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  • Harvard Health Letter: New thinking about beta blockers

    If you have high blood pressure, there may be better alternatives. Beta blockers, which slow the heart rate, are commonly prescribed to people who have had a heart attack and to people with heart failure or an irregular heartbeat. But for people with...
  • Experts recommend personalized blood pressure goal for people with heart disease

    Q: I am 68 years old. Other than chest pain from angina if I over exert myself, I feel fine. My blood pressure has been running around 145/90. Do I need medicine to lower it? A: Your question is very timely. For decades, high blood pressure...
  • World-famous brain scientist to address URI commencement

    A world-renowned neuroscientist considered to be one of the greatest hopes in the search for treatments and cures for Alzheimer's disease is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the University of Rhode Island's commencement ceremonies. Rudolph...
  • Study: Breast cancer overtreatment costs US $4B a year

    Sharpening a medical debate about the costs and benefits of cancer screening, a new report estimates that the U.S. spends $4 billion a year on unnecessary medical costs due to mammograms that generate false alarms, and on treatment of certain breast...
  • Pharmacists try a more personal approach to treatment

    Pharmacists try a more personal approach to treatment
    Jose Alvarez clutches a red drawstring bag as he hobbles into a small office. He leans his crutches against the wall and takes a seat in the corner. His seven pill bottles, of varying heights, create a miniature skyline of orange and white. A heavyset...
  • Online auction to benefit dog-rescue service

    RUFF Rescue of Central Florida, a dog-rescue service based in Minneola, is having an online auction through 9 p.m. April 15. There are more than a dozen categories including fitness, sports memorabilia, wine tastings, photography, dog zone and theme...
  • Fitness Files: Snacks wrapped in expensive promises of health

    My niece held up a crinkly white bag of cookies. "Guess what these cost," she demanded. Prepared for an astronomical amount, I doubled my first guess, "Ten dollars." Her thumb bobbed up, up and she looked at me encouragingly. "Not fifteen!" I...
  • Medicines beat angioplasty of brain arteries to prevent stroke

    Q: My wife recently had a mini-stroke. She's fine now. An MRI showed a narrowed artery inside the brain. Could doctors open the blockage with angioplasty? A: Your wife has the most common reason for strokes and mini-strokes: one or more narrowed arteries...
  • Dr. Paul Dunn, who helped start Montessori school in Oak Park, dies at 95

     Dr. Paul Dunn, who helped start Montessori school in Oak Park, dies at 95
    After reading an article in Jubilee Magazine about a Montessori Method school in Connecticut, Dr. Paul J. Dunn and his wife gathered a group of friends who also had large families on New Year's Eve 1960 to discuss the possibility of starting such a school...
  • How an HIV outbreak hit rural Indiana -- and why we should be paying attention

    How an HIV outbreak hit rural Indiana -- and why we should be paying attention
    Years ago, William Cooke sensed a crisis building. The only doctor in rural Austin, Indiana, noticed that intravenous drug use was soaring in his town of roughly 4,300, where 23 percent of residents live below the poverty line. He feared that people...
  • GNC allowed to sell herbal brand under deal with N.Y. attorney general

    GNC allowed to sell herbal brand under deal with N.Y. attorney general
    Nutritional supplement retailer GNC Holdings Inc. is cleared to sell some of its most popular products, including echinacea, ginseng and St. John’s Wort, under an agreement announced Monday with New York’s attorney general. State...