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Cholesterol limits lose their lustre
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Soon after Joseph Francis learned that his levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol sat at twice the norm, he discovered the shortcomings of cholesterol-lowering drugs — and of the clinical advice guiding their use. Francis, the director of clinical analysis …

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Gut Bacteria Help Regulate Blood Pressure
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In a new study, US scientists suggest gut bacteria form part of a complex system that maintains the body's blood pressure. They have discovered a specialized odor-sensing receptor normally present in the nose can also be found in blood vessels …

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Should kids, teens have blood pressure checked?
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What's more, researchers found blood pressure tests may not always be accurate among young people, or consistent from one reading to the next. "At this point, the jury is out. We just don't know if this is worth doing or not," said Dr. Matthew Thompson …

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Drug to Treat Asthma Could Relieve Hives Patients of a Chronic Itch, Study Says
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An asthma drug has shown promise in relieving itchiness for patients with chronic hives who do not get relief from traditional antihistamine treatment. The drug, omalizumab, known by its brand name, Xolair, is a monoclonal antibody approved to treat …

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BPA Raises Risk for Childhood Asthma, Study Finds
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"Asthma prevalence has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, which suggests that some as-yet-undiscovered environmental exposures may be implicated. Our study indicates that one such exposure may be BPA," says lead author Kathleen …

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Primary Care Doctors Can Make the Wrong Call
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According to the new study, published online Feb. 25 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, primary care physicians can make diagnostic errors across a wide range of conditions, many of them common conditions such as urinary tract infections and anemia.

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