We need new rules for defining who is sick. Step 1: remove vested interests

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Abstract

Did you know the definition of high blood pressure (hypertension) in the United States was recently greatly expanded? Overnight, tens of millions of people were reclassified, leaving one in every two adults with a diagnosis of hypertension.

The move has been welcomed by some but also widely criticised, amid concerns the expanded definition may bring more harm than good to many people, from unnecessary illness labels and unneeded drugs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2019

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