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FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods

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FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Americans eat way too much salt, and one reason why is that processed and prepared foods have a lot of hidden salt, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. But proposed new guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants – first announced early in June – may change that. The FDA is asking food makers and eating establishments to voluntarily reduce salt levels in their products to help reduce Americans' high salt intake. The draft guidelines target these sources of salt with the goal of reducing Americans' average daily salt intake from 3,400 milligrams (mg) a day to 2,300 mg a day. "It's no easy task for consumers to consume the recommended amount of sodium in their diets," Susan Mayne, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in an agency news release. "We want to help reduce the amount of sodium across the entire food supply ... Read more

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College Linemen Larger Than Ever, Study Finds

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MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Offensive linemen who play college football – even at small Division III schools – are getting bigger than ever, a new study shows. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston found these players were 38 percent heavier than their counterparts were in 1956. Meanwhile, the average male's weight increased only 12 percent during the same period. "Through selective recruiting, weight training and nutrition ['hyper-nutrition'], we end up with a population of large linemen," said senior study author Dr. David Greenblatt, professor of integrative physiology and pathobiology. "The public health issue is that everybody involved with American football needs to develop concerted ways to assure the health of players when their football days are over," he said in a Tufts news release. "The results of our study emphasize the importance of helping these ... Read more

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9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds

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FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important. "The study confirms that hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor in all regions, and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally," said study co-leader Dr. Martin O'Donnell. He is an associate clinical professor in the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and the HRB-Clinical Research Facility in Galway, Ireland. Preventing strokes is a major public health priority and strategies for reducing people's risk should be based on key preventable causes of stroke, the ... Read more

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Rising Blood Sugar Hitting More Obese Adults

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WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Among obese American adults, control of blood sugar is worsening, leading to more diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds. While blood pressure and cholesterol levels stayed relatively stable among obese adults, poor control of blood sugar led to a 37 percent increase in heart disease risk factors between 1988 and 2014, the researchers reported. "Obese adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors may need more intense approaches – healthy diet, increased physical activity – to control blood sugar and achieve weight loss," said lead researcher Dr. Fangjian Guo. He is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas in Galveston. After climbing over several decades, U.S. obesity rates have leveled off. Still, about 35 percent of American adults are obese, according to background notes with the study. Obesity hinders the ... Read more

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Dietary Mineral Could Be One Key to Blood Pressure Control

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TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 – Sufficient dietary levels of the mineral nutrient magnesium might be a boon to good blood pressure, new research suggests. "Magnesium dilates arteries, and in doing so lowers the blood pressure," explained Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist who reviewed the new findings. "Foods high in magnesium include whole grains, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables," she added. The new study was led by Dr. Yiqing Song, associate professor of epidemiology at Indiana University's School of Public Health. According to the researchers, past studies that focused on the role of magnesium in regulating blood pressure have been relatively small, and produced mixed and controversial results. To help sort the data out, Song's group pooled the data from 34 clinical trials on magnesium supplements, which together involved more than 2,000 people. The daily dosage of magnesium ... Read more

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Heat Waves Are Health Threats

Posted 3 Jul 2016 by

SATURDAY, July 2, 2016 – Heat waves are more than uncomfortable, they can be deadly. That's especially true in large cities. And, seniors, children and people with chronic health problems are at higher risk for heat-related illness and death, according to Dr. Robert Glatter. He's an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, as well as those who suffer with mental illness, may be at risk for heat-related emergencies, including heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion, as well as heat stroke," he said in a hospital news release. "Various classes of medications including beta blockers, as well as diuretics, can impair sweating – ultimately disrupting the body's ability to cool itself. Other medications including antihistamines, as well as antidepressants and sedatives, may also ... Read more

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Progress Against Heart Deaths Starting to Wane, Report Warns

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – America's war on heart disease and stroke may have suffered a setback. A new study warns that the rate of decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke has stalled. "It is likely that the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes, which began around 1985, are the major contributors to the deceleration in the decline of cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke death rates," said lead researcher Dr. Stephen Sidney. He is director of research clinics at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, in Oakland. "If these trends continue, important public health goals, such as those set by the American Heart Association to reduce cardiovascular and stroke mortality by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, may not be reached," he added. The researchers found the annual death rate dropped nearly 4 percent for heart disease and nearly 5 percent for stroke from 2000 to 2011. ... Read more

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Many Male Docs May Overlook Female Heart Risks: Study

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Many male primary care doctors regard heart disease as a man's issue and don't assess risk in female patients, a new French study finds. Many of these physicians "will be surprised by our findings, and I hope this will help them ensure they assess [heart] risk equally in their male and female patients," said lead author Dr. Raphaelle Delpech. She's a primary care physician at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. Delpech's team looked at more than 2,200 patients seen by 52 primary care physicians. Information on heart disease risk factors such as smoking, blood sugar and cholesterol were recorded less often in the medical files of female patients than males, the study found. This lack of information makes it more difficult to assess heart disease risk, according to the study published June 21 in the European Journal of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get Checked for High Blood Pressure

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by

-- High blood pressure is quite common, but is often undiagnosed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains: High blood pressure isn't just a problem for seniors. It's also becoming more common in young people. Since the condition rarely causes symptoms, you may have high blood pressure even if you feel fine. Minority women are at greatest risk of developing high blood pressure and its complications. High blood pressure raises a person's risk of stroke and heart attack. Some research shows high blood pressure can raise the risk of dementia later in life. Read more

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Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health

Posted 21 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 – Years of working long hours may help you climb the career ladder, but those hours may take a steep toll on your health – and that's especially true for women, new research says. "People who habitually put in a lot of long hours for many years, even decades, are really running an increased risk of potentially seeing chronic disease later in life," said study researcher Allard Dembe. He's a professor of health services management and policy at the College of Public Health at Ohio State University. The link between long work hours and disease ''seems to be present a bit in men but is tremendously more evident in women," said Dembe. While the study cannot prove cause and effect, he said, the associations were strong in women. When the researchers compared men who worked more than 60 hours a week to those who worked 30 to 40, they found those who worked the longer ... Read more

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Blood Pressure May Soar if You Live Near an Airport

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Living near an airport isn't just hard on your hearing, it may also be hard on your heart, new research suggests. "The volume of air traffic has skyrocketed since jet-powered planes were introduced in the 1960s," said study author Marta Rojek, a researcher at Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. "According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, there were 64 million take-offs and landings in 2013 and this figure is set to double in the next 20 years." "The steady growth in air traffic and expansion of airports, along with the development of residential areas near airports, has led to more people being exposed to aircraft noise," Rojek said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. She added there is emerging evidence that exposure to aircraft noise may increase the risk of high blood pressure, especially at night. There's ... Read more

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Spikes in Blood Pressure Don't Always Need ER Care

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – If your blood pressure reading at a routine doctor's office visit is alarmingly high, in most cases that doesn't mean a trip to the emergency room, a new study suggests. In the Cleveland Clinic study of office visits by almost 60,000 patients with "hypertensive urgency" (very high blood pressure), less than 1 percent needed a referral to a hospital ER. The rest were treated and then sent home with no added risk in terms of patient outcomes, the researchers said. "Hypertensive urgency is common in the outpatient setting," noted the team led by the clinic's Dr. Krishna Patel. However, the researchers believe that "most patients probably can be safely treated in the outpatient setting, because cardiovascular complications are rare in the short term." Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, who directs Women's Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, called the finding ... Read more

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ADHD Meds May Pose Heart Risks for Some Kids

Posted 1 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – Ritalin, a popular drug for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), might increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm shortly after a young person starts taking it, a new study suggests. Children and teens who were prescribed methylphenidate – sold under the brand names Ritalin, Daytrana and Concerta – had a 61 percent increased risk of arrhythmias during the first two months of use, according to the analysis of South Korean patients. But most children on the medication should not experience heart problems, stressed senior study author Nicole Pratt, a senior research fellow at the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Center at the University of South Australia. "In the average child, the risk of serious cardiovascular events is extremely small [three per 100,000 per year], and any absolute excess risk associated with ... Read more

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Smog Can Make Blood Pressure Soar: Studies

Posted 31 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 – More evidence links air pollution with increased risk of developing dangerous high blood pressure. The findings stem from a review of 17 studies conducted around the world. Each assessed a possible link between blood pressure and dirty air related to common pollutants, such as vehicle exhaust, coal burning and airborne dirt or dust. "Our results demonstrated that air pollutants had both short-term and long-term effects on [high blood pressure] risks," said study author Tao Liu. He is deputy director of the environmental health division in the Guangdong Provincial Institute of Public Health in Guangzhou, China. In the short term, he noted, a few days of increased air pollution could lead to more emergency hospital visits due to temporary spikes in blood pressure. In the long term, those living with consistently high levels of air pollution could end up with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Using Aspirin Therapy

Posted 27 May 2016 by

-- Aspirin therapy may help reduce the risk of heart attack by thinning the blood and preventing clots. But it's not safe for everyone. The University of California - Davis Health System says you should be wary of aspirin therapy if you: Have kidney or liver disease. Drink three or more alcoholic beverages daily. Have uncontrolled high blood pressure. Take a blood-thinning medication. Have any possible symptoms of stroke. Read more

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