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Optometrists: Eyes signal state of heart

Healthy eyes are often a good indicator of a healthy heart, optometrists say. (For Spectrum Health Beat) When Dr. William White shines a bright light in his patient’s eye, he’s looking for more than just vision problems.He’s searching for clues indicating the effects of high blood pressure, or hypertension, and what he finds could help...

Make room for legumes

Lentils are among the powerhouses of the legume family, high in nutritional value and versatile for the many uses in soups, stews, salads and other concoctions. (For Spectrum health Beat) Lentils are super nutritious legumes that sometimes take a backseat to beans because they’re not always as readily available and aren’t sold precooked in cans...

Diabetic Amputations A ‘Shameful Metric’ Of Inadequate Care

This story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). LOS ANGELES — On his regular rounds at the University of Southern California’s Keck Hospital, Dr. David Armstrong lives a brutal injustice of American health care. Each week, dozens of patients with diabetes come to him with deep wounds, severe infections...

UK product safety marking for no-deal Brexit will not affect healthtech industry

The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) has reassured its members that a UK product safety mark to replace the CE mark in the event of a no-deal Brexit will not apply to medical devices. In the UK, all medical devices are subject to EU legislation, which requires manufacturers to place CE marks on their products...

Don’t Be Fooled by New Egg Warnings

While the consumption of chicken as a source of protein has become popularized in recent decades, eggs have been unfairly vilified, in part because of misconceptions regarding their cholesterol content. For decades, the American public was told that eggs, as a source of cholesterol and saturated fats, promote heart disease. However, in recent years, studies...

California Governor’s Bill-Signing Marathon Offers Glimpse Of 2020 Issues

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Gov. Gavin Newsom wrapped up his bill-signing marathon Sunday, capping the end of a legislative session that will have a big impact on Californians’ health care and coverage. Some of the most high-profile — and contentious — measures of the year were health care-related: Who hasn’t...

Cucumber Melon Mint Smoothie

August is hot where we live. We may be wilting, but the heat-loving plants in the garden love it! This Cucumber Melon Mint Smoothie is the perfect way to use seasonal produce while cooling down. In-season produce is so worth it, both for its incredible flavor and price. If you don’t have a garden, find a...

Walmart To Give Workers Financial Incentives To Use Higher-Quality Doctors

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Worried its employees aren’t getting good enough care from doctors in their insurance networks, Walmart next year will test pointing workers in northwestern Arkansas, central Florida and the Dallas-Fort Worth area toward physicians it has found provide better service. If the employees use these “featured providers,”...

Perspectives: Senate Needs To Pass Bill Calling For Gun Safety Research; Talk All You Want About Regulations But Remember The Second Amendment

Editorial writers focus on gun safety issues and other topics stemming from the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. The New York Times: Why Doesn’t America Know More About Gun Safety?In the wake of yet another spate of mass shootings, America is confronted with many questions. Among them: Will waiting periods on gun purchases...

Males and females react differently to the same pain

It's no secret that men and women are different. Diane Halpern, Ph.D., past president of the American Psychological Association, wrote an academic text, “Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities.” Bruce Goldman, science writer at Stanford,1 reported in the preface to the first edition that:2 “At the time, it seemed clear to me that any between-sex differences...

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