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Family Lifestyles May Be as Important to Health as Genes

Posted 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Shared lifestyles and surroundings may play as strong a role as genes in diseases that run in families, a new study indicates. The study included medical histories of more than 500,000 people and their families in the United Kingdom. The information included blood and adoptive relatives. The researchers focused on 12 common diseases, including high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as several cancers and neurological diseases. Factors shared by family members can have a significant influence on a person's risk for some diseases. These factors include the same living space and similar eating habits. The impact of genes on disease risk may be overestimated by 47 percent when shared family factors aren't taken into account, the study authors contended. The study offers "precise estimates of the role of genetics in these important diseases. It also ... Read more

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Lack of Fitness Second Only to Smoking as Predictor of Early Death: Study

Posted 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Poor physical fitness ranks right behind smoking as leading risk factors for an early death, new long-term research suggests. Analyzing nearly 800 men starting at midlife, Swedish scientists also found that each measurable increase in fitness levels translated into a 21 percent lower risk of death over 45 years of follow-up. "Fitness in middle age is of importance for mortality risk for several decades," said study author Per Ladenvall, a researcher in the department of molecular and clinical medicine at University of Gothenburg. "Persons with low fitness are associated with an increased mortality risk throughout life." "Smoking was the risk factor that was [most strongly] associated with mortality," Ladenvall added. "We were somewhat surprised that the effect of aerobic capacity was even more pronounced than that of high cholesterol and high blood pressure." ... Read more

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FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

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

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

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

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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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Allergan Announces FDA Approval of Byvalson (nebivolol and valsartan) for Hypertension

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, today announced the approval of Byvalson (nebivolol and valsartan) 5 mg/ 80 mg tablets, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hypertension to lower blood pressure. Byvalson is the first and only fixed-dose combination (FDC) of a beta blocker (BB) and angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) available in the U.S. "Achieving blood pressure control is critical to reducing the risk of serious and life-threatening cardiovascular events. There remains a need for new therapies, as observed by the nearly half of patients in the U.S. who remain uncontrolled," said David Nicholson, Chief R&D Officer at Allergan. "We are pleased with the FDA approval of Byvalson, which will provide physicians a new fixed dose combination therapy treatment option for patients affected ... Read more

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Spikes in Blood Pressure Don't Always Need ER Care

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

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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