to choose how to live out the months that remain to me,” he wrote. “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.”

Sacks was a bestselling author who wrote a number of books, including Musicophilia, Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.

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Cold weather linked to increased stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients

Cold weather is associated with increased risk of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Tze-Fan Chao, cardiologist at Taipei Veterans General Hospital and the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. The study in nearly 290,000 patients suggests that cool climate may be an underrated issue for health that deserves more attention. —> Read More

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