Dallas, Texas - Magnesium, an essential element in the human body, may modestly lower blood pressure, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Atlanta, Georgia - Public health groups and advocates are celebrating a landmark victory as Fairfield Community Health Center (FCHC) in Lancaster and Baltimore, OH, has become the 1,000th organization to sign the 80% by 2018 pledge. The 80% by 2018 campaign is a nationwide screening effort launched by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT, an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC) in 2014 with the goal of getting 80% of adults aged 50 and older screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday approved the first intraocular lens (IOL) that provides cataract patients with an extended depth-of-focus, which helps improve their sharpness of vision (visual acuity) at near, intermediate and far distances.

Chicago, Illinois - The American Medical Association (AMA) expressed support for congressional passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor in patients who have not responded to medication. ExAblate Neuro uses magnetic resonance (MR) images taken during the procedure to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy brain tissue in a tiny area thought to be responsible for causing tremors.