Does hypertension pose a health risk to older adults who wish to donate a kidney?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain In an analysis of clinical information on older living kidney donors, hypertension was linked with a higher risk of developing kidney failure. The study, which is published in an upcoming issue of CJASN, provides new information that may help inform discussions with older individuals when they consider donating a kidney. Receiving … Continue reading Does hypertension pose a health risk to older adults who wish to donate a kidney?

Maine legalizes assisted suicide

(HealthDay)—Maine has become the eighth state to legalize medically assisted suicide. “It is my hope that this law, while respecting the right to personal liberty, will be used sparingly,” Gov. Janet Mills, told the Associated Press. Under the law, doctors can prescribe a lethal dose of a drug to terminally ill patients, and it will … Continue reading Maine legalizes assisted suicide

Twins study links type 2 diabetes in midlife with stroke and brain artery narrowing in late life

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study shows that type 2 diabetes in midlife is associated with a 30% increased risk of a serious blockage of the brain arteries, often leading to stroke, and a doubling of the risk of narrowing of the brain’s arteries in people over 60 years. The research is based on … Continue reading Twins study links type 2 diabetes in midlife with stroke and brain artery narrowing in late life

Should measles vaccination be compulsory?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As measles cases in Europe hit their highest levels this decade, should the UK adopt compulsory vaccination? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. “We need to increase uptake of this vaccine, as we run the risk of measles becoming endemic,” argues Eleanor Draeger, sexual health doctor and medical writer. … Continue reading Should measles vaccination be compulsory?

Childhood respiratory disorders may be diagnosed with a smartphone

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Automated cough analysis technology incorporated in a smartphone app could help to diagnose childhood respiratory disorders, according to a study published in the open access journal Respiratory Research. Researchers at Curtin University and The University of Queensland, Australia, showed that a smartphone app had high accuracy (between 81% and 97%) in … Continue reading Childhood respiratory disorders may be diagnosed with a smartphone