Daily Aspirin May Lower Risk for Fatty Liver ProgressionTaking daily aspirin may prevent progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to liver fibrosis and nonalcoholic steatopepatitis (NASH), according to a study published online May 8 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Excess Vitamin D Linked to Kidney DamageVitamin D has been reported to have a wide range of benefits. However, a recent case study indicates that excessive use of vitamin D can cause kidney damage in people who are not deficient in the vitamin.
Dad's Smoking Tied to Baby's Heart Defect RiskResults from a large meta-analysis indicate that paternal smoking during a mother's pregnancy is a significant and independent risk factor for congenital heart defects (CHD) among offspring, as is secondhand smoke exposure in general.
Meta-analysis suggests smoke exposure from any source is problematic during pregnancy.
Early or Delayed Cardioversion in Recent-Onset Atrial FibrillationPatients with recent-onset atrial fibrillation commonly undergo immediate restoration of sinus rhythm by pharmacologic or electrical cardioversion. However, whether
immediate restoration of sinus rhythm is necessary is not known, since atrial fibrillation often terminates spontaneously.