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Researchers Advocate Lifestyle Approach To High Blood Pressure

A new analysis of current medical opinion about treating hypertension, a leading cause of heart attack and stroke, emphasizes that physicians should first begin with behavioral approaches such as dieting, exercise, and weight loss, rather than automatically resorting to medication.

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Medicare Announces New Ways To Help Low-Income Beneficiaries Get Big Savings Using Medicare Drug Discount Cards

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last Fall new steps to make it even easier for people on Medicare with limited incomes to get large savings on their drug costs, paying as little as $15, by enrolling in Medicare approved drug discount cards plus transitional financial assistance.

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Feeling dizzy? Like your head is spinning? U-M expert offers help for vertigo sufferers

ANN ARBOR, MI -We have all had that dizzy feeling of random head spins once in a while. Maybe you felt it when you suddenly stood up after sitting down for a long time. Or when you were looking up to search for something on a top shelf.

Now, imagine what it would be like to feel that dizzy and off-balance for minutes, hours, days or even years. This kind of serious dizziness, called vertigo, makes life miserable for millions of people each year, and keeps some from driving or working. It starts without warning for no apparent reason, and comes and goes.

Many people with vertigo and related balance problems never get effective treatment, or even a firm diagnosis. They may not even seek a doctor's help.

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State-of-the-Art Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Surgery

Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins that are visible just under the skin. They can be hereditary or brought on during pregnancy. They can be caused by physical trauma or, very rarely, the result of a tumor. Varicose veins can affect men, but are most common in women.

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Stenting With Emboli-Protection Filter as Effective as Traditional Surgery to Clear Blocked Neck Arteries

A minimally invasive procedure to clear plaque-filled neck arteries is as effective as traditional surgery in patients at high risk for open surgery, according to new Cleveland Clinic-led research. The minimally invasive treatment uses a stent in combination with a special filter to catch any emboli, or bits of plaque, that break free during the procedure.\n

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Internet Challenges of Buying Prescription Drugs Online

When it comes to buying prescription drugs online, Canada is dealing with some of the same regulatory challenges that occur in the United States. In May, the Ontario College of Pharmacists announced that it laid charges against The Canadian Drug Store Inc. for operating an illegal Internet pharmacy based in Toronto. The store, which was filling prescriptions written by U.S. doctors for U.S. residents, was charged along with one of its directors with unlawfully operating an unaccredited pharmacy without registered pharmacists.

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Prescription Drugs' Use and Canada

Greg Thompson, Pharm.D, a pharmacy professor at the University of Southern California, agrees. "Getting drugs from Canada under the doctor's orders is different than getting drugs from Mexico on your own," he says. "Regulations in Mexico aren't as strict." But even if you obtain drugs from a place or in a manner that you consider to be safe, according to the FDA, you are almost always obtaining unapproved drugs.\n

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