Chile, an example of aggressive state intervention to combat the obesity epidemic

2 September 2020
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Dr Martin Juneau, M.D., FRCP

In response to the skyrocketing rate of obesity in the Chilean population, the authorities have imposed a law that severely regulates the promotion and sale of ultra-processed industrial products, especially among young people.

Plant-based meat substitutes reduce certain cardiovascular risk factors

1 September 2020
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Dr Martin Juneau, M.D., FRCP

Replacing meat with plant-based meat substitutes significantly decreases certain cardiovascular risk factors according to a randomized, controlled study conducted at Stanford University.

Smoking continues to decline among young people

30 June 2020
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Dr Martin Juneau, M.D., FRCP

The increase in vaping observed in recent years in Canada is associated with a significant decrease in smoking among young people.

Can exercise protect against respiratory infections?

22 June 2020
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Dr Richard Marchand, M.D.

Regular exercise does not protect against acute respiratory infections according to a systematic review of studies published to date, but it is associated with a decrease in the severity of symptoms.

The social environment, essential for mental and physical health

15 June 2020
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Dr Martin Juneau, M.D., FRCP

The level of social integration is one of the main predictors of individuals’ health status and life expectancy.

The cardiovascular benefits of soy

28 May 2020
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Dr Martin Juneau, M.D., FRCP

A large study (over 200,000 participants) reports that regular soy consumption is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease.

COVID-19 is a disease that also affects blood vessels

27 May 2020
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Dr Martin Juneau, M.D., FRCP

Patients who develop severe complications from COVID-19 often have bleeding disorders leading to abnormal blood clot formation.

Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19: A potentially harmful effect on the heart

19 May 2020
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Dr Martin Juneau, M.D., FRCP

The results obtained for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine do not support its use in the current context. This treatment increases the corrected QT interval on the electrocardiogram, a recognized marker of an increased risk of fatal arrhythmias.

Obesity and heart function

14 May 2020
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Dr Martin Juneau, M.D., FRCP

A study sheds light on a mechanism of adaptation for the decrease in cardiac energy capacity induced by obesity.

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