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Today's Top Medical Stories for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Having the doctor take your blood pressure instead of a nurse could result in higher readings.. and scientists offer new hope for people with urinary tract infections.

A promising new study for people who suffer recurring urinary tract infections.
Researchers in Utah say while antibiotics treat infection, they don't get rid of bacteria hiding in the inner layers of the bladder.
But mice given antibiotics along with an FDA-approved compound called chitosan saw a significant reduction in that hard to reach bacteria.
Doctors say more research is needed.

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds a correlation between some sports and dating abuse among teenagers.
Researchers analyzed data from 16 California high schools... and found teenage boys who played football, basketball, or both were about twice as likely as other boys to have abused their girlfriends.
The authors say it's important for coaches to emphasize aggression is not okay off the playing field.

And British researchers found doctors routinely recorded significantly higher blood pressure levels than nurses taking the blood pressure of the same patients.
Scientists call it the "white coat effect" - and believe it's the patients' physical response to a doctor doing the test.
Researchers warn doctors to be aware of the effect - because the higher reading could lead them to prescribe unnecessary medication.


(Adriana Diaz, CBS News)

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