In another blow against decades of accepted medical wisdom, one of the most prestigious, long-running studies reports that lowering sodium intake doesn’t reduce blood pressure.The study also implies that most Americans are consuming a perfectly healthy amount of salt, the main source of sodium. But those who are salt-sensitive, about 20 to 25 percent of the population, still need to restrict salt intake.Consuming fewer than 2,500 milligrams of sodium daily is actually associated with higher blood pressure, according to the Framingham Offspring Study report, given today. The abstract is available at: j.mp/ebsaltr.The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily, equal to a teaspoon of ordinary iodized table salt. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Hence, lowering salt intake is supposed to lower blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. But the study found … [Read more...] about Higher sodium, lower blood pressure. You read that right.
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A half hour of moderate to vigorous exercise at the start of the day may help lower blood pressure for the remainder of the day among people who are overweight or obese, according to a study published in the journal Hypertension. The study also found that taking frequent breaks from sitting throughout the day enhances the beneficial effect of exercise on blood pressure. But that effect was seen only among women. “For both men and women, the magnitude of reduction in average systolic blood pressure following exercise and breaks in sitting, approached what might be expected from antihypertensive medication in this population to reduce the risk of death from heart disease and stroke,” said Michael Wheeler, the study’s lead author, in a released statement. “This reduction was greater for women,” he added. Wheeler is a doctoral student in physical activity and behavioral epidemiology at the University of Western Australia. The study adds to a substantial … [Read more...] about Morning exercise may lower blood pressure in overweight people, study finds
New telemedicine companies like Hims and Roman have sprung up, offering online prescriptions for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications. That erectile dysfunction can be a sign of other, more worrying health problems, particularly in younger men, is well-established among physicians. One doctor worries about losing the “window of opportunity” to tackle health problems like heart conditions if men are getting care online rather than in a doctor’s office. Roman’s CEO, a Hims medical consultant and others say that online medical platforms can play an important role in getting men help. Most people associate erectile dysfunction with the silver-haired men in Viagra commercials. Yet Zachariah Reitano was just 17 years old when he experienced it for the first time. Confused and frustrated, he knew something was wrong. He was right. It’s well-established among doctors that erectile dysfunction can be the first sign of a more troubling health … [Read more...] about Hot startups like Hims and Roman are marketing Viagra to young men online, but their approach raises 2 big questions
By Melanie Evans WSJ Mon., Feb. 4, 2019 A new venture to supply generic medicines says it will start with a blood-pressure drug that has been hard to get. ProvideGx, the new generic-drug venture, will begin supplying metoprolol in the middle of this month, according to executives at Premier Inc., which unveiled the subsidiary last month. The venture’s supplies of the injectable drug will be made by drugmaker Baxter International Inc Neither Premier nor Baxter would say how much their metoprolol would be priced, saying they don’t want to disclose the price to competitors. The arrangement, which the companies are expected to announce Tuesday, is the latest to emerge with the aim of resolving the shortages and in some cases, ever-increasing prices of off-patent medicines. It is an issue that has been receiving increasing scrutiny from doctors, hospitals and lawmakers. “Our goal is to create [a] healthy market” for generic drugs and thereby … [Read more...] about Blood-Pressure Medicine Will Be First Product for New Generic Drug Venture
By Peter Loftus WSJ Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 Drugmakers have sharply boosted prices of some older, low-cost prescription medicines amid supply shortages and recalls—in some cases, by threefold and more. At least three sellers of a widely used blood-pressure medication, valsartan, have raised prices since a series of safety-related recalls of the drug by other manufacturers began in the summer of 2018. Virtus Pharmaceuticals in May jacked up the U.S. price of a bottle of a muscle relaxant that has been in short supply, methocarbamol, by 1,137% to $105. It was the biggest percentage price increase for a prescription medicine in 2018, according to a new analysis of pricing data. Of the nearly 120 drugs listed by the Food and Drug Administration as currently or recently in shortage, about one-third had price increases after the shortages started, according to a Wall Street Journal review of pricing data provided by RELX Group’s Elsevier health-information unit. … [Read more...] about Drugmakers Raise Prices Amid Shortages, Recalls