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Does Consuming Potatoes Increase Blood Pressure?
Potatoes are a staple in diets across the world due to their global availability, ease of production, and affordability. Potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and some vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and potassium. However, potatoes have a high glycemic index and may increase blood pressure and hypertension… [read more].
Is It Time to Update the Algorithm for Diabetes Treatment?
Previous studies have shown that those with diabetes are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease despite the use of cholesterol-lowering agents. Because of this, Valentina Rodriguez from the Division of Endocrinology at the New York University School of Medicine and colleagues reviewed current diabetes treatments and their effects on cardiovascular disease… [read more].
Is Mepolizumab an Effective Treatment for Asthma?
The aim of developing new targeted treatments such as mepolizumab is to improve health-related quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers investigated whether mepolizumab is safer and more effective than triple-inhaled treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease… [read more].
How Do Dietary Carbohydrates Affect Health and Longevity?
Previous experimental animal studies showed that reducing overall calorie intake extends the lifespan of rodents and monkeys. In humans, since the 1970s, there has been a particular focus on reducing fats — especially saturated fats — to promote health and longevity. However, some studies in the last few of decades have questioned this approach… [read more].
Do Organ Transplants Increase the Risk of Skin Cancer?
Organ transplants are sometimes a necessary treatment for organ failures in the liver, kidney, lungs, and heart. Organ transplantation is a high-risk surgery. One of the long-term risks is an increase in the risk of skin cancer. Research so far has been inconclusive regarding the incidence of skin cancer after organ transplants, over time. Although the risk remains high, health care practitioners need to know if the risk has been declining over time, or has remained the same… [read more].