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  • New drugs make treating hepatitis C faster and easier

    New drugs make treating hepatitis C faster and easier

    In a minority of men, unchecked hepatitis C infection leads to liver damage or cancer. These drugs can quash the virus. If you were born between 1945 and 1965, health experts now recommend that you be tested for infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Statistically, baby boomers are more likely than other adults to […]

  • Measuring blood pressure at home: Keep it simple

    Measuring blood pressure at home: Keep it simple

    AUTOMATIC BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR When monitoring blood pressure at home,take multiple measurements of both the upper (systolic) and lower (diastolic) pressure and average them separately. Images: Thinkstock Taking twice-daily measurements for a few days will tell you what you need to know for optimal blood pressure control. Keeping your blood pressure in check is key […]

  • The risks of testing for hidden disease

    The risks of testing for hidden disease

    “Just in case” health screening tests can have downsides you may not be aware of. Have you ever received an offer in the mail to undergo a discount package of “potentially lifesaving” health screening tests? Such for-profit services are typically provided at local clinics and community centers; some companies have their own fleets of mobile […]

  • Ask the doctor: What blood tests require fasting?

    Ask the doctor: What blood tests require fasting?

    Q. Sometimes my doctor tells me it’s okay to eat before a blood test, and sometimes it isn’t. Why is that? A. Actually, fasting affects the results of very few blood tests. For example, measurements of kidney, liver, and thyroid function, as well as blood counts, are not influenced by fasting. However, fasting is required […]

  • Test may diagnose prostate cancer more accurately

    Test may diagnose prostate cancer more accurately

    A study in the December 2015 issue of The Lancet Oncology found that a new test, called STHLM3, is more helpful at detecting aggressive cancer than traditional tests for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). The STHLM3 test is a blood test that analyzes a combination of six protein markers, more than 200 genetic markers, and various clinical […]