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Weekly Recap in Health News: November 15, 2013

Here is the recap of this week’s news in health:

L-Arginine improves glucose tolerance in diabetes mellitus A new study in Endocrinology suggests that taking amino acid L-arginine as a dietary supplement may help improve glucose tolerance in patients with diabetes mellitus.

Team-based approaches needed to fight high blood pressure Uncontrolled high blood pressure rates continue to grow despite the availability of proven treatments, but collaborative approaches can be effective in fighting this deadly disease, according to a science advisory from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Men over 60 can cut stroke risk by walking for an hour a day – but don’t power walk Men over 60 can slash their risk of stroke by walking for an hour a day, research has revealed. But strenuous “power walks” were not needed, as how long they spend walking has a bigger impact than how fast they go.

Few newly diagnosed high-cholesterol patients get screened for thyroid dysfunction: Study Despite current guidelines that recommend newly diagnosed high-cholesterol patients have a TSH blood test done to make sure they do not have hypothyroidism, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) have found that only about half of these patients were screened for thyroid dysfunction.

New Cholesterol Drug Guidelines: Q&A New guidelines released Tuesday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology change the standards for who should be taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs.