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Early warning systems
News by Press Association 28/08/2018, 4:40 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Fatal heart attacks can be predicted years in advance using a new technique to identify “ticking time bomb” arteries, research has shown. The number one cause of hearts attacks is inflamed plaques – fatty deposits on artery walls – rupturing and blocking blood flow to the heart. Knowing which plaques are most likely to trigger a heart attack would allow doctors to treat the most at-risk patients with more aggressive therapies. The new technique looks for fat-modifying chemical signals released by the most dangerous arterial plaques. By analysing computerised tomography (CT) scan images of the fat surrounding arteries, scientists were able to flag up patients at risk of deadly heart attacks years before they occurred. The new heart attack warning system, called the Fat Attenuation Index (FAI), was tested in a … [Read more...] about Scientists develop early warning system for deadly heart attacks
Banks are exploring setting up an “early warning system” to identify major misconduct by their staff before it causes too much damage. An independent review into bad bank behaviour is working up plans for an industry-wide data system that could identify and flag up systemic misconduct earlier, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Former Institute of Directors boss Simon Walker is leading the independent review on behalf of bank trade body UK Finance, with final recommendations expected by October. The review was set up in response to a string of major bank scandals, including revelations regarding past mistreatment of small firms by RBS and HBOS. Lenders are also footing the bill for past mis-selling of payment protection insurance, which is forecast to ultimately cost them more than £40bn. Mr Walker’s review is understood to be assessing how past industry-wide misconduct could have been picked up earlier, as well as the role confidential out-of-court … [Read more...] about Banks consider ‘early warning system’ to fight misconduct
Scientists have developed an early warning system to alert countries when an outbreak of dengue fever is most likely to strike. Dengue is a debilitating flu-like illness, spread by mosquitoes, which has become more widespread over recent years. According to figures from the World Health Organization there were around three million cases of the disease in 2015, compared to around two million in 2010 – although these figures are though to be a vast underestimate. Now, a global consortium of researchers has developed an early warning system to alert authorities on the Caribbean island of Barbados when a dengue outbreak is likely to strike. The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, has shown that a period of drought, followed by intense rainfall four or five months later provide the optimum conditions for an outbreak of the disease. Barbados, which is one of the 10 countries in the world where water is most scarce, has experienced three large outbreaks of … [Read more...] about Scientists develop early warning system to predict dengue outbreak
Many medical conditions have 'prodromes', warning signs that something is going to happen, usually something not very nice. For instance, if you suffer from cold sores, caused by the herpes virus , you’ll be familiar with its classical prodrome – soreness and tingling in the skin over the spot that’s developing on your lip and in nearby gums and teeth. This prodrome serves a useful purpose because if you act on it immediately by applying an anti-viral cream you can abort the cold sore altogether. The same goes for genital herpes. Migraine sufferers will identify with the sensations they feel when one of those pounding, disabling headaches is about to strike – flashing lights, halos around lights, loss of part of your vision, coldness of the side of the face where the headache attacks, even dribbling from the side of the mouth on the same side as the headache. This is the time to swallow your medication and head to a darkened room. People with epilepsy know … [Read more...] about ‘Be thankful for your body’s early warning system and take note of symptoms’