High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: US guidelines

High blood pressure was redefined Monday by the American Heart Association, which said the disease should be treated sooner, when it reaches 130/80, not the previous limit of 140/90. “High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for…

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Perspectives On Gun Violence: Mass Shootings Are Not ‘Inevitable’; It Is ‘A Mental Health Issue’

In response to the weekend’s mass shooting in a small town in Texas, opinion writers offer their ideas on why gun violence continues to plague the United States.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico–What the Media and Trump Admin Aren’t Reporting

Puerto Rico, a US territory of appx. 3.5 million people, with a vibrant independent culture and rich history, is dying. Gross mismanagement, incompetence, political maneuvering, financial debt, and the absolute devastation wrought by hurricane Maria have left the colony destitute.

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Giving Birth Is Hard Enough. Try It In The Middle Of A Wildfire.

Moms-to-be in labor had to be evacuated from Santa Rosa hospitals in the midst of the California wildfires.

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Congress CHIPs Away At Health Insurance For Kids

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, and Joanne Kenen of Politico discuss Congress’s tardiness in renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and play the parlor game of who might become the new secretary of Health and Human Services. Also, the pod panel interviews Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) about his new Medicare buy-in bill.

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Latest Scandal Too Much For HHS Secretary Tom Price. He’s Out.

Tom Price resigned from running the Department of Health and Human Services after a series of news stories detailing how he tallied more than $400,000 in private plane travel paid for by taxpayers

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Read HHS Secretary Tom Price’s Resignation Letter To President Trump

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Viewpoints: The Last Happy Doctor; The Controversial Notion The Government Should Boost It’s Citizens’ Wellbeing

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

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Looking Forward: Will Republicans Take To Heart This Repeal Experience Or Will ‘Trumpcare Errors’ Resurface In Tax Reform Debate?

Editorial pages highlight these questions and also explore what might be next on the health reform horizon.

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Health News Roundup: California Scrambles To Contain ‘Unprecedented’ Hepatitis A Outbreaks

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.

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