An observational study of 8,709 patients published in the Journal of the American Medical Association raises questions about the use of testosterone therapy, which was linked to a 29% greater risk of heart attack or stroke following coronary angiography. Further study is needed, but the authors said it's possible that testosterone therapy contributes to atherosclerosis.
Although concerns about privacy and professionalism have in the past limited physicians' use of social media to reach patients, that is starting to change. Health care providers, public health officials and researchers increasingly see Facebook as a useful tool for disseminating information, tracking disease and more, says Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute.
The American Heart Association has released its annual ranking of research advances. Extended CPR, renal denervation, treatments for children with heart disease and a number of stroke studies are among the developments cited on the list.
Female senior authors are 50% less likely to see their research published in academic journals than their male counterparts, but they were equally likely to have their work accepted by a conference, according to a Swiss study that evaluated more than 10,000 conference abstract submissions. One possible explanation for the disparity is differences in the review process, but researchers and commentators cautioned against drawing hasty conclusions without further research.