A computerized system that helps astronomers observe objects in space, may soon help opthamologists examine cells in the retina. Scientists at Indiana University are employing a technique called Adaptive Optics. With this system, retinal cells can be checked for disease. Until now, problems in the retina only become obvious after eye damage occurs, such as with glaucoma or macular degeneration. The researchers say with early detection , more can be done to treat patients facing potentially serious vision problems.
Being an early riser takes on new meaning with this blood pressure study. The study, done in Japan, tracked blood pressure for a full-24 hours with elderly patients who experienced a surge of 55 or more on the systolic or top number within two hours of getting up were more likely to suffer from a silent stroke than others who did not have a morning blood pressure surge. The doctors say patients with this morning jump in blood pressure may benefit from Antihypertensive medication.
A poison emergency requires quick response. That's why a free sticker you can stick on your phone could be a life saver if you need to call for help. The council on family health is offering free emergency telephone stickers, featuring the national poison control hotline number as well as space for you doctor and pharmacist numbers. For details on how to order your free stickers (click here).