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February 11, 2015 11:15 AM Antihypertensives cut deaths in 'healthy' diabetes patients

GPs should consider prescribing antihypertensives to patients with type 2 diabetes even if their BP is within guidelines, a study recommends. The meta-analysis found that lowering BP in people with diabetes reduced their chances of death, heart disease, stroke and diabetes-related vision loss. NICE recommends that GPs should aim for a BP below 140/90 mmHg in people 55

February 11, 2015 11:00 AM 'Smart insulin' shows promise in mice with type 1 diabetes

Now, a new study by Danny Chou, an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, and colleagues suggests this burden could one day be considerably lighter for people with type 1 diabetes. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they developed and tested 45

February 11, 2015 7:18 AM BEER vs BREW – Was that a beer commercial or a political attack ad?

By now, pretty much everyone knows about the “brewed the hard way” ad that Budweiser ran during the Super Bowl. The blatant, openhanded slap in the face of craft beer did not go unnoticed by beer aficionados and even earned attention from the mainstream media, which must make Budweiser’s advertising department dizzy with delight. But was the multimillion 34

February 11, 2015 6:07 AM Shifting goal posts on employment may signal slower Fed rate hikes

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve officials are debating a historic shift in one of its core economic gauges that could lead the central bank to move even slower than now thought once it lifts its rates from rock bottom levels. According to interviews with half a dozen current and former Fed policymakers and staff, the concept that the economy 35

February 11, 2015 12:59 AM News Guide: Dietary Guidelines Evolve, Stay the Same

Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt? An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis on eating 37

February 10, 2015 10:35 PM News guide: Dietary guidelines evolve, stay the same

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt? An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis 47

February 10, 2015 10:35 PM News guide: Dietary guidelines may contain some new advice, but key recommendations stay same

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt? An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis 44

February 10, 2015 9:55 PM Stroke Rounds: Lower Is Better for BP in Diabetes?

Each 10-mmHg reduced mortality, stroke, and other risks in a large trial meta-analysis. Lower blood pressures achieved across 40 randomized trials in type 2 diabetes dropped risks significantly in a meta-analysis supporting lower targets. A 10-mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure was associated with a significantly lower risk of all-cause mortality 42

February 10, 2015 8:20 PM Certain diabetics more likely to benefit from blood pressure meds

But to the researchers’ surprise, diabetics with only slightly high blood pressure - higher than the healthy range but not quite in the hypertension range - didn’t get as much benefit from treatment. “Everything else being equal,” the patients with type 2 diabetes most likely to benefit from blood pressure lowering are those whose blood pressure is higher 47

February 10, 2015 7:00 PM Ebola Drug Shows Promise in Monkey Trial

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An investigational drug designed to stop Ebola in its tracks has shown early promise in a study involving rhesus monkeys, researchers say. The drug in question, for now dubbed AVI-7537, appeared to safely protect 75 percent of treated monkeys from Ebola after exposure to the virus. However, it has not been tested 46