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Blood Pressure Vaccine Shows Promise in Rats

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TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – Remembering to take your high blood pressure pills every day can be a burden, especially if you're juggling a list of other prescriptions. So what if, instead, you could receive a vaccination that would lower your blood pressure for months on end? Such a vaccine has proven effective in controlling high blood pressure in lab rats for up to six months, according to new research published May 26 in the journal Hypertension. The experimental DNA vaccine creates antibodies that target angiotensin II, a hormone that raises blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict, said co-author Dr. Hironori Nakagami, a professor at Osaka University in Japan. In that regard, the vaccine is similar to common ACE inhibitor blood pressure medications, which work by helping blood vessels relax and open up, the researchers said. Nakagami said the vaccine could benefit people ... Read more

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One-Third of Americans Have Dangerous Mix of Heart Risk Factors

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TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – More than one-third of U.S. adults have a combination of health problems collectively known as metabolic syndrome that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research. What's worse, the researchers found the rate of metabolic syndrome increases dramatically with age. Almost half of people 60 or older in the United States have metabolic syndrome, the study found. "That's concerning, because we know the population of the U.S. is aging," said senior author Dr. Robert Wong, an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco. "I think it will potentially place a huge burden on our health care system." Metabolic syndrome is a "perfect storm" of conditions that include high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, increased levels of blood sugar, and a wider waist circumference, Wong said. Medical experts are ... Read more

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Too Much, Too Little Sleep May Up Stroke Risk for Those With High Blood Pressure

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FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 – People with high blood pressure who sleep less than five hours or more than eight hours each night may have significantly higher odds of a stroke, new research suggests. Analyzing data from more than 200,000 U.S. residents with high blood pressure, scientists determined that "insufficient" sleepers logging less than five hours of shuteye each night had an 83 percent increased risk of stroke compared to "healthy" sleepers who got seven to eight hours of sleep. "Long" sleepers reporting more than eight hours of nightly sleep experienced a 74 percent higher stroke risk than healthy sleepers, according to the study. "We were surprised, especially with the individuals reporting insufficient sleep, because most studies . . . have shown [only] a modest increase in the chances of suffering a stroke among those with short sleep duration," said study author Dr. Oluwaseun ... Read more

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Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health

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WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Testing hand-grip strength could be a cheap and simple way of identifying people at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and premature death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 140,000 adults who underwent grip-strength tests. The participants were aged 35 to 70, and they were from 17 countries. Their health was followed for an average of four years. Every 11-pound decrease in grip strength was associated with a 16 percent increased risk of death from any cause, the investigators found. Each decrease was also tied to a 17 percent raised risk of heart-related death or death from non-heart causes. And, every 11-pound drop in grip strength was also associated with a 9 percent increased risk of stroke and a 7 percent higher risk of heart attack, the findings showed. Although this study found an association between grip strength and the risk ... Read more

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Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling: CDC

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – A new study finds mixed results for the health of America's aging "Baby Boom" generation, with nearly half of people ages 55 to 64 taking a prescription heart drug and about 1 in 5 dealing with diabetes. However, the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also finds that the overall death rate in this age group has gone down over the past decade. The report shows that the "prevalence of diabetes and obesity among Baby Boomers remains remarkably high and is a public health concern," said Dr. Ronald Tamler, who directs the Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute in New York City. But he said the new findings also show that "interventions focusing on heart health are beginning to pay off." The new data comes from an annual report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, looking at 2014 statistics on the health of all ... Read more

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How to Lower Your Stroke Risk

Posted 1 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – There are a number of ways you can reduce your risk of stroke, a neurologist says. "Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of disability," Dr. Jose Biller, chair of Illinois-based Loyola University's department of neurology, said in a university news release. "Stroke can happen to anyone at any age." Stroke risk is increased by lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, as well as certain heart conditions and mini-strokes (called "transient ischemic attacks"). When a stroke occurs, brain cells begin to die. That means it's critically important to be able to recognize the signs of stroke and call 911 immediately. "Time is brain. Prompt treatment potentially can reduce stroke damage significantly," Biller said. A system called FAST can help you recognize stroke ... Read more

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Study Challenges Salt Guidelines for Kids

Posted 27 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 – U.S. health officials warned last year that nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. But a new study finds that consuming higher-than-recommended amounts of salt appears to have no ill effect on teenage girls' blood pressure. The study, which followed more than 2,000 girls from ages 9 and 10 into early adulthood, also indicates that potassium-rich diets help lower blood pressure. The study findings – considered potentially dangerous by at least one outside expert – contradict current salt guidelines, said study lead author Lynn Moore, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. "The current official Dietary Guidelines for Americans say that salt intake after the age of 2 years should be limited to no more than 2,300 milligrams per day," ... Read more

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Childhood Abuse, Neglect Linked to High Blood Pressure in Adulthood

Posted 24 Apr 2015 by

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 – Children who suffer abuse or neglect are at increased risk for high blood pressure when they're adults, new research suggests. The study included nearly 400 white and black students in the Richmond County public school system in Georgia whose blood pressure was measured an average of 13 times over 23 years, until they reached a median age of 30. When the participants were 18, they were asked if they had experienced what the researchers called "adverse" childhood events, which include emotional, physical or sexual abuse, emotional or physical neglect, or substance abuse or domestic violence at home. About 70 percent of the participants reported at least one such event and 18 percent reported more than three. While the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, the more adverse events reported by participants, the higher their blood pressure was as young adults. For ... Read more

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Heart Groups Issue Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines

Posted 31 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 – Three leading groups of heart experts have issued updated guidelines that set blood pressure goals for people with heart disease. Specifically, the guidelines reinforce a target blood pressure of less than 140/90 mm Hg for those at risk for heart attack and stroke. The guidelines also set a goal of 130/80 mm Hg for those with heart disease who have already had a heart attack, stroke or a ministroke, or who have had a narrowing of their leg arteries or an abdominal aortic aneurysm. However, the new guidelines are intended to be more flexible than ones crafted in 2007, said Dr. Clive Rosendorff, chairman of the committee that wrote the updated guidelines. Ultimately, the blood pressure goal any individual patient tries to achieve should be left to the discretion of the doctor and the patient. For example, the lower goal may not be appropriate for older, frail ... Read more

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U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC

Posted 26 Mar 2015 by

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 – The overall death rate from high blood pressure in the United States has increased 23 percent since 2000, even as the death rate from all other causes has dropped 21 percent, health officials reported Thursday. That spike was seen in both genders and was most marked among those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The age-adjusted deaths from high blood pressure went up, while the other causes of death went down," said report author Hsiang-Ching Kung, a statistician with CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. From 2000 through 2013, the death rate from high blood pressure rose just over 58 percent for men aged 45 to 64 and increased almost 37 percent for women aged 45 to 64. Those aged 85 and older were also not spared, with men seeing a 27.5 percent increase in the death ... Read more

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Vitamin D Won't Help Fight High Blood Pressure, Researchers Say

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – Vitamin D may help the body in many ways, but a new data review suggests it won't do much to lower high blood pressure. Vitamin D is nicknamed the "sunshine vitamin," because the body produces the nutrient when skin is exposed to sunlight. People can also get vitamin D through such foods as eggs, milk, yogurt, tuna, salmon, cereal and orange juice. In the new study, a team led by Dr. Miles Witham of the University of Dundee in Scotland reviewed data from 46 clinical trials involving more than 4,500 participants. The researchers also looked at 27 other studies involving almost 3,100 participants. Reporting March 16 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Witham's group found no sign that boosting vitamin D levels had any effect on either the upper or lower numbers in a blood pressure reading. "The results of this analysis do not support the use of vitamin D as an ... Read more

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Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure

Posted 15 Mar 2015 by

SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 – Folic acid – the same nutrient women take in pregnancy to help ward off birth defects – may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new Chinese study finds. The findings are intriguing, one U.S. heart health expert said. "If all that is required to prevent the greatest health threat worldwide is a vitamin, then we need to consider checking patients' blood levels of folic acid and supplementing if needed," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The new study was led by Dr. Yong Huo of Peking University First Hospital in Beijing. Huo's team tracked outcomes for more than 20,000 adults in China with high blood pressure who had not suffered a heart attack or stroke. Participants were randomly assigned to take a daily pill with folic acid and the high blood pressure drug enalapril ... Read more

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Physically Tough Jobs May Harm a Man's Fertility: Study

Posted 9 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 9, 2015 – Hard physical work, high blood pressure and taking multiple medications are among the factors that may lower sperm quality and make men less fertile, new research finds. "Nearly 15 percent of American couples do not get pregnant within their first year of trying," and male infertility plays a major role, study senior author Germaine Buck Louis, director of the division of intramural population health research at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said in an agency news release. Her team looked at 456 men in Texas and Michigan, average age 32, who were in committed relationships and had stopped using contraception. Most of the men (77 percent) were white and more than half had never made a woman pregnant. Semen analysis revealed that 13 percent of the men who had physically demanding jobs had low sperm counts, compared to 6 percent ... Read more

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Fit Body at 40 May Keep Brain Bright at 60

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – People who are fit in their 40s seem to retain more brain volume two decades later and also perform better on decision-making tests, new research suggests. The analysis of more than 1,200 participants who were tracked for more than 20 years showed that those with lower fitness levels at midlife had smaller brain volumes in their 60s – a sign of accelerated brain aging. "I think many people will be surprised to learn that their fitness levels at midlife may impact brain health as they move into older adulthood," said study author Nicole Spartano, a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University School of Medicine. "We were not surprised by these findings because there is growing evidence that many behaviors and risk factors in middle age may have consequences to brain health in later life." Spartano was scheduled to present her research March 4 at an American Heart ... Read more

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Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks?

Posted 3 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 2, 2015 – Acetaminophen may not be as safe as previously thought, with larger doses and long-term use linked to increased risk of health problems, a new report contends. Best known in the United States under the brand name Tylenol, acetaminophen is the most widely used painkiller in the world, the study authors said in background notes. It is the World Health Organization's front-line treatment for pain, and is considered safer than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen, the researchers said. But a small group of studies has raised questions about acetaminophen's safety if used for a long time and at high doses to treat chronic pain, said lead author Dr. Philip Conaghan, a professor with the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine in England. Heavy use of acetaminophen is associated with kidney disease and bleeding ... Read more

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