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What does your blood pressure reading actually mean?

Note: this article is provided by the Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. But what do your blood pressure numbers actually mean?

Blood pressure is a key indicator of how the heart and other body systems are functioning. Measuring blood pressure properly and regularly is vital to staying healthy.

There are many devices to measure blood pressure. But lots of little factors can affect the reading.

Flu activity is high across the US

Note: this article is provided by Ohio Northern University's HealthWise Pharmacy.
Across the United States, flu activity is high. And it's expected to continue for weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that flu activity remains high in the U.S. The agency estimated that there had so far been at least 26 million flu illnesses, resulting in 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths, this season.

Although the number of hospitalizations was comparable to this point in the season in previous years, the rates among children and young adults were higher.

New medication to treat child's diarrhea

Note: this article is provided by Ohio Northern University's HealthWise Pharmacy.

A medication to treat diarrhea associated with Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is now approved for children.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Dificid (fidaxomicin) to treat children 6 months old and older who have diarrhea associated with C. difficile.

This medication was already approved in tablet form for adults. Now, it can be used in children.

Fidaxomicin is a type of antibiotic. It's available in tablet and suspension formulations. Both of these formulations are approved to be used in children.

Coronavirus vaccine underway

Note: this article is provided by Ohio Northern University's HealthWise Pharmacy.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, at least one company has said it is working on a vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson announced that Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies (a J&J subsidiary) has started to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, the virus behind the outbreak that started in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, last month.

The company said it plans to use the same technologies as other vaccines for Ebola, Zika and RSV.

Electrophysiology lab opens at Mercy Health - St. Rita’s Medical Center

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center has added a new tool to expand the treatment of heart disease with the opening of a new Electrophysiology Lab.

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center was the first area hospital to perform minimally invasive transaortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures in 2018.

With the addition of the new lab – dedicated primarily to electrophysiology (EP) procedures – St. Rita’s team providers have the ability to perform EP procedures five days a week.

Virus outbreak in China: What you need to know

Note: this article is provided by Ohio Northern University's HealthWise Pharmacy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak in China.

A new coronavirus — called the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) — is said to be the cause of this outbreak in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

By the end of January, this outbreak had resulted in more than 2,000 reported infections and more than 50 deaths in China, as well as infections in several other countries, according to the CDC. Several countries were screening people arriving from Wuhan.

As of Feb. 6, there were 12 confirmed cases in the US.

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