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  • 18/11/2021 - Press release

    In vitro validation of antibiotic combination for tackling treatment-resistant bacteria

    A study by researchers from Hospital del Mar, the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute and Hospital Son Espases, shows that the combination of a new antibiotic, ceftazidime/avibactam, with other antibiotics, can treat infections caused by variants of Pseudonomas aeruginosa that are resistant to all existing treatments. The study, published in Microbiology Spectrum, involved an in vitro analysis of the efficacy of the different treatments and their combinations to determine their effectiveness against variants of this bacterium, which is resistant to all existing drugs. Resistance to antibiotics has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the main threats to global health. Infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause pneumonia, heart problems and sepsis, especially in immunocompromised people

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  • 26/10/2021 - Press release

    A higher heart rate is associated with a greater risk of death

    The risk of death from any cause increases by 30% for each 10 beat per minute increase above 70 beats per minute The study, led by researchers at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, analysed data from more than 10,000 participants in the REGICOR study to establish the relationship between heart rate and the risk of cardiovascular disease and death It is a simple measurement indicator, which also provides information on the risk of cardiovascular disease. The work has been published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

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    Bariatric surgery improves long-term health of metabolically healthy obese patients

    These are obese patients with no associated diseases, referred to as metabolically healthy, who account for one in five people who undergo bariatric surgery. Their levels of cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides and fatty liver markers continue to fall five years after surgery The improvement is less than that seen in obese patients who do have metabolic problems prior to undergoing surgery and who, therefore, start from higher levels, but it demonstrates the usefulness of applying this surgical procedure to these individuals This has been demonstrated in a study by the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service at Hospital del Mar, the first in Spain, published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases

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  • 21/07/2021 - Press release

    Having higher levels of omega-3 acids in the blood increases life expectancy by almost five years

    Levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood are as good a predictor of mortality from any cause as smoking, according to a study involving the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), in collaboration with The Fatty Acid Research Institute in the United States and several universities in the United States and Canada. The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, used data from a long-term study group, the Framingham Offspring Cohort, which has been monitoring residents of this Massachusetts town, in the United States, since 1971. Researchers have found that omega-3 levels in blood erythrocytes (the so-called red blood cells) are very good mortality risk predictors. 

    Més informació "Having higher levels of omega-3 acids in the blood increases life expectancy by almost five years"

  • 22/06/2021 - Press release

    More than 6% of Europeans suffer from depression

    6.4% of the European population suffers from depression, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health. The work was led by researchers from King's College London, the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), the Parc de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu-Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu, the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of León (IBIOMED), and the CIBER on Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP). This figure is higher than that estimated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which calculated the prevalence of this pathology in the European region at 4.2%. Depression is considered to be one of the leading causes of disability around the world, increasing the risk of premature death, decreasing quality of life and being a heavy burden on health systems. In fact, it is estimated that it may affect more than 300 million people worldwide.

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  • 08/04/2021 - Press release

    Model developed for predicting long-term breast cancer risk in women participating in screening programmes

    Doctors and researchers at Hospital del Mar and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) have developed and validated a new risk model for breast cancer screening, based on four variables. This is the first time that it has been possible to predict the risk of developing this pathology in the long term, up to twenty years. The study, which has just been published in the journal PLOS ONE, examined data from almost 122,000 women who received a screening mammogram at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau between 1995 and 2015. This study is a continuation of the population-based breast cancer screening research led by Dr. Xavier Castells, head of the Epidemiology and Evaluation Service at Hospital del Mar.

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  • 09/03/2021 - Press release

    The benefits of the Mediterranean diet pass on to the families of patients who follow it

    People living with a patient undergoing an intensive weight loss treatment also benefit from this therapy. This has been demonstrated by a team of researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM-Hospital del Mar) along with doctors from Hospital del Mar and the CIBER on the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERObn), in collaboration with IDIAPJGol, the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute (IISPV), IDIBELL, IDIBAPS and the Sant Joan de Reus University Hospital. The study has been published in the journal International Journal of Obesity. The study analysed data from 148 family members of patients included in the weight loss and lifestyle programme PREDIMED-Plus (PREVencióDIetaMEDiterranea Plus) over a two-year period. The researchers analysed whether these people also indirectly benefited from the programme, as they were not enrolled in the study and did not receive any direct treatment.

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  • 26/02/2021 - Press release

    Not all “good” cholesterol is healthy

    HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) or good cholesterol is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease as it transports cholesterol deposited in the arteries to the liver to be eliminated. This contrasts with the so-called bad cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), which causes cholesterol to accumulate in the arteries and increases cardiovascular risk. Although drugs that lower bad cholesterol reduce cardiovascular risk, those that raise good cholesterol have not proven effective in reducing the risk of heart disease. This paradox has called into question the relationship between good cholesterol and cardiovascular risk, and researchers are now studying the characteristics of these HDL or good cholesterol particles. 

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  • 29/12/2020 - Press release

    High triglyceride and remnant cholesterol levels increase cardiovascular disease risk in high-risk patients

    A study that has just been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that high levels of triglycerides (the most common type of fat in the body), as well as those of remnant cholesterol (in triglyceride-rich lipoproteins), increase the risk of suffering cardiovascular disease in high-risk patients, even if they take the usual treatment to control blood cholesterol levels. The work is authored by researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM-Hospital del Mar), Hospital Clínic de Barcelona-IDIBAPS, and the CIBER on the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERObn). 

    Més informació "High triglyceride and remnant cholesterol levels increase cardiovascular disease risk in high-risk patients"

  • 08/10/2020 - Press release

    Following physical activity recommendations can reduce mortality risk by 16%

    Doing 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (fast walking or dancing, for example) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (running or other sports) a week, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), reduces your mortality risk by 16%. At the same time, cardiovascular mortality risk drops by 27% and cardiovascular event risk falls by 12%. This is highlighted in a study published by the Revista Española de Cardiología led by doctors from Hospital del Mar and researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), the University of Vic-Central Catalonia (UVic- UCC), and the CIBERCV and CIBERESP. The work also reveals that doing three to five times more physical activity than the recommended amount maximises the benefit.

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