40 Million Spent for Drug Lobbying | Blood Pressure Medicines that Protect from Dementia | Heat Related Illness

Pharma Spends 40 Million On Lobbying

Anyone wondering why medication costs are so high might be interested in knowing that drug companies spent forty million dollars in the last three months lobbying Congress about health care. The analysis comes from NPR's Dollar Politics team, Andrea Seabrook and Peter Overby. Meanwhile, our President is trying to tighten the reins on healthcare spending. Read more

Specific Blood Pressure Meds Protect From Dementia

New research shows that some popular blood pressure medications can protect from inflammation, reducing the risk of dementia and memory loss associated with aging. The study from Wake Forest researchers appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The results show that a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors that cross the blood brain barrier, offer protection from dementia. Read more

Understanding Heat Related Illness

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has updated warnings about heat related illness. Hot summers, lack of air conditioning, advanced age, and existing health conditions can lead to fainting, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and cramping from dehydration. Some individuals are at increased risk for heat related illness than are others. Read more