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Can Teens' Heart Rate, Blood Pressure Show Ties to Mental Ills?

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – A young man's future risk of mental disorders could be tied to higher-than-average heart rate or blood pressure in his late teens, a new European study suggests. Young men with a resting heart rate and blood pressure that's elevated – but still within normal range – seem more likely to develop a wide range of mental illnesses later in their lives, researchers found. These include an increased risk of obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, the results show. "We are coming to appreciate that psychiatric illnesses are brain diseases, and our central nervous system, which is mediated from our brain, controls autonomic functions," like heart rate and blood pressure, said Dr. Victor Fornari. He is director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. "We should recognize it would ... Read more

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Including Pharmacist on Medical Team May Aid Blood Pressure Control

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

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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Eyes a Window Into Brain Health: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 15 – People who have mild vascular disease that damages the eyes' retinas are more likely to have vascular disease in the brain that causes thinking and memory problems, new research indicates. The study included 511 women with an average age of 69 whose thinking and memory skills were tested every year for 10 years. The women's eyes were tested about four years into the study, and they underwent brain scans about eight years into the study. On average, the 39 women with retina damage (retinopathy) had lower scores on the cognitive tests than those without retinopathy. The eye damage in these women was not serious enough to cause significant symptoms. The brains of women with retinopathy also had more areas with damaged blood vessels than those without retinopathy. The findings held true even after the researchers accounted for high blood pressure and diabetes, which ... Read more

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