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The Med & Mic™ 05.26.22

>> Check your risk: how do you score on these seven factors?

>> Are two COVID shots enough for people with certain chronic health problems?

>> How common is long-term heart inflammation after COVID?

>> How much TV is unhealthy?

The Med & Mic™ 05.26.22

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Dementia risk assessment from 7 factors

The American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7” can hint at the risk of dementia later in life. Based on a study of 11,500 people followed over 26 years, the better the midlife scores on the following factors, the lower the risk of dementia decades later, regardless of genetics.

  1. Physical activity

  2. Diet

  3. Obesity

  4. Smoking

  5. Blood pressure

  6. Cholesterol

  7. Blood sugar

Two shots effective with inflammatory diseases

A population-based analysis shows the two-dose series of COVID immunization is around 80% effective in people with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease. “These patients were excluded from the initial vaccine clinical trials,” says researcher Jessica Widdifield, PhD in an article from Healio. The researchers analyzed four cohorts from March 2021 to November 2021.

Long-term Heart Inflammation

One in eight people hospitalized with COVID will have heart inflammation a year later. The study from Scotland followed 159 patients hospitalized with COVID between May 2020 and March 2021. Many had ongoing health conditions a year later, including lung and kidney problems. The study also found long-COVID affected women predominantly. More in HealthDay.

Less TV, Healthier Hearts

Researchers have calculated that 11% of coronary heart disease could be eliminated if people watched less than an hour of TV a day. The study focused on screen-based sitting, including watching TV and leisure-time computer use. The researchers also took genetic factors into account. People who watched TV more than four hours a day were at greatest risk. The study did not find that leisure-time computer use had any influence on developing coronary heart disease. More from HealthDay.

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