Archive: Dec 2016

New Drug Could Help Prevent Artery Disease in High-risk Patients

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 2,200 Americans die each day from heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases. The most common cause is blocked blood vessels that can no longer supply oxygen and nutrients to the heart and brain. A recent study by researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine has shown that a protein inhibitor drug prevents these blockages, and could be a new therapeutic approach to prevent heart attack, stroke and other diseases caused by blocked blood vessels. Read More

Decorating Dangers: MU Researchers Caution Parents to Prevent Electrical Cord Burns to the Mouth

With millions of Americans decorating their homes for the holidays, tangles of extension cords and electrical wires are a common sight. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have estimated more than 1,000 injuries in children caused by oral electrical burns were reported in emergency rooms from 1997 to 2012. The researchers caution parents and caregivers of young children to be mindful of the dangers of electrical burns to the mouth, especially during the holiday season. Read More

Availability of Community-based Fitness Classes Leads to Increased Activity Levels

Physical inactivity is a global health problem that leads to approximately 3.2 million deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that a government-sponsored community activity program in Brazil is improving activity levels of women. The researchers believe the program could be scaled up and adapted to other communities around the world. Read More

Sowers to Receive National American College of Physicians Award

James R. Sowers, MD, FACP, director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, has been awarded the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes from the American College of Physicians (ACP). The award will be presented on Thursday, March 30, 2017, during the ACP’s annual scientific conference in San Diego. Read More