Health News

Diabetes: It Isn't Getting Better
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and another 79 million have prediabetes. That's about 30 percent of all Americans with a diabetes problem.
Blood Pressure Breakthrough?
Financial reward incentives for general practitioners in the United Kingdom who successfully treat a number of patients with high blood pressure have not proven effective. Researchers found that nationally set targets for treating patients with hypertension (consistent blood pressure measuring 140 mmHg over 90 mmHg or higher) did not make a discernible difference in care improvements. About half of the UK population over age 50 has hypertension (that number correlates to about two out of three patients of the same age in the United States), which is one of the most treatable -- yet unde...
When the Status Quo Won't Cut It
Although it's the most prescribed blood-pressure medicine on the market, hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic (or "water pill"), is much less effective than common hypertensive treatments.
Women Under Pressure
New research indicates middle-aged women could reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering their systolic blood pressure (the pressure when the heart contracts).
Costs of Cardiovascular Disease Enough to Make Your Heart Race
Costs associated with treating heart disease and heart conditions increased more than 200 percent in Canada from 1996 to 2006, and are expected to triple in the U.S. by 2030.
Brain Surgery Treats Hypertension?
Deep-brain stimulation (DBS), which incorporates a surgical implant similar to a cardiac pacemaker that sends electrical pulses to the brain, may provide relief from treatment-resistant high blood pressure.
Not So Savory News for Salt Lovers
Curbing salt intake in teens could reduce the number of young adults with high blood pressure, while imposing statutory limits of salt content in foods appears most effective way to cut intake.
Not Enough Talking
Race is a factor when it comes to the amount of weight-related counseling that obese patients receive, according to a recent study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Tomatoes Just Got Tastier
Tomatoes contain a nutrient that may prevent onset of vascular diseases, according to new research from Kyoto University.
Shock to the System
Combining blood pressure medicines with common antibiotics is linked to shock in patients resulting from hypotension (low blood pressure), according to a new study.