CONNER PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE: AHA president emphasizes evidence matters, diversity

AHA President Robert Harrington used his Conner Presidential Address at Scientific Sessions to spotlight the two pillars of his career: clinical trials and supporting the next generation of researchers. He titled his speech “Evidence Matters,” a phrase that was a drumbeat throughout his presentation during day two of the organization’s flagship conference.

AHA tackles youth vaping crisis with massive new initiative

The American Heart Association is fighting for the country’s young people and against the vaping epidemic by funding millions in new nicotine research, working to strengthen laws and policies nationwide, and exposing the e-cigarette industry’s lies. The effort announced at a press conference during Scientific Sessions takes on this public health crisis in bold new ways.

NEPAL: Echocardiographic screening of children may reduce burden of rheumatic heart disease

Echocardiographic screening of children for subclinical rheumatic heart disease and secondary antibiotic prevention in affected children may reduce the burden in endemic regions, according to an abstract presented at Scientific Sessions. In the study, researchers conducted a cluster-randomized comparison of echocardiographic screening for RHD versus a control group among schoolchildren in eastern Nepal.

Home visits helped reduce blood pressure in rural Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Home visits by government community health workers led to reductions in systolic blood pressure in rural Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, according to a study presented in a Late-Breaking Science session during Scientific Sessions. The visits were part of a multicomponent intervention integrated with existing health systems.

PRESIDENTIAL SESSION: AHA takes strong stand against vaping

The Scientific Sessions Presidential Session concluded with a look back at the AHA’s many successes over the past year and a standing ovation for one determined, young woman working to end the teen vaping epidemic. AHA CEO Nancy Brown called 16-year-old Katelyn Quezada of Los Angeles to the stage, along with an army of Quezada’s supportive peers. The group, partnering with the AHA, released an open letter on Sunday denouncing the dangers of vaping.

SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS KEYNOTE: Murat Sönmez, World Economic Forum tackle ethics, equity and access of big data

Against the historic backdrop of Philadelphia, Murat Sönmez charted the course for the future of big data while sharing important lessons from history. Sönmez, keynote speaker at the Scientific Sessions Presidential Session, is managing director of the World Economic Forum and head of its Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network.

IN MEMORIAM: CEO remembers Bernard Tyson for leaving health care ‘better than he found it’

Bernard J. Tyson, a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association who helped shape the organization as a member of the Board of Directors and co-founder of the CEO Roundtable, was remembered during Scientific Sessions for his devotion to improving the health and well-being of all Americans. Tyson, the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died in his sleep the previous Sunday. He was 60.

Mark your calendar for Scientific Sessions 2020

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