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Antibiotics: Part of the cure or part of the problem?

Studies show that antibiotics are overused, a problem that can lead to antibiotic resistance and unnecessary medication-related side effects. To prevent misuse, it’s important to take antibiotics only when they’re truly needed. Sometimes this means waiting a few days to see if a condition improves on its own before initiating antibiotics. (Locked) More »

Meditation may help lower heart disease risk

Meditation may have a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. The mind-calming practice may improve factors known to worsen heart disease, including stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep quality, and high blood pressure. More »

Resistant to aspirin?

In some people, aspirin’s anti-clotting effects are weaker than expected. Such “aspirin resistance” usually occurs because people do not take the drug correctly. Also, the coating found on some aspirin may limit its absorption. (Locked) More »

Targeting inflammation: A missing link in heart treatments

Chronic inflammation is important to heart health because it plays a pivotal role in the development of atherosclerosis. Now, researchers have found that a monoclonal antibody drug originally developed to treat a rare autoimmune disorder in children can disrupt the inflammatory process in heart patients. The drug, which neutralizes a chemical messenger instrumental to the progression of atherosclerosis, was shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and the need for invasive heart procedures. This discovery opens up a new field of treatment for cardiovascular disease. More »

Beta blocker blues?

Beta blockers such as metoprolol used to be given as first-line drugs for people with high blood pressure. But other blood pressure drugs, such as calcium-channel blockers, may have fewer side effects. (Locked) More »

Weighing the risks and benefits of aspirin therapy

Aspirin therapy is typically prescribed to people who have atherosclerosis of the arteries of the heart or brain, or risk factors for such disease. Just who should take a daily aspirin, how much aspirin, and what type of aspirin are hotly debated issues. As a preventive therapy, aspirin may be prescribed for people who don’t have evidence of cardiovascular disease but do have one or more risk factors, such as high cholesterol or diabetes. However, that is also debated. (Locked) More »

Why do I bruise more easily as I age?

Easy bruising is more common for older men due to less fat tissue and more fragile blood vessels. Common medications like blood thinners, aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also can increase your risk. Men should see their doctor if they experience unusual or frequent bruising. (Locked) More »