About half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure under new guidelines announced Monday that set a lower threshold for the “silent killer,” second only to smoking as a preventable cause of early death. (Nov. 13)
Source: AHA: Half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure
Amish men and women who carried a genetic mutation appeared to be in better cardiovascular health and had longer telomeres, a barometer of longevity.
Source: Amish Mutation Protects Against Diabetes and May Extend Life – The New York Times
Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.
Source: First gene-editing in human body attempt – BBC News
Researchers report in the journal Neurosurgery that they were able to detect the hallmark of CTE, the degenerative brain disease.
Source: CTE confirmed for 1st time in live person, according to exam of ex-NFL player – Chicago Tribune
Zika virus is a member of the Flavivirus family which also includes the dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses. It is a mosquit
Source: High Zika Virus Prevalence in El Salvador and Brazil
Blood clots are normally seen as something to be avoided, something with dangerous consequences such as heart attack, stroke, or aneurysms. While blood clo
Source: Blood Clots: Good Vs. Bad
Every year, millions of people arrive at a hospital’s emergency department complaining of chest pain, but a small percentage of them are actually at
Source: Rapid Blood Test Assesses Risk of Heart Attack
More than one quarter of physicians in a national survey indicated their intention to leave their current clinical practice within 2 years, often citing professional burnout as the catalyst.
Source: One in Four Physicians Rethinking Clinical Practice
More than 300 recruits at the Marines’ boot camp in San Diego are suffering from diarrheal symptoms from an bacterial outbreak, officials disclosed this week.
Source: Bacterial outbreak sickens hundreds of Marine recruits in San Diego – LA Times
Rats given alcohol for 10 days prior to cocaine exhibited enhanced cocaine-addiction behavior, including continuing to seek cocaine despite receiving a brief electric shock when they did so.
Source: Alcohol reshapes the brain in ways that make rats more likely to become cocaine addicts – LA Times
The FDA might downgrade its heart healthy claim on soy protein, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad for you.
Source: Why sugar-laden Raisin Bran is considered ‘heart healthy,’ but soy is not | Popular Science
While the percentage of doctors in private practice is declining, some employed doctors, seeking deeper fulfillment, are striking out on their own. The odds of success are tough–but not impossible.
Source: Is Private Practice Making a Comeback?