A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday launched a bipartisan probe into pharmaceutical drug pricing, seeking documents from four drugmakers including Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Turing Pharmaceuticals, two companies embroiled in controversy over price hikes on lifesaving drugs.   The Senate’s Special Committee on Aging also requested information from Retrophin Inc and Rodelis Therapeutics, according to a […]

(Reuters Health) – The U.S. death rate for all causes is continuing to decline, aided by drops in fatalities from leading causes like heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and accidents, new research finds. Between 1969 and 2013, the death rate for all causes declined 43 percent from about 1,279 people for each 100,000 individuals in […]

Eli Lilly and Co’s new Jardiance pill slashed deaths by 32 percent in a study of 7,000 patients with type 2 diabetes at risk of heart attack and stroke, a finding that researchers said could make it a mainstay diabetes treatment. “This is the first diabetes therapy to show robust effect in reducing cardiovascular death. […]

For women with pregnancy-related high blood pressure, the higher risk of hypertension that follows them through life may be due not just to the episode in pregnancy but also to family risk factors, researchers say. Their study looked at 252 women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy, as well as their sisters and brothers […]

People who work at least 55 hours a week are significantly more likely to eventually suffer a stroke than people who work 35 to 40 hours a week, a recent study suggests. Previously, the same research team had linked longer working hours with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but only for those in […]

(Reuters Health) – As dietary sodium levels go up over time, so does the risk for high blood pressure, suggests a new study that followed more than 4,000 adults in Japan for four years. The study did not measure dietary sodium directly, instead using urine samples to estimate levels of sodium consumed, but the results […]

People with high blood pressure who regularly take common painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may increase their risk of developing chronic kidney disease, a study from Taiwan suggests. While some previous research has linked NSAIDs to impaired kidney function, the results have been mixed and often overlooked the effects on people with high […]

Though previous research has suggested high blood pressure may be more dangerous for thinner people, a new study finds the cardiovascular disease risks are similar – and high – for the lean, overweight and the obese. “Some studies done in the past 30 years suggested that for the adverse outcomes associated with hypertension – such […]