Predictors of poor coronary collateral circulation in stable CAD
As reported in Angiology, the fasting blood glucose and serum uric acid levels and the white blood cell count were higher in patients with stable CAD (n=480) and associated with poor coronary collateral circulation.
Belimumab safe and effective in childhood-onset SLE
As reported in Arthritis and Rheumatology, belimumab (a human monoclonal antibody targeting soluble B-lymphocyte stimulator) is effective and well-tolerated in children with SLE (n=7). The mean follow-up was 9.3 months. The SLEDAI decreased from 6.4 to 4 and 57% of recipients were able to taper steroids. Clinical response was evident by 3 months.
Green tea reduces BP and improves lipid profile
As reported in Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases, a meta-analysis involved 20 RCTs and 1536 participants showed that consumption of green tea (Camellia sinensis) is associated with a reduction in systolic blood pressure (-1.94 mmHg) and improved lipid profile (TC, -0.13 mmol/l; LDL-C, -0.19 mmol/l). Additional studies quantifying the association are needed.