Millions more Americans now have high blood pressure
New guidelines define high blood pressure as 130/80 or greater, versus the previous guidelines, which considered 140/90 as high blood pressure, The New York Times reports. The criteria from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology means that the number of men under 45 with a diagnosis of high blood pressure will triple; for women, the prevalence will double.
FDA issues warning on herbal supplement kratom
Kratom, an herbal supplement that’s promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers, has been linked to reports of injury, addiction and at least 36 deaths, The Associated Press reports. Made from a plant native to Southeast Asia, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence.
First digital pill to monitor if patient is taking medicine
The medication, a version of the antipsychotic Abilify, is embedded with a sensor that lets others know whether, and when, patients take their medicine, The New York Times reports. Experts estimate that the cost of people not taking medications as prescribed runs about $100 billion a year,
Add weights to keep muscle, lose fat during aging
For those cutting calories to lose weight, it may be better to work out with weights than to do aerobic exercise, The New York Times reports. The study, published in Obesity, found that those training with weights dropped a higher percentage of fat compared with those who walked for exercise.