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Speaker: Recognizing patients’ emotional stress can reduce CV risk, improve outcomes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A speaker at the American Society for Preventive Cardiology Congress on CVD Prevention called on clinicians to have greater consideration for the effects of psychosocial factors on CVD and related outcomes.
During a presentation, Kavitha Chinnaiyan, MD, FACC, FSCCT, professor of medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, detailed the potential psychosocial and emotional triggers of incident CVD and emphasized the importance of cultivating resilience and neuroplasticity in at-risk patients.

Extending the shelf life of vaccines

Nearly half of all vaccines go to waste. This is due to the logistical obstacles involved in transporting them to diverse regions of the world. Most vaccines require strict temperature regulation from the manufacturing line to injection into a human arm. Maintaining a constant temperature along the cold (supply) chain is a challenging feat in the best of circumstances. In sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions, for example, limited transport infrastructure and unreliable electricity compounds the already immense challenges of delivering viable vaccines.