Anti-inflammatory injections lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with previous myocardial infarction independently of lowering lipid levels, in a recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In the first study of its kind, gene therapy has been found to be feasible and well tolerated in patients with refractory angina. Treated patients showed increased myocardial perfusion at 1 year in the areas that had impaired myocardial perfusion reserve at baseline.
Nutrition advice aimed at children also improves their parents’ diets according to new European research. Child-oriented dietary counselling increased the intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and decreased the saturated fat intake of parents and decreased serum total and LDL concentrations in intervention mothers compared to control mothers.
This month’s Back to Basics feature is a wallchart to support this year’s seasonal flu vaccination programme.
The vaccine is offered free on the NHS to adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over), pregnant women and children aged six months to two years at risk of flu.