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Groundbreaking blood test detects fibromyalgia

New research finds an accurate way of diagnosing fibromyalgia and differentiating it from other related conditions. Using blood samples and innovative techniques, scientists have detected a "molecular fingerprint" that is unique to the condition. People with fibromyalgia experience pain in many areas of their body. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects 2–8 percent of…

Common blood pressure drug may increase cardiac arrest risk

A preliminary study concludes that a drug that doctors commonly prescribe to treat angina and blood pressure might increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest. A recent study looked at the risk factors behind cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. If a person does not receive treatment,…

New PTSD blood test could aid prevention and treatment

Breakthrough research has yielded a cluster of genetic markers that could form the basis of a blood test for PTSD. A new blood test for PTSD may be in sight. Scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis suggest that their findings could lead to more accurate diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).…

Is high blood pressure always bad?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a risk factor for several health conditions, including cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and other metabolic issues. However, is high blood pressure always a cause for concern? New findings question that assumption. Having high blood pressure may sometimes have a protective effect. Up to 75 million adults in the United States…

Can mouthwash raise your blood pressure?

New research, published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, shows that an antiseptic compound found in mouthwash destroys "friendly" oral bacteria that help maintain normal blood pressure levels. New research finds that mouthwash could destroy 'friendly' oral bacteria, which may have important consequences for a person's cardiovascular health. Scientists know that the…

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