The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Drug Side Effects

For Seniors, More Blood Pressure Medication Is Not Better

Increasing blood pressure medication at hospital discharge might do more harm than good for older people without heart disease.

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Editorial

Prescriptions on Demand from Online Doctors

Do you ever buy anything online? Would you consider visiting online doctors or prescriptions on demand? Online prescribing and dispensing are expanding.

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Heart Attack

Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

People who have high blood pressure in the doctor's office may need to confirm that it is sustained throughout the day with home blood pressure measurement.

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Depression

The Beta Blocker Blahs Can Be Debilitating

Beta blockers like atenolol, metoprolol and propranolol used to be very popular BP drugs. But the beta blocker blahs can be problematic. What else works?

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Will a High Dairy Diet Lower Your Blood Pressure?

In an experiment that pitted a high dairy diet against a low dairy diet, milk and yogurt lovers lowered their blood pressure significantly.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Pomegranate Power Enhances Mitochondria and Cell Health

Could compounds created in your body from pomegranate have anti-aging properties? Swiss scientists think so. Pomegranate power goes back thousands of years!

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Drug Side Effects

A New Carcinogen DMF Discovered in Valsartan BP Pills

It is hard to believe that yet another potential carcinogen has been found contaminating ARBs. The carcinogen DMF was detected in some valsartan BP pills.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Will L-Arginine Help Your Blood Pressure?

Nitric oxide can help keep blood pressure under control. Some evidence suggests that people who take l-arginine supplements make more nitric oxide.

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Alternative Health

Can Licorice Lead to a Hypertensive Emergency?

A patient who came to the emergency department in a hypertensive emergency with blood pressure of 196/66 had been drinking licorice tea for a few weeks.

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Constipation

Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional Benefits?

The scientific consensus is that if you grind flaxseed, you get more of the fiber, lignans and omega-3 fats that make it a healthful food.

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Cancer

Another Week Another Losartan Recall | Will It Ever End?

After nine months the recall of contaminated generic BP drugs continues. Now it's a losartan recall from Teva. Why hasn't the FDA cleaned up this mess?

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Diabetes

How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Much?

How much time do you spend sitting on average? Chances are it's way too much and it's surprisingly bad for your health. How can you counteract the harm?

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Drug Side Effects

What Is the Story on Grapefruit Juice and Meds?

The story on grapefruit juice and medicines can be confusing. The interaction is fairly long-lasting, but only certain drugs interact with grapefruit.

Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully
Podcasts

Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting Salt?

Cutting salt from our diets has been dogma for many years. Yet there is not very much evidence to support the extreme efforts some people make.

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Alternative Health

The Best Way to Lower Your Blood Pressure with Exercise

Research shows that evening is the most effective time to train to lower your blood pressure with exercise. Regularity of workouts also counts!

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Drug Side Effects

Another ARB Recall Translates into Bad BP Control

Have you lost count of all the blood pressure medicine recalls? Sorry, here is yet another ARB recall. This time it is for losartan from Legacy. Enough!

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Angioedema

Delayed Cough with Lisinopril Can Lead to Misdiagnosis

Most people are alert to drug side effects that arise after a few days or weeks. But what about a delayed cough with lisinopril that takes years to show up?

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Can You Lower Blood Pressure with Nitric Oxide?

Nitric oxide created in the body relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Should you be eating more beets and spinach to boost your levels?

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Drug Side Effects

Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB Recalls!

The ARB recalls have generated surprisingly little outrage from physicians and pharmacists. But a perspective in the NEJM reveals that some docs are upset!