The New York Times – Why new blood pressure guidelines could lead to harm

High blood pressure, in general, is not something we should ignore. It’s a major risk factor for heart disease, second perhaps only to smoking, and people with hypertension often need to make changes to reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke. But, as is so often the case with medical news, matters are more complicated than the headlines or TV summaries.

Popular Science – Cell phones aren’t a public health risk, no matter what California says

The California Department of Public Health recently released guidelines for decreasing one’s exposure to cell phone radiation. This seems, at first, like a reasonable thing to offer. But the problem with a government body issuing guidelines on how to avoid something is that it implies the thing should be avoided. And there’s no evidence that cell phones are dangerous to your health. Period.

NPR – Fight the opioid epidemic, all agree. But strategies vary widely

While many states have syringe exchanges, only some have laws that explicitly permit syringe exchanges — and Arizona isn’t one of them. Shot in the Dark operates quietly, without public funding. The group sets up in different corners of the Phoenix metro area for a few hours at a time, Patterson says, and struggles to keep up with demand.

The Washington Post – FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugs

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a tougher enforcement policy toward homeopathic drugs, saying it would target products posing the greatest safety risks, including those containing potentially harmful ingredients or being marketed for cancer, heart disease and opioid and alcohol addictions.

CNN – Allergic to eggs? You can now get the flu shot, new guidelines say

A paper published Tuesday in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found the flu shot to be safe and recommended its use for people who are allergic to eggs.