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Severely Obese Kids at Higher Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Children who are severely obese, especially boys, have risk factors that increase their odds of getting heart disease and diabetes, new research finds. "As the severity of obesity in kids gets worse, their risks for heart disease and diabetes goes up," said study author Asheley Skinner, an associate professor of pediatrics and health policy management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Children who are the most obese, she said, are twice as likely to have some of the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes as the mildly obese. The fact that the doubling of risk came from a comparison to mildly obese children, not normal-weight kids, is especially concerning, she said. The study is published Oct. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Severe obesity is on the rise among U.S. children and young adults, according to background ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Depression

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FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for depression, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for their apnea may ease their depression, a new study suggests. The Australian study included 293 men and women who were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Nearly 73 percent had depression when the study began. The worse their apnea, the more severe their depression. However, after three months, only 4 percent of the 228 apnea patients who used CPAP for an average of at least five hours a night still had clinically significant symptoms of depression. At the start of the study, 41 patients reported thinking about harming themselves or feeling they would be better off dead. After three months of CPAP therapy, none of them had persistent suicidal thoughts. The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "Effective ... Read more

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Taking Blood Pressure Drugs at Night May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 – In surprising new research, experts report that the timing of taking your blood pressure medicine could have a big impact on whether or not you develop type 2 diabetes. Specifically, the Spanish researchers found that taking blood pressure medications at bedtime rather than waiting until morning may cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half. People with high blood pressure tend to suffer from a phenomenon called "non-dipping," in which their blood pressure does not substantially decrease during sleep as it does in healthy people, the researchers said in background information. In an initial study, the investigators found that "non-dippers" tended to have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared with people whose blood pressure decreased normally during sleep. A follow-up clinical trial by the same research group revealed ... Read more

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Could a Texting App Help Your Heart?

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TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Regular text message reminders can help people with heart disease stick to a healthier lifestyle, Australian researchers report. Patients who received automated text messages throughout their week saw improvements in their "bad" LDL cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight, the study found. The text messages even helped many quit smoking, the researchers added. The clinical trial provides some of the first evidence that simple, low-cost mobile communications programs and apps can help people adopt healthier habits, said study author Clara Chow, an associate professor at the University of Sydney Medical School and acting director of the cardiovascular division at the George Institute for Global Health. "In our fast-paced society, patients are leaving hospitals so quickly now after suffering a heart attack. They are given so much information in hospital, ... Read more

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Hi-Tech Scans Spot Brain Damage in High Blood Pressure Patients

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – Sophisticated scans can spot early signs of brain damage in patients who have high blood pressure, researchers say. This type of brain damage may ultimately undermine the ability to think clearly, make decisions and control emotions, the scientists explained. The finding is based on a small study involving 30 people whose brains were scanned using a highly sensitive imaging technology known as DTI, or diffusion tensor imaging. DTI is an enhanced form of MRI. Among the study participants, half had high blood pressure and half did not. "We already have clear ways to explore the damage high blood pressure can cause to the kidneys, eyes and heart. We wanted to find a way to assess brain damage that could predict the development of dementia associated with vascular diseases," senior study author Daniela Carnevale said in a news release from the American Heart ... Read more

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Health Tip: Controlling Blood Pressure

Posted 16 Sep 2015 by

-- If you've got high blood pressure, you must work with your doctor to help keep it under control. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommends: Eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise and stay at a healthy body weight. Take all of your medications as prescribed. Don't skip pills or let a prescription run out. Follow your doctor's orders for checkups and tests. Learn to check your blood pressure at home. Log your pressure readings in a journal. Read more

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Major Study Calls for Even Tighter Control of High Blood Pressure

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Doctors should control high blood pressure much more aggressively than current guidelines suggest, to best reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in people 50 or older. That's the message behind the potentially game-changing results of a U.S. National Institutes of Health study released Friday. The findings were so striking that federal health officials ended the study more than a year early so they could share the "potentially lifesaving information" with the public. Researchers found that a target systolic pressure of 120 reduced rates of heart attack, heart failure and stroke by almost a third, compared with the currently recommended target pressure of 140 for people under age 60 and 150 for seniors. A blood pressure target of 120 also reduced the risk of death by about one-quarter, the researchers found. Systolic pressure is the top of the two blood ... Read more

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Acupuncture Might Help Ease High Blood Pressure

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – Can acupuncture benefit people with mildly or moderately elevated blood pressure? Perhaps, a small study suggests, but the researchers behind the trial acknowledge that it's too soon to say for sure. The researchers found that blood pressure levels declined slightly in a small group of patients treated 30 minutes a week with "electroacupuncture" – where the needles carry low-level electrical stimulation – at specific points of the body. "Potentially, blood pressure can be kept low with a monthly follow-up treatment," said study co-author Dr. John Longhurst, a cardiologist at the University of California, Irvine. An estimated 70 million U.S. adults – one in three – have high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's believed that only half have their condition under control. High blood pressure can lead to ... Read more

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Blood Pressure May Be Key to Brain Hemorrhage Recurrence

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – People who survive a brain hemorrhage, also known as a bleeding stroke, may be at higher risk for another one if they don't control their blood pressure, a new study warns. "Survivors are at high risk for recurrence and [the findings] support the hypothesis that aggressive blood pressure control may reduce this risk substantially," wrote a team led by Dr. Jonathan Rosand of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The findings are published in the Sept. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. While rarer than "blockage" type strokes that involve a clot, bleeding strokes are "the most devastating and least treatable form of stroke," according to Dr. Stephan Mayer, director of neurocritical care at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Mayer, who was not involved in the new study, said that "we have known for decades that untreated high ... Read more

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Could Lots of Coffee Up Heart Risks for Young Adults With High Blood Pressure?

Posted 31 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 – Bad news for young coffee lovers: Gulping down lots of your favorite pick-me-up might raise your risk of heart attack if you've already got high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Italian investigators looked at 12 years of heart health data for a group of about 1,200 adults ages 18 to 45. This type of study design means the research could only point to an association, not cause and effect. But experts said the findings might be worth bearing in mind. "Although some limitations exist with this type of study, this association – especially in heavier coffee drinkers – cannot be totally discounted," said one U.S. expert, cardiologist Dr. David Friedman. "Patients with known heart disease who are at elevated risk should limit their intake of daily caffeine products," said Friedman, who is chief of heart failure services at North Shore-LIJ's Franklin Hospital in ... Read more

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Naps May Do a Heart Good

Posted 31 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 – Taking a midday nap might be beneficial for your heart, new research suggests. The investigators looked at how an hour-long siesta at noon affected blood pressure among nearly 400 middle-aged people with high blood pressure. The result: those who napped saw their systolic blood pressure reading (the number on top of the standard blood pressure ratio) drop an average of 5 percent over the course of the day, compared with patients who didn't rest. More specifically, the team found that nappers saw their blood pressure readings fall by 4 percent during the day and by 6 percent while sleeping at night. "Although the mean BP [blood pressure] decrease seems low, it has to be mentioned that reductions as small as 2 mmHg in systolic blood pressure can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by up to 10 percent," study author Dr. Manolis Kallistrato, a cardiologist at ... Read more

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Obesity May Be Linked to Greater Risk of Stillbirth

Posted 28 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Obese pregnant women may have a nearly twofold increased risk of stillbirth, a new study says. The leading reasons for that higher risk appear to be high blood pressure and placental disorders, the researchers suggested. "We've known for some time that obese women are more likely to have stillbirths, but this is one of the first and most comprehensive efforts to figure out why," study author Lisa Bodnar, an associate professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said in a university news release. However, because of the study's design, the authors could only show an association between obesity and stillbirth; they couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The researchers reviewed information from more than 650 stillbirths at Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Skip the Salt in Your Child's Lunch

Posted 28 Aug 2015 by

-- The average child consumes too much salt each day, and some children even have high blood pressure. To help avoid these problems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Pack your child's lunch with lower-salt meat, bread, soups and snacks. Include in your child's lunch fresh fruits and veggies, such as carrots, grape tomatoes or snow peas. Let your child help pack lunch, and make the healthiest, lowest-salt choices. Read more

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High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy May Reappear Later in Life: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to face the same health problem later in life, a new study suggests. The researchers also said they found that the brothers and sisters of these women have a higher risk of high blood pressure later in life, and the brothers also may have a higher chance of heart disease. "The increased risk of high blood pressure in siblings suggests that family history contributes to the increased risk of high blood pressure in women during pregnancy," study co-leader Tracey Weissgerber, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. "However, women who had high blood pressure in pregnancy were still more likely to develop high blood pressure later in life than their sisters who had normal blood pressure in pregnancy," she added. The study only uncovered ... Read more

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Oldest Sister at Greater Risk of Obesity, Study Contends

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – Firstborn girls are more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood than their younger sisters, results of a new study suggest. Firstborns had 29 percent greater odds of being overweight and 40 percent greater odds of being obese than sisters born second, the researchers said. In addition, firstborns were also slightly taller. "This is the fourth study we have done to characterize the health risks of firstborn in four different populations," said lead researcher Dr. Wayne Cutfield, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland in New Zealand. "If you look at the health risks of those that are firstborn, you find that firstborns are more insulin resistant than later borns, which is a risk factor for diabetes, and they have higher blood pressure than later borns," he said. However, the new study is an ... Read more

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