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Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 - Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows. After just a month, the results for people adopting this strategy were "striking and reinforce the importance of dietary changes" for those with problematic blood pressure. So says a team of researchers led by Dr. Stephen Juraschek, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Millions of Americans fight a daily battle with high blood pressure, which can greatly increase their odds for stroke and other heart events. What's the best dietary strategy to lower those blood pressure numbers? One key factor that's long been linked to blood pressure is salt (sodium) intake. In the new study, 412 people with high blood pressure (or in danger of high blood pressure) were assigned to one of three daily salt-intake regimens. ... Read more

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Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests. Spicy foods may increase salt sensitivity, thereby dampening the desire to consume heart-harming salty food, researchers in China say. "High salt intake increases blood pressure and contributes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Zhiming Zhu. "Thus, reducing salt intake is very important for health. "We find that the enjoyment of spicy foods significantly reduced individual salt preference, daily salt intake and blood pressure," he added. Zhu is director of Daping Hospital's Center for Hypertension and Metabolic Diseases at Third Military Medical University in Chongqing. The research team conducted a mouse study alongside a human trial of more than 600 Chinese adults. Both correlated blood pressure levels with intake of spicy and salty dishes. Foods ... Read more

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Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Childhood Sinusitis

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

--Your child's sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years, but the child can still develop a sinus infection. Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes) sinuses are present at birth. Childhood sinus problems may be difficult to diagnose, because symptoms may be caused by other problems, such as a viral illness or allergy. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, these symptoms may indicate a sinus infection: Cold-like symptoms lasting more than 14 days, sometimes with a low-grade fever. Thick nasal drainage, which may be yellow or green. Post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to a sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea or upset stomach. Headache, usually in children 6 years or older. Irritability or exhaustion. inflammation near the eyes. Read more

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Allergy Relief Do's and Don'ts

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – As the seasons change, more and more people are sneezing because of allergies. And the numbers are rising, with those in urban areas particularly affected, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Symptoms in the fall are most likely caused by ragweed. Summer sneezes? Blame grass and weed pollens. Symptoms in the spring? You're probably allergic to tree pollen. Climate change is making things worse. The spring allergy season is starting earlier and lasting longer. And ragweed pollen is being produced for a longer period, too. These allergies can start at any age – often by age 10. But you can develop them as an adult, too. Your doctor can diagnose seasonal allergies based on your symptoms, a physical exam and, sometimes, allergy tests. He or she can then prescribe medication to tamp down your reaction. Here are other ways to ... Read more

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Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – High levels of salt consumption may increase an adult's risk of developing diabetes, researchers say. The new study included data from a few thousand people in Sweden. The findings showed that salt intake was associated with an average 65 percent increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for each 2.5 extra grams of salt (slightly less than half a teaspoon) consumed per day. People with the highest salt intake (about 1.25 teaspoons of salt or higher) were 72 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest intake, the investigators found. The study, led by Bahareh Rasouli of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was scheduled for presentation Thursday at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Lisbon, Portugal. The current study didn't look ... Read more

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High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – A high-salt diet significantly increases the risk for heart failure. That's the conclusion of Finnish researchers who found that people who consume more than 13,700 milligrams of salt a day – about 2.5 teaspoons – had double the risk for heart failure than low-salt consumers. "High salt [sodium chloride] intake is one of the major causes of high blood pressure and an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke," said researcher Pekka Jousilahti. "The heart does not like salt," said Jousilahti, a research professor at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki. "High salt intake markedly increases the risk of heart failure," he added in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology. In addition to coronary heart disease and stroke, heart failure is a major cardiovascular disease globally, but the role of high salt ... Read more

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Quitting Smoking Can Bring Healthier Sinuses Years Later: Study

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Smoking can wreak havoc on your sinuses, but new research shows symptoms reverse within 10 years after quitting the bad habit. Researchers believe the findings may provide new motivation for smokers to stop smoking. "If patients tell me that they are smoking, I now have direct evidence to say that the same symptoms that are making them miserable are exacerbated further by smoking," said senior study author Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, a sinus surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. "On the other hand, we can also be optimistic, because we have evidence to suggest that if you quit smoking, things will get better – on the order of 10 years," he added in a hospital news release. Sedaghat is also an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) leads to facial pain, poor sleep and trouble breathing due to blocked ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Pass the Salt, Please

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Like many people, you may be trying to cut back on the amount of salt in your diet. The problem is, lots of packaged foods are loaded with salt. The U.S. National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says there are several steps you can take: In general, using fresh foods without adding salt is the way to go. If you do use canned or frozen vegetables or other "convenience" foods, make sure they are labeled "no salt added." Be sure to check the sodium content listed on different brands. Rinsing canned foods, like tuna, often reduces sodium content. Read more

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Health Tip: Rid Your Bedroom of Allergens

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Sneezing and sniffling triggered by allergies can prevent a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to rid your bedroom of allergens: If you're allergic to pets, keep them out of the bedroom. Bathe pets weekly. Cover your mattress and pillows in dust mite covers, and wash sheets regularly in hot water. Opt for blankets made of synthetic materials, not wool. Limit mold by keeping windows open in the bathroom. Fix leaks and clean up water promptly. If you do have a moldy area, hire a professional to clean it. Skip candles, scented laundry detergent, air fresheners and other heavy fragrances in your bedroom. Clean furnace, air conditioner and vacuum filters regularly. Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Summer Allergy Symptoms

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Allergies can cause symptoms that go well beyond the tell-tale red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and case of the sniffles. The American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology says additional symptoms of allergies may include: Allergic shiners, characterized by dark circles under the eyes. A tired, droopy look to the face caused by swollen adenoids. A line that forms on the bridge of the nose, called a nasal crease, from frequently rubbing of an itchy nose. Breathing through the mouth. Read more

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A Sufferer's Guide to Easin' Sneezin' Season

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – When seasonal allergies strike, what remedy is right for you? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has some answers. An allergy is your body's reaction to a substance it considers an invader. The body reacts to that invader by releasing chemicals called histamines, which cause the sneezing, wheezing and itchy, watery eyes that make life miserable, the FDA explains. Antihistamines are available in many forms, including tablets and liquids. Many oral antihistamines are available over-the-counter (OTC) and some are available by prescription and in generic form, according to the FDA. When choosing an OTC antihistamine, always follow label instructions, said Dr. Jenny Kelty, a pediatric pulmonologist at the FDA. Some can cause drowsiness and interfere with your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Others do not have this side effect, she noted in an FDA ... Read more

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Americans Buying Less Salt-Laden Foods

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – Americans' addiction to salt may be waning, as food manufacturers gradually cut amounts in their products and consumers opt for less salty fare, a new study suggests. A survey of more than 172,000 households found that between 2000 and 2014 the amount of salt in the packaged food and drinks people bought was reduced by nearly 400 milligrams (mg) a day, dropping from more than 2,300 mg to less than 2,000 mg a day. At the same time, the salt content of packaged foods consumers purchased decreased 12 percent, said lead researcher Jennifer Poti, a nutritional epidemiologist and research assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Our findings suggest that U.S. households are getting less sodium from the grocery store than they did 15 years ago, yet sodium levels in packaged foods are still too high," she said. The researchers also found ... Read more

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Just 5 Percent of Daily Salt Gets Added at the Table

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – Tossing out the salt shaker may not be enough for your heart health. Most of the salt that Americans consume comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, a new study finds. In a sampling of 450 U.S. adults, only 10 percent of salt, or sodium, in their diet came from food prepared at home. About half of that was added at the table. Instead, restaurant meals and store-bought foods – including crackers, breads and soups – accounted for 71 percent of salt intake, the study found. "Care must be taken when food shopping and eating out to steer clear of higher-sodium foods," said lead researcher Lisa Harnack. For prevent harmful high blood pressure, Americans are advised to limit salt intake to 2,300 milligrams (mg) daily, said Harnack, a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. That's the equivalent of one teaspoon. But, more than eight ... Read more

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Is a Low-Salt Diet Always Healthy?

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Steering clear of salty foods might not be as helpful for your heart health as previously thought, a new study claims. Participants in a long-range heart study did not appear to derive any health advantage from a low-salt diet, said lead researcher Lynn Moore. "People who were on a lower-sodium [salt] diet in general over the next 20 or 30 years actually had no benefit, specifically in terms of their blood pressure or their risk of developing heart disease," said Moore, an associate professor with the Boston University School of Medicine. On the other hand, these people did enjoy better health when they increased their intake of potassium, a mineral that helps the heart in a couple of ways, Moore and her colleagues found. "Higher intakes of potassium were strongly associated with both a lower blood pressure and a lower risk of heart disease," Moore said. "The ... Read more

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When to Make Use of the Nose in a Medical Emergency

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – A growing number of U.S. emergency rooms are giving patients medication through the nose instead of via injections or IVs, new research shows. The new approach "is easy, fast and noninvasive," wrote emergency department pharmacist Megan Rech and colleagues from Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. Doctors or nurses simply place an atomizer attached to a syringe in the patient's nostril. When they push a plunger, a mist of medicine is released inside the nose, the study authors explained. Not only is that approach less painful than needles or IVs, it also reduces the spread of infectious diseases, according to the researchers. In some patients, including children, the elderly and the obese, the intranasal approach can deliver medication to the bloodstream more quickly than an injection, the researchers said. The study authors also noted that IVs and ... Read more

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