Machines measure blood pressure better

By: Beacon
Posted on: November 18, 2011

Doctors are notoriously bad at measuring their patients’ blood pressure. Nurses are better, but many still don’t use the correct method.Even clinicians who do follow the proper procedure often get a reading that’s higher than the person’s usual blood pressure. This is called white-coat hypertension — blood pressure that’s high when a doctor or other... READ MORE

Stay healthy with three immune boosters

By: Emily Sohn
Posted on: November 18, 2011

You already know you need to eat well to stay healthy, but scientists are now zeroing in on specific diet strategies that can help bolster immunity. With cold and flu season right around the corner, here are three to add to your arsenal:1. Fill your Vitamin D tank: You may have fewer health problems — ranging from colds to cancer — if you get enough vitamin D. Your body... READ MORE

Test of Howard County

By: Me
Posted on: November 11, 2011

This is only a test

Newly approved drugs not always better

By: Carla K. Johnson
Posted on: November 01, 2011

Many consumers mistakenly believe new prescription drugs are always safer than those with long track records, and that only extremely effective drugs without major side effects win government approval, according to a new study.A national survey of nearly 3,000 adults finds that about four in 10 wrongly believe the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves only “extremely... READ MORE

Tracking diseases may improve diagnoses

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: November 01, 2011

The doctor doesn’t think your sore throat is bad enough yet to order a strep test — unaware that a dozen people across town were diagnosed with strep throat just last week.Doctors rarely know what bugs are brewing in the neighborhood until their own waiting rooms start to fill. Harvard University researchers report that getting them real-time information on nearby infections... READ MORE

Shop earlier for Medicare plans this year

By: Tom Murphy
Posted on: October 14, 2011

A new deadline for Medicare Advantage plans — privately run versions of the government’s Medicare program — may trip up seniors who typically wait until the holidays to settle on their health insurance coverage for the coming year.Medicare Advantage plans cover more than 11 million people. They offer basic Medicare coverage topped with extras, such as vision or dental... READ MORE