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NFL Linemen Keep Growing, Putting Their Health at Risk, Experts Say

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FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers gear up for Sunday's Super Bowl 50 showdown, many may be focused on the potential dangers of concussion, but that's not the only health risk football players face. Concern about the size of players – especially linemen – has been growing along with the players' waistlines. And some researchers are now suggesting that these athletes should be monitored for health problems. Physicians who work with overweight National Football League and college-level football players "should be aware of the potential for elevated blood pressure, diabetes and abnormal cholesterol levels," said Jeffrey Potteiger, co-author of a commentary reviewing the possible risks facing these young men. And the risk is especially high in athletes who pack plenty of fat around the abdomen, he added. Potteiger, a physical education specialist and dean ... Read more

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Daily Bit of Chocolate in Pregnancy May Help Mom, Baby

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Pregnant women who nibble just a small piece of chocolate each day may improve the circulatory health of their unborn child, a new study suggests. The tiny treat may also reduce the risk for preeclampsia, a potentially deadly condition in which a pregnant woman with normal blood pressure suddenly develops dangerously high blood pressure, the researchers said. The findings held up regardless of whether the chocolate consumed contained high or low amounts of so-called flavanols. Some experts believe these compounds – found in certain plant-based food items – may confer a number of health benefits. But the association seen in the study did not prove that eating chocolate during pregnancy caused better circulatory health in pregnant women and their babies. "Our observations suggest that a regular small consumption of dark chocolate – whether or not the level of ... Read more

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'Obese' May Not Always Equal Unhealthy: Study

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Many overweight and obese Americans might be perfectly healthy when it comes to blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels – while many thin folks may not be the picture of good health, a new study contends. Using a government health survey, researchers found that nearly half of overweight U.S. adults were "metabolically healthy." That meant they had no more than one risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease – including high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol or triglyceride levels, elevated blood sugar, or high concentrations of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation in the blood vessels). Among obese adults, 29 percent were deemed healthy – as were 16 percent of those who were severely obese based on body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height). On the other hand, more than 30 percent of normal-weight Americans were ... Read more

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Stress-Prone Teen Males May Be at Risk of High Blood Pressure Later

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MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Young men who get stressed out easily appear to have a greater risk of high blood pressure later in life, a new study suggests. The researchers found that, among 18-year-old men, those who had the lowest stress-resilience scores were 40 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure later than those with the greatest ability to cope with stress. The investigators also found that being overweight was linked with an even greater risk of developing high blood pressure (or "hypertension") in those who had a low threshold for stress. However, it's important to note that the study can only show an association between stress response and later high blood pressure; it cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The research was based on data from more than 1.5 million men conscripted into the Swedish army between 1969 and 1997 at age 18. Their health was followed ... Read more

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines a Danger to Patients: Study

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MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Scientists continue to debate when doctors should prescribe blood pressure medication for older Americans, with a new study saying delayed treatment puts people at greater risk of stroke. For people 60 and older, a U.S. panel in 2014 recommended raising the blood pressure rate at which doctors prescribe treatment from 140 to 150 systolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading. But the new study finds that people with systolic blood pressure of 140 to 149 have a 70 percent increased risk of stroke compared to people with lower blood pressure. "Our study shows the borderline group is probably as risky as having a blood pressure greater than 150, at least for stroke risk," said senior author Dr. Ralph Sacco, chair of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "This was a controversial move, and I ... Read more

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Study: Small Bump in Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Might Harm Baby

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MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Even slightly elevated blood pressure in late pregnancy may increase the risk of having an underweight or stillborn infant, new research suggests. Women with prehypertension – sometimes called borderline high blood pressure – at 36 weeks of pregnancy had about 70 percent greater odds for low birth weight or stillbirth compared to women with normal blood pressure, the new Swedish study found. But even mothers-to-be whose blood pressure rose in late pregnancy without becoming prehypertensive were more likely to have small babies, researchers said. The researchers stressed, however, that their study showed only an association, not a cause-and- effect relationship, between blood pressure and fetal outcomes. Infants with low birth weight are more likely to have health problems than normal-weight babies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

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Computer-Based Test Aims to Predict Dementia Risk

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 – A new computer-based test might be able to predict a person's risk for dementia, just by analyzing the information family doctors gather during routine visits, a new study from Britain suggests. Researchers from University College London have developed an algorithm that uses medical data to predict a five-year risk of dementia, according to a report Jan. 21 in the journal BioMed Central. The algorithm assesses factors like age, sex, social interaction, smoking, body-mass index, alcohol use, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation), aspirin use and depression, the study authors said. "We chose the particular factors as other research has shown in some people that they [risk factors] can be linked to an increased risk of dementia," said Kate Walters, director of the Centre for Ageing and Population Studies at University ... Read more

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Race Not Tied to Threat of Second Stroke, Study Finds

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – Younger black people are three times more likely to have a stroke than their white peers, but they may not be at greater risk for a second stroke, new research suggests. "The interaction between black race and age appears to be remarkably different for the risk of first versus second stroke," said study author George Howard, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "There was very little difference in race for the risk of a second stroke," he said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. The seven-year study involved almost 30,000 people, including close to 3,000 with a history of stroke. Over the course of the study, about 300 of the people who had a previous stroke suffered another one. Meanwhile, just over 800 of the remaining people had their first stroke during the study period. By the age of 45, the black study participants with no ... Read more

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Out-of-Shape Teens May Face High Blood Pressure Later

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Teenagers who are either overweight or have low fitness levels face a heightened risk of developing high blood pressure by middle age, a large new study finds. People who were both heavy and out of shape in their teens showed the biggest risk, researchers reported Jan. 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine. But even thin teens were at risk of future blood pressure problems if their fitness levels were low. And high blood pressure is serious, raising the risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and premature death, the researchers noted. Experts said the findings – based on more than 1.5 million Swedish men followed for 26 years – drive home a few major points. One is that physical activity matters, regardless of your weight. And that goes beyond blood pressure, said Dr. Carl "Chip" Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at Ochsner ... Read more

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Poor Circulation in Brain Linked to Psychosis in Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 5 Jan 2016 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 – Psychosis, including delusions and hallucinations, affects about half of Alzheimer's disease patients. And researchers have set out to clarify the link between these two conditions. Canadian researchers said they found that cerebrovascular disease – a group of conditions that restrict the circulation of blood to the brain – appears to play a significant role in psychosis for those with Alzheimer's. About 19 percent of people with Alzheimer's living in the community (rather than in a nursing home) have delusions. Another 14 percent have hallucinations, the researchers said. Psychotic symptoms among people with Alzheimer's can cause added burdens on loved ones and caregivers. These symptoms can also speed up the progression of Alzheimer's disease, the study authors explained. For the study, the researchers analyzed autopsy data from more than 1,000 people who ... Read more

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Report: DASH Diet Best Overall Eating Plan

Posted 5 Jan 2016 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 – For the sixth year in a row, a panel of health experts has named the heart-healthy DASH diet the best overall eating plan, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best Diets ranking. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was designed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels by limiting fats, red meat and sugar in favor of healthy grains, poultry, low-fat dairy and nuts, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says. "Our rankings put hard numbers on the belief that no one diet is ideal for everybody, but the best food plans overall are sustainable," Angela Haupt, senior health editor at U.S. News & World Report, said in a news release from the media company. Every year, U.S. News & World Report asks experts to rank various diets to help the tens of millions of dieters in the United States and around the globe make informed ... Read more

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Doctor-Patient Emails Can Help the Chronically Ill

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MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 – For people with chronic conditions, the ability to communicate with their doctor via email may improve their health, new research suggests. The study included just over 1,000 patients in northern California diagnosed with conditions such as asthma, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes or high blood pressure. The patients had access to an online portal, which let them review their health records, make appointments, refill prescriptions and send confidential emails to their doctor. A survey found that 56 percent of the patients had sent their doctor an email within the past year, and 46 percent had used email as the primary way to contact their doctor about medical issues. Thirty-two percent of those who exchanged emails with their doctor reported improvements in their health, according to the study published in the December issue of the ... Read more

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Newer Blood Pressure Drugs as Good as Older Ones: Study

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 – Newer blood pressure drugs are as safe and effective as older medications, new research suggests. Scientists at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City said their findings settle a longstanding debate about which of two types blood-pressure lowering medications studied are better. An analysis of 106 randomized trials involving more than 250,000 patients examined the effects of newer angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and older angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Although ACE inhibitors were developed 10 years earlier, both types of drugs showed similar effects in the analysis, challenging previous findings that suggest ACE inhibitors have greater benefits. According to the new analysis, published online Jan. 4 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the only difference between the medications is that ARBs are more easily tolerated. "There has been ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

Posted 1 Jan 2016 by

-- Metabolic syndrome, sometimes called pre-diabetes, is a group of risk factors that increase your risk of heart disease. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says metabolic syndrome includes: Having excess abdominal fat, which increases the circumference of your waist. Having high levels of fatty triglycerides in the blood. Having low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol. Having high blood pressure. Having a high fasting blood sugar. Read more

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Too Often, CPAP Is Only Sleep Apnea Treatment Offered

Posted 31 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2015 – More than half of those diagnosed with sleep apnea fail to stick with the standard treatment for the condition, the CPAP mask, a new study says. And most aren't given additional options or referred to a specialist, even when they can't tolerate the first treatment. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common breathing disorder in which a person frequently stops or slows their breathing during sleep. The standard treatment is continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. A CPAP mask pushes air into the person's airways while they sleep. "The most striking thing about our study is that this is the first study to look at how many patients are using CPAP after a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea," said corresponding author Dr. Alan Kominsky, an assistant professor of surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "The surprising finding was just how few patients were referred to ... Read more

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