Today’s Top Medical News — May 6, 2016


How modern technology can help blind people and why many women are not getting a popular heart medicine.   

A new study looks at why women are less likely to be prescribed statins than men.    Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found women are less likely to see a cardiologist and are also more likely to report reactions to cholesterol lowering drugs.   

A portable artificial vision device could help blind people in their daily activities.   California researchers found the miniature camera which attaches to any eyeglass can recognize text and read it to users through an earpiece.   The device can also recognize faces and  products.

And weight loss surgery could have another benefit for obese teenage boys.   Researchers in Ohio found the surgery can boost the level of HDL, so-called good cholesterol.    Plans are underway to study the impact on girls.

(Kenneth Craig, CBS News)

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