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New blood pressure guidelines say 130 is high and half of adults have high blood pressure – The Washington Post

Leading heart health experts tightened the guidelines for high blood pressure Monday, a change that will sharply increase the number of U.S. adults considered hypertensive in the hope that they, and their doctors, will address the deadly condition sooner. The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine …

Common blood thinner could lower cancer risk – UPI.com

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 — A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests. Warfarin is an inexpensive blood thinner. It’s typically prescribed for patients whose leg arteries are prone to clots and for patients with the abnormal heartbeat called atrial …

Doctor fights to regain license lost to lax computer skills

NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Holding manila folders filled with pages of her handwritten reports, Dr. Anna Konopka insisted her system for keeping track of her patients’ medical conditions and various prescriptions works fine. But the New Hampshire Board of Medicine disagrees. It is challenging the 84-year-old New London physician’s …

The doctor of the future

In new healthcare systems, ‘the doctor’ is increasingly a team. Can actual physicians adapt? DENVER — When patients go to see Dr. C.T. Lin for a checkup, they don’t see just Dr. Lin. They see Dr. Lin and Becky. Becky Peterson, the medical assistant who works with Lin, sits down …