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

Posted 7 days ago 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

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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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Study Questions Safety of Chemicals Used in Plastic Consumer Products

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Two supposedly safer chemicals used to replace a known harmful one in plastic and other consumer products pose similar health risks, a new study contends. The compounds di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) – which belong to a class of chemicals known as phthalates – are associated with increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes in children and teens, researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City found. The two chemicals are used during manufacturing to strengthen plastic wrap, soap, cosmetics and containers for processed foods. They are replacements for another chemical – di-2-ethylhexylphlatate (DEHP) – which was previously found to have similar harmful effects on human health, the researchers said. "Our research adds to growing concerns that environmental chemicals might be independent contributors to ... Read more

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Deaths From High Blood Pressure Should Plummet Under 'Obamacare': Study

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – U.S. deaths from blood pressure-related diseases are expected to drop substantially during the coming decades because of improved health coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. Increased treatment of high blood pressure under the health-care legislation, commonly known as "Obamacare," will save the lives of 95,000 to 222,000 non-elderly adults by the year 2050, researchers estimate. That's up to 6,000 people a year who otherwise would die from heart disease. By 2050, there also could be 408,000 fewer cases of heart disease and stroke among the 55 million young and middle-age Americans who have high blood pressure, the researchers found. Those numbers are based solely on patients' increased access to blood pressure medication as a result of the Affordable Care Act, said study lead author Suhui Li. She is an assistant professor of ... Read more

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Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – Worried about links between high daily salt intake, high blood pressure and stroke, half of American adults questioned in a recent poll say they've tried to cut back on sodium. The survey of more than 180,000 people from 26 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., found – perhaps not surprisingly – that people already diagnosed with high blood pressure were more likely to shun the salt shaker. "Excess sodium intake is a major risk factor for hypertension, and subsequently, heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of U.S. deaths, respectively," noted a team of researchers led by Dr. Jing Fang of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under current U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the general population is advised to keep daily salt intake under 2,300 milligrams, or about a teaspoon. For people over 51, blacks and those ... Read more

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Even Slightly Elevated Blood Pressure May Pose Problems for Young Adults

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Young adults with slightly elevated blood pressure may be at risk of heart problems later in life, according to a new study. Researchers cautioned that blood pressure on the high end of what's considered "normal" should be addressed early on to protect heart health for the future. "Our findings provide further support for the importance of good risk factor control early in life," said study lead author Dr. Joao Lima, from the cardiology division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "Many participants were not hypertensive at the beginning of the study; however, chronic exposure to higher blood pressure, even within what is considered the normal range, is associated with cardiac dysfunction 25 years later," Lima said in a news release from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, where the study was published June 22. Researchers followed ... Read more

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Health Tip: Know Your Risk for High Blood Pressure

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by

-- If you're concerned about high blood pressure, it's important to know factors that put you at greater risk. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says high blood pressure risk factors include: Growing older. Of people aged 60 and up, about 65 percent have high blood pressure. Being black. Being overweight or obese. Being young and male. Young men are more likely than women to have high blood pressure before age 45. Eating an unhealthy diet, being sedentary or smoking. Having chronic stress. Having a family history of high blood pressure. Read more

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Rise in Deaths Even When Smog Is Below EPA Standard: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Death rates among people older than 65 appear to be affected by air pollution, even when the air they breathe meets current standards, researchers say. In the study, Harvard researchers looked at Medicare recipients in the New England region. The investigators found that death rates among seniors were linked to levels of a type of air pollution called "fine-particulate matter" – even in places where air pollution levels were below those recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). No evidence exists for a "safe" level of pollution, said senior report author Joel Schwartz, a professor of environmental epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Instead, "we need to focus on ways that lower exposure everywhere all the time," he cautioned. The report was published online June 3 in the journal Environmental Health ... Read more

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Average New Yorker Sits 7 Hours Each Day: Study

Posted 28 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – They may live in the "City That Never Sleeps," but most New Yorkers still sit around a lot – an average of seven hours every day, a new study shows. That estimate may be low, the study authors added, because the data was largely based on what people remembered or admitted to doing. One local health expert expressed concern. "With simply sitting more than three hours a day, there is a decrease [in] life expectancy," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of Women's Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Moving has become a critical issue for the health of New York, and getting up and walking or taking the stairs needs to be a part of the routine." The study, appearing May 28 in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease, was led by Stella Yi of the New York University School of Medicine, with help from the New York City Department of Health and ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Vaccine Shows Promise in Rats

Posted 26 May 2015 by

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

Posted 19 May 2015 by

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

Posted 15 May 2015 by

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

Posted 13 May 2015 by

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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