Arm cuff blood pressure measurements may fall short for predicting heart disease risk in some people

New Orleans, Louisiana - A measurement of central blood pressure in people with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure could help reduce risk of heart disease better than traditional arm cuff readings for some patients, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar Statement on Illnesses Associated with E-Cigarettes

Washington, DC - As of August 27, 2019, health departments from 25 states have reported 215 possible cases of pulmonary illnesses from users of e-cigarette products, resulting in one death, and additional reports are under investigation. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement:

CDC, FDA, States Continue to Investigate Severe Pulmonary Disease Among People Who Use E-cigarettes

Washington, DC - 193 potential cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette product use had been reported by 22 states (CA, CT, IL, IN, IA, MN, MI, NC, NJ, NM, NY, PA, TX, UT, WI, and additional states pending verification).  These were reported between June 28th and August 20th of this year.

FDA encourages inclusion of male patients in breast cancer clinical trials

Washington, DC - The draft guidance, Male Breast Cancer: Developing Drugs for Treatment, includes draft recommendations for inclusion of males in breast cancer clinical trials. Historically, males either have not been included in clinical trials for drugs to treat breast cancer or inclusion of males in those trials has been very limited; when finalized, the draft guidance will provide clarity for industry regarding clinical development of drugs to treat breast cancer in male patients.

Insomnia tied to higher risk of heart disease and stroke

Dallas, Texas - People suffering from insomnia may have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.