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High-sodium diet may predict high blood pressure to come

660_added_salt.jpgAs dietary sodium levels go up over time, so does the risk for high blood pressure, suggests a new study that followed more than 4,000 adults in Japan for four years. 

FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug

The proton pump inhibitor reduces amount of acid in the stomach

Woman Dies of MERS, Another Infected

file-29-mers_12.jpgRIYADH: One of two women infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) died here in Riyadh, while the other patient is being treated at a hospital in Al-Kharj, some 60 km from the capital. Since June 2012, the Ministry of Health has reported 1,056 MERS cases in the Kingdom which included 467 deaths, 582 recoveries and seven patients currently receiving treatment in various hospitals.

New Drug Lowers Levels of Triglycerides: Study

Image result for ISIS 304801 triglyceridesBut it's not yet ready for standard care An experimental drug dramatically lowers blood levels of potentially harmful triglycerides, a new study finds. Triglycerides are a type of blood fat created by the food you eat. At very high levels, they can cause heart problems and pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas.

White Men May Get Better Treatment for AFib

Women and minorities with atrial fibrillation less likely to receive standard of care, study says

Health strategy aims for a doctor, two nurses for every 500 citizens

file-28-Saudi-health-care-sector---.jpgRIYADH: Recent statistics announced by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, which coincided with consensus surveys in the Kingdom for the year 2014, revealed that there is only one doctor for each 800 people, and one nurse for every 285 people. 

Malaria Vaccine Gets 'Green Light'

The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is carried by the female anopheles mosquitoThe world's first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles prior to being approved for use in Africa. The European Medicines Agency gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing its safety and effectiveness.

Drops Show Promise as Nonsurgical Cataract Treatment

Eye drops may offer new approach for research, expert says

How Common is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Really?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed disorder of the gastrointestinal tract in the United States. It accounts for about 30 percent of all referrals to gastroenterologists, and this condition contributes significantly to health care costs. It used to be a diagnosis of exclusion where numerous medical tests needed to be completed with negative results in order to finally make the diagnosis. Over the years, it has been determined that patients with IBS tend to experience specific symptoms, which have been summed up in diagnostic criteria by the gastroenterology community.