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Obesity May Be Linked to Greater Risk of Stillbirth

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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

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-- 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

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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

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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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No Mental Benefits Seen for Elderly Who Stop Blood Pressure Meds

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MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Discontinuing high blood pressure treatment in seniors with mild memory and thinking problems did not improve their mental functioning, a new study shows. It's known that high blood pressure during middle age is a risk factor for cerebrovascular disease – impaired blood flow in the brain. But the effect of high blood pressure on the brain during old age is less clear, the research team said. In fact, some studies have suggested that lower blood pressure in old age, rather than higher blood pressure, might boost a person's odds for mental decline. So, the new study focused on whether discontinuing high blood pressure medications might make any difference to an older person's thinking and memory. The question is worth asking, one expert said. "Patients frequently question whether medications such as cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering therapy contribute to ... Read more

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9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer's Risk

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THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases worldwide may stem from any of nine conditions that often result from lifestyle choices, a broad research review suggests. Those include obesity (specifically, high body mass index, an indication of obesity, in midlife); carotid artery disease, in which plaque buildup narrows major neck arteries and slows blood supply to the brain; high blood pressure; depression; being frail; being poorly educated; having high levels of a naturally occurring amino acid known as homocysteine; and (specifically among those of Asian descent) being a smoker and/or having either type 2 diabetes. The implication: Taking steps to minimize or eliminate such conditions might reduce the long-term risk for developing Alzheimer's, a brain disorder that affects memory and thinking. It is the most common form of dementia among seniors. "The current ... Read more

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Ob-Gyn Group Advises on Spotting Dangerous Pregnancy Complication

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Preeclampsia – a condition where blood pressure in a pregnant woman can rise to life-threatening levels – is a key complication obstetricians try and predict early in pregnancy. While commercial tests are being marketed for use in the first trimester to predict the risk of early onset preeclampsia, new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) say there's a lack of evidence that the tests offer any benefits, and they may do more harm than good. Instead, ACOG is holding to its position that taking a detailed medical history to assess a woman's risk factors in the first trimester is still the recommended screening approach for early-onset preeclampsia. This approach should remain the only method of screening for preeclampsia until studies can prove that aspirin or other treatments reduce the incidence of preeclampsia ... Read more

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Revamp Abdominal Aneurysm Screening, Save More Men's Lives: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – A change in screening policies could help detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms in older men and save more lives, a new study claims. Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially deadly bulging of the aorta, the body's largest blood vessel. The aorta extends from the heart down to the abdomen, supplying blood there and to the rest of the body. Major risk factors for an aortic aneurysm include smoking, high blood pressure, older age and being male. Currently, men aged 65 and older are screened in the United States and Europe, but the study authors said that a growing number of deaths from abdominal aortic aneurysms occur among people aged 75 and older, and that the number is likely to shift to those over 85 in coming decades. They also noted that most of the ruptured aortic aneurysms among people between the ages of 65 and 75 occur in male smokers. Screening ... Read more

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One or Two Drinks a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk: Study

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TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report. A new study of 136,000 adults found light to moderate drinking was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women and several other cancers in male smokers. Light drinking is defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks daily for men, the researchers added. "Our study reinforces the dietary guidelines that it is important not to go beyond one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men," said lead investigator Yin Cao, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard's T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, the study did not prove that drinking raises cancer risk; it only showed an association. Determining whether to drink and how much should take into account your smoking history, family history of ... Read more

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Could Your Smartphone Help Boost Your Heart Health?

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THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Smartphones could become a high-tech tool to help boost heart health, experts say. The apps and wearable sensors on many cellphones can track exercise, activity and heart rates, and while evidence of their effectiveness in reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited, they could prove useful, a new American Heart Association scientific statement said. Currently, 20 percent of American adults use some type of technology to track their health data. The most popular health apps are associated with exercise, counting steps or tracking your heart rate, the heart association said. The authors of the statement reviewed the small number of published, peer-reviewed studies about the effectiveness of mobile health technologies in managing weight, boosting physical activity, quitting smoking, and controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and ... Read more

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Screen Teens With Depression for Heart Disease, Experts Say

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TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Teens with major depression or bipolar disorder may face a higher risk for heart disease and they need to be followed closely, new recommendations from the American Heart Association state. "Youth with mood disorders are not yet widely recognized as a group at increased risk for excessive and early heart disease. We hope these guidelines will spur action from patients, families and health care providers to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among these youth," Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, a child-adolescent psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the University of Toronto, said in a heart association news release. Goldstein and his colleagues reviewed published studies and found that teens with major depression or bipolar disorder were more likely than other teens to have: high blood pressure; high cholesterol; obesity, especially around the ... Read more

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Exercise Boosts Obese Kids' Heart Health

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – When obese kids get moving, their cardiovascular health quickly improves even if they don't lose weight, a new review finds. Australian researchers looked at six studies on the effects of exercise for obese children and teenagers. On average, the studies found no impact on kids' weight in the short term – six to 12 weeks. There was, however, a clear benefit seen when it came to kids' fitness levels and blood vessel function. That's important because cardiovascular health in childhood often "tracks" into adulthood, said senior researcher Jeff Coombes, a professor in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane. Past studies, he said, have shown that obese children often become obese adults, when they'll face heightened risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But boosting kids' fitness levels and blood vessel function may ... Read more

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Including Pharmacist on Medical Team May Aid Blood Pressure Control

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – Pharmacists can play an important role in helping patients control high blood pressure, a new study finds. Researchers followed 625 racially and ethnically diverse Americans with uncontrolled high blood pressure who were seen at 32 medical offices in 15 states. The patients were either cared for by a doctor only, or by a medical team that included a pharmacist. "Clinical pharmacists were able to contribute to the care team by tailoring blood pressure medications for each patient and spent extra time educating patients on how to decrease their blood pressure," study corresponding author Tyler Gums, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release. High blood pressure increases the likelihood of heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death for Americans, the study authors noted. The ... Read more

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Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern. Researchers called the findings striking. "The declines were steady throughout the study period," said lead researcher Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. "The trends are actually pretty jaw-dropping." For a public used to hearing how broken the U.S. health care system is, the findings might come as a surprise, Krumholz acknowledged. "As researchers," he said, "we often focus on finding deficiencies in health care, so we can work on them. And ... Read more

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Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say. The large study of people taking blood pressure medication found that variations of more than 14 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure readings between doctor visits was linked to a 25 percent increased risk of heart failure. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading. "Patients should have their blood pressure controlled," said lead researcher Paul Muntner, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Alabama School of Public Health at Birmingham. "They should be aware that their blood pressure changes, and if there is a lot of variation, they might want to talk with their doctor about why it's changing." These variations may be a sign of increasing damage to the arteries, particularly stiffening, Muntner said. About one in ... Read more

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