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Should you take a statin?

Doctors are now using a new approach to treat cholesterol with statins. This approach relies less on cholesterol numbers (specifically the LDL), and more on cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, diabetes, age, high blood pressure). To determine if a patient needs a statin,...

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New Mammogram Guidelines

The American Cancer Society has issued new recommendations for screening mammograms. These apply only to women who are not high risk (those without history of breast cancer, without genetic mutations associated with breast cancer, and without history of radiation to the chest): Ages...

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HOW LOW SHOULD YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE BE?

In the news, there has been talk of new blood pressure targets. This stems from a large NIH- sponsored study called the SPRINT study, which found that by lowering systolic blood pressure by medication to less than 120 (compared to 140) the...

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Dry Eyes

Many of us suffer from dry eyes, due to aging and frequent computer use. This is due to insufficient tear production as we age, as well as decreased blinking while reading, or looking at a screen. Dry eyes can cause an irritated...

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TO PATIENTS OVER AGE 65: Have you had a Prevnar vaccine?

The Prevnar vaccine is recommended to expand protection against pneumococcal pneumonia, a deadly type of pneumonia. Many people age 65 and older have received the Pneumovax (the 23 valent pneumococcal vaccine, which covers 23 strains of the bacteria); it is now recommended by...

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