Loonie gives up some of last week’s gain

first_img The Dow Jones industrial futures were up 12 points at 17,606.0 before markets opened, the S&P 500 futures advanced 1.9 points to 2,075.6 and the Nasdaq futures gained 8.2 points to 4,651.5. On the commodity markets, the December gold contract fell $4.90 to US$1,136.50 an ounce, the December crude contract was down 69 cents at US$45.90 a barrel and the December contract for natural gas was down eight cents at US$2.25. On Friday, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 262.71 points to close at 13,529.17 – its fourth negative showing of the week. Canadian Press Keywords Marketwatch TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorscenter_img Related news The Canadian dollar gave up some of last week’s gains early Monday as U.S. index futures pointed up. The loonie was down 0.18 of a cent at 76.30. The currency gained 0.58 of a U.S. cent last week. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Local Doctors Weigh in on Controversial Hypertension Guidelines

first_img Related Stories Share ??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings New guidelines for hypertension management could lead to fewer taking blood pressure medication.  The guidelines were published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association and are already generating controversy.??:??Before these guidelines, having blood pressure above 140/90 was considered high. But those writing the guidelines say if you’re 60 or older that number can be at least 150/90 before drugs are needed.Morehouse School of Medicine Professor James Reed helped write two previous sets of guidelines and sees no reason for the change.“It disturbs me a great deal, and I would never follow it. I couldn’t find any evidence they had where that was actually any more beneficial or was going to help in any way other than the guidelines that had previously been put out.”Meanwhile, hypertension expert Dr. James Wells has mixed emotions.“If I were a patient over 60 and had no reason not to follow the old guidelines I would prefer to do that because it would decrease my risk, but if I had concurrent kidney disease, or some other condition which made it very difficult to control the pressure, I think this says it’s okay to settle for 150/90.”The new guidelines concern Dr. Michael Frankel. Frankel is director and chief of neurology for Grady’s Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center and professor of neurology at Emory University.“Overall I believe the approach to being more aggressive with blood pressure control over the past decade has had an impact on reducing the risk of stroke, and I believe these guidelines could be a step in the right direction.”Those creating the guidelines say they did not find evidence for additional health benefits in achieving a blood pressure level of 140 instead of 150 in those over 60.Those writing the guidelines were part of a panel convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The Institute endorsed previous guidelines, but in June said it would no longer issue them.Experts say hypertension increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. last_img read more