Tag: Health

Nearly half of Americans now have high blood pressure, based on new guidelines

13 NOV 17 18:47 ET By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Tens of millions more Americans now have high blood pressure. Almost half of all Americans — 46% — are now considered to be in the high blood pressure category based on new guidelines released Monday. High blood pressure should be treated at 130/80 rather than 140/90, according to the new parameters set forth by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations. Practicing physicians and the public are “going to be a little bit shocked or taken aback by a diagnosis of Stage 1 hypertension...

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Texas Workforce Commission Awards $92,000 Grant to La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions

La Joya, TX – On September 29, 2016, The La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions received a JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission in the amount of $92,539.00. The grant is open to public community and technical colleges, and to independent school districts, for programs that focus on supporting new, emerging industries or high-demand occupations. For the LJISD Academy of Health Science Professions the grant will help purchase and install medical equipment to provide 214 students in the medical profession with training for nursing assistants. “With this contribution we will be...

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Health Officials Stress Awareness of Zika

RGV (KFXV) — Health officials say we should continue our efforts in preventing the spread of Zika. Local authorities stress the importance of remaining vigilant against the spread of Zika in the Rio Grande Valley as its presence is nearing home – this after the first case of travel-related Zika was confirmed in Cameron County. Hidalgo County has investigated several cases that were of concern– possibly being travel-related – none have been confirmed. The most important thing, according to health authorities is that there are no localized cases of Zika, yet it is closer to home than ever before....

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Organ network mapping a path to fairer liver transplants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s transplant network is taking a long-awaited step to ease a serious disparity: Where you live affects whether you get a timely liver transplant or die waiting. Desperate patients sometimes travel across the country to get on a shorter waiting list – if they can afford it. On Monday, the United Network for Organ Sharing is proposing a change, redrawing the map that governs how donated livers are distributed so patients wouldn’t need to leave home for better odds. “We want to make sure we give everyone a fair opportunity to get a liver transplant,”...

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Drug-Induced Abortions in McAllen Clinic Rise 70%

The number of women opting for drug-induced abortions has increased in Texas according to Whole Women’s Health. This increase impacting one of the last abortion centers in the state here in McAllen. More women are choosing to abort using pills. Officials from Whole Women’s Clinic, say a change from the FDA is the likely cause. Today only 19 abortion clinics remain open around the state, one of them being in McAllen. This after Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 2 in 2013, requiring new and strict regulations in these establishments. According to Whole Women’s Health Corporate Vice President Andrea Ferrigno,...

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