Blood Pressure: Is Yours Really Okay?

Got your attention? The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association certainly grabbed mine as they recently offered a new definition of high blood pressure (hypertension). The bottom line? Normal blood pressure is under 120/80 (mm Hg, or millimeters of mercury), whereas up until this month, normal was under 140/90. Now, elevated blood…

Breast Cancer Gene Mystery Solved

More than two decades following the discovery that mutations in the BRCA1 (BReast CAncer gene #1) predispose omen to breast cancer, Yale researchers have pinpointed the molecular mechanism that allows these mutations to cause havoc. Soon after the discovery of BRCA, investigators believed that mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 might account for 7% to 8%…

THIS May Double Stomach Cancer Risk

Selected drugs (known as proton pump inhibitors) used to reduce stomach acid may double the risk of the development of stomach cancer. Still, we need more data, and the study showing this relationship conflicts with previously published research. Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs whose main action is a pronounced and long-lasting reduction…