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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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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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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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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As Loyal Blood Donors Age, Industry Is Out For Young Blood

Nearly 60 percent of the U.S. blood supply is provided by people older than 40 — and most of that is from folks in their 50s and 60s. Why is it so hard to find young donors?

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Viewpoints: Mohammad Ali’s Experiences Offer Insights About Athletes And Brain Disease; What About That National Opioid Emergency?

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

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State Highlights: Fla. Lawmaker Raised Red Flag About Nursing Homes’ Struggles After Irma; Judge Strikes Down Provisions In Ind. Abortion Law

Media outlets report on news from Florida, Indiana, Connecticut, California, Georgia and Kansas.

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Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals

Some teens and young adults are spending weeks or even months in retrofitted emergency rooms — even in mesh-covered tents — until specialized care can be found. ‘It’s a huge problem,’ one doctor says.

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State Highlights: Nurses At Mass. Hospital Plan One-Day Strike; Calif. Free Health Clinic Draws 1,500 Patients

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Maryland and Virginia.

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