Hypertension costly to patients, society

Hypertension costly to patients, society

(Reuters Health) – Each year, U.S. adults with high blood pressure incur almost $2,000 more in annual healthcare costs, according to a new study “The increased cost burden of hypertension may cause some patients to discontinue antihypertensive medication,” especially if they don’t have insurance coverage for prescription drugs, Dr. Robert M. Carey of the University […]

Blood test may predict a premature birth

Blood test may predict a premature birth

US and Danish researchers developed an inexpensive blood test that may predict with up to 80% accuracy whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely. While more research is needed before the test is ready for widespread use, experts say it has the potential to reduce fatalities and complications from the 15 million premature births […]

Guests could get paid to stay at St. Louis hotel, get flu

Guests could get paid to stay at St. Louis hotel, get flu

Associated Press Published 12:07 p.m. CT June 10, 2018 CLOSE Ever wanted to get a hotel room in your city and enjoy a well deserved staycation. Well, a university wants to get pick up the hotel tab for you. The catch? You need to get infected with the flu. Susana Victoria Perez has more. Buzz60 […]

Take off kid gloves when disciplining child with autism

Take off kid gloves when disciplining child with autism

Question: I am a grandmother with custody of my two grandsons, 6-year-old twins. Because of behavior problems at home and school and difficulties relating to other children (they play and communicate with one another just fine), they have been diagnosed with autism. What is your opinion of the diagnosis and what can I do to […]

China May Compete for Limited Opportunities to Test Ebola Vaccine

China May Compete for Limited Opportunities to Test Ebola Vaccine

China is making a bid to use its Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s a move that could further complicate efforts to test a crowded field of vaccines and therapies in the context of a waning outbreak. The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gao Fu, is reported […]

Patient, researcher say a rapid tick test needed in NS Lyme fight

Patient, researcher say a rapid tick test needed in NS Lyme fight

Margo Beveridge checks herself carefully for ticks every day after going outdoors. The Halifax woman has been bitten twice by ticks — once on the back and once on her eyelid. “It’s kind of a disgusting experience,” she said of finding the embedded ticks.  Both times her doctor prescribed antibiotics out of a concern she […]

Paul D. Boyer, 99, Dies; Nobel Winner Studied What Makes the Body Go

Paul D. Boyer, 99, Dies; Nobel Winner Studied What Makes the Body Go

A boy, Douglas, expired in 2001. By 1943 to 1945, Dr. Boyer worked on war-related study at Stanford University, analyzing ways of stabilizing answers of serum albumin for battle blood transfusions. He then joined the University of Minnesota, and for the subsequent 18 years he taught bio-chemistry that there and started his own independent research […]

Fighting ticks one tweezer pull at a time

Fighting ticks one tweezer pull at a time

I hate ticks. Let me rephrase that: I loathe ticks with unending fury. But I love hiking more in the hotter months than the cold, and that’s when you run into these little monsters. If you’re like me and you want to get out on the trails this summer, then you need to be prepared […]

Expert: Opioids Are 'The Defining Epidemic Of The 21st Century'

Expert: Opioids Are 'The Defining Epidemic Of The 21st Century'

Psychiatrist Robert L. DuPont, MD, has been campaigning against opioid addiction for half a century.  In the interview below, conducted with Opioid Watch late last month, DuPont explains why he believes today’s opioid crisis — “the defining epidemic of the 21st Century” — needs a “new narrative.” He focuses in particular on the problem of […]