Ushering Hypertension Into a New Era of Precision Medicine

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“This Viewpoint discusses the potential influence of precision medicine that incorporates epigenetic analysis in effectively treating hypertension.(1)”

  1. Source: Ushering Hypertension Into a New Era of Precision Medicine 
  2. Image License. (2016). Retrieved from https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode

The straight face test of our health care system

17124132409_d7d0b42ebc_z“Health care in America is fracturing right down the middle, and doctors are going to have to figure out if or how long they can straddle the divide between what patients want and what the government and corporate America want them to have. … Up until this point, the momentum has been with the payers, Medicare, and the insurance industry. But the more heavy-handed they become, the more inevitable the public backlash is becoming.”

Striking the Right Balance in Heart Failure

4583830419_9879ba9f38_z“Recent clinical trials found that, compared with an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, angiotensin-receptor blocker and neprilysin inhibitor combination therapy decreased cardiovascular mortality in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. The authors discuss the importance of these findings.”

Medicinal plants—the next generation

RNSH Garden
RNSH Garden

“Presumably, as modern-day hospitals assess the needs of their populations they will identify high prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases linked to nutrition across the lifespan. Thus, community gardens connected to hospitals would seem to represent valuable infrastructure that can benefit t local people. Unlike other interventions that specifically target at-risk individuals or subpopulations, gardens engage whole communities and provide a humane service—access to nutritious foods (1)”

(1) George, Daniel R, Wade Edris, Ryan Hanson, and Falisha Gilman. 2016. “Medicinal Plants—the next Generation.” The Lancet 387 (10015): 220–21. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00052-0.

WHO Commission presents its final report, calling for high-level action to address major health challenge

wp-1453950936783.jpg“Overweight prevalence among children aged under 5 years has risen between 1990 and 2014, from 4.8% to 6.1%, with numbers of affected children rising from 31 million to 41 million during that time. The number of overweight children in lower middle-income countries has more than doubled over that period, from 7.5 million to 15.5 million.

In 2014, almost half (48%) of all overweight and obese children aged under 5 lived in Asia and one-quarter (25%) in Africa. The number of overweight children aged under 5 in Africa has nearly doubled since 1990 (5.4 million to 10.3 million).”

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Prospective Study of Breakfast Eating and Incident Coronary Heart Disease in a Cohort of Male US Health Professionals

wp-1453947976440.jpg“Eating breakfast was associated with significantly lower CHD risk in this cohort of male health professionals.

Source: Prospective Study of Breakfast Eating and Incident Coronary Heart Disease in a Cohort of Male US Health Professionals

China’s ‘daigou’ shoppers leading Australian retail drive

IMG_2113-Edit-2.jpg“First they bought up our baby formula, next it was vitamins, now the millions back home have their eyes on Australia’s fresh food – and they’re sending in their shoppers.”

Source: China’s ‘daigou’ shoppers leading Australian retail drive