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Grantees Research Brain Blood Flow and Falls

May 17
2010

Grantees Research Brain Blood Flow and Falls

Drs. Farzaneh Sorond and Joe Verghese were featured in a May 17th article in the Los Angeles Times about the relationship between aging vessels and blood flow to the brain that cause problems such as falling. As humans age, their propensity to make mistakes like falling and suffering related injuries rises significantly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than one third of adults over the age of 65 suffer falls each year. Scientists believe that the risk of falls is increased up to 70% by the stiffening of blood vessels caused by old age. One important function of…


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Beeson Scholar Sascha Dublin on Diabetes and Arrhythmias

May 11
2010

Beeson Scholar Sascha Dublin on Diabetes and Arrhythmias

Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, was interviewed by Reuters Health in a May 11th article on the health risks associated with diabetes. Dr. Dublin and her team at the Group Health Research Institute discovered that people with diabetes suffer a greater chance of having atrial fibrillation, which is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia. While there have been many studies conducted on the link between diabetes and atrial fibrillation, they have never led to one conclusive result, perhaps because many failed to account for obesity. Dr. Dublin and her colleagues attempted to settle that uncertainty by analyzing data for 1,410 people…


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