Issue 1: Coffee for Liver Health, New Hypertension Numbers, and more

Very First Issue!

Reading the AMA newsletter is like having a colonoscopy. It's overwhelming and grossly unpleasant. That's why we made a weekly newsletter that you can actually look forward to reading. Everything is deeply researched and designed to leave you more educated and entertained. Read below and enjoy!



Coffee to the Rescue


Good news for you chicken nugget guzzling Pabst Blue Ribbon drinking fast food heavy dieters- recent studies have found that drinking coffee can reduce the incidence of liver disease including NAFLD and liver cancer. One study points out that peeps who drink coffee vs those that don't had a 40% reduction in liver cancer. A group of jittery scientists also looked at studies with a total of 430,000 participants and found that swigging two extra cups of Joe a day had a 44% reduction in cirrhosis.
                    
Wait so I have hypertension now? 

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently dropped a bombshell by changing the definition of hypertension. Now if you're BP is greater than 130/80 you have HTN! A change from the previous definition as greater than 140/90. Per these new guidelines close to half of the US population will have HTN now. In a completely unrelated and tragically ironic event the President of the AHA recently had a heart attack during the actual AHA conference. We hope that he makes a speedy recovery. 
                                              
This Pill Knows if You're Not Taking It

The FDA recently approved an electronic version of Abilify (aripiprazole), used to treat schizophrenia and depression, that contains an imbedded sensor the size of a grain of rice that activates when it comes into contact with stomach acid. When activated the pill will send a series of signals that ultimately will be recorded by a tablet so that doctors can know if their patient is being non compliant. The digital sensor technology, made by Proteus Digital Health, will likely be expanded to other types of medicines that can also treat cirrhosis and heart disease. However for now patients with schizophrenia will continue to complain that they are being electronically watched and monitored. 

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