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Smog Is Bad for Your Blood Pressure, Too

Stay inside on smoggy days, scientist suggests

(Newser) - You probably don't need another reason to dislike smog, but here goes anyway: It can raise your blood pressure. "We discovered a significant risk of developing high blood pressure due to exposure to air pollution," such as coal burning, vehicle exhaust, and dirt and dust in the... More »

Woman Dies in Parking Lot After Dentist Pulls 16 Teeth

April Walters had several health problems but had been cleared for procedure

(Newser) - She was sick with several chronic conditions, but 46-year-old April Walters of Michigan had been cleared to have 18 teeth pulled last week. Now her family is looking for answers after she died in the parking lot of the dentist's office following the procedure. Walters suffered from sarcoidosis, asthma,... More »

How Old Is Your Heart? Odds Are It's Older Than You

Half of Americans have hearts that are at least 5 years older than their age

(Newser) - With one-third of Americans obese, the US now ranks 30th in the world for life expectancy, the New York Times noted earlier this year. So it may not come as a surprise that roughly half of Americans have hearts that are at least five years older than their actual age.... More »

Want to Exercise Harder? Turn to Beet Juice

Gatorade is so 2014

(Newser) - Want to exercise longer without feeling wiped out? A new study suggests adding beet juice to your diet. The research, published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology , zeros in on nitrate, which is found in beet juice and converted to nitric oxide in the body;... More »

More Than 2 Drinks a Day? Your Stroke Risk Is Higher

It only takes exceeding 8 ounces of wine for men and 4 for women to see the effect

(Newser) - Looking forward to kicking back a few beers during the Super Bowl? And on Saturday? And tonight? Here's some news that could give those who have more than two drinks a day on a regular basis pause. Using 43 years of data on 11,644 same-sex Swedish twins, researchers... More »

Panel: Lay Off Blood Pressure Meds

Government study says we can raise the goal for adults

(Newser) - Americans can get away with a higher blood pressure goal than they have been, and should take fewer medications to get their high blood pressure under control, according to new guidelines released today by a government panel. After reviewing medical research that's been done since the last guidelines were... More »

High Blood Pressure? You Might Be Missing Key Cells

Scientists find cluster of cells that affect blood pressure

(Newser) - If you have high blood pressure, you've probably always blamed it on those few extra pounds or all that bacon you indulge in—but a new study finds that hypertension may not be completely under your control. Scientists in Sweden discovered a group of nerve cells in the brains... More »

Beta Blockers May Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Study finds fewer brain changes in those using blood pressure drugs

(Newser) - A class of drugs already widely used to control high blood pressure may also significantly reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. Researchers found that men who took beta blockers for hypertension had fewer signs of the brain shrinkage and other changes associated with... More »

Why Paralympic Athletes Break Their Own Bones cheat, basically

(Newser) - Top athletes will go to extremes to get a competitive edge, but a BBC look at Paralympians shows just how painful, and illegal, those extremes can be. It delves into "boosting," a practice in which these athletes, who have a physical disability, increase performance by upping their blood... More »

'Bizarre' Finding: Exercise May Be Bad for Some

About 1 in 10 end up with higher heart disease risks

(Newser) - Congratulations, couch potatoes: A new study might give you ammunition to rationalize your lack of exercise. The review of six studies found that 10% of regular exercisers ended up with worse levels of blood pressure or insulin, two indicators of heart disease, reports the New York Times . On the other... More »

Wait, Salt's Not So Bad Now?

New study defies conventional wisdom, but experts not convinced

(Newser) - In a world with constantly changing nutritional guidelines (eggs are bad for you; no, they're good for you! ), one food has seemed to be consistently maligned: salt. But a new, and highly contested, study finds that low-salt diets do not prevent high blood pressure—and actually increase the... More »

New Surgery Drops Blood Pressure 30%

(Newser) - A new surgical technique can lower blood pressure by up to 30% by destroying tiny nerves in the arteries leading to the kidneys. These nerves regulate blood supply, but can be overactive in some patients, dangerously boosting blood pressure. This new procedure inserts a small probe through a catheter in... More »

Chilis May Lower Blood Pressure

Spicy food could counter hypertension: Study

(Newser) - Good news for spicy food lovers: Eating chili peppers may lower blood pressure over the long term. A new study, carried out on rats, is the first to establish a link between long-term ingestion of capsaicin, the ingredient that makes chilis spicy, and lowered blood pressure in animals predisposed to... More »

Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

Angiotensin-receptor blockers tied to 1.2% risk boost

(Newser) - A common class of blood pressure drugs may increase the risk of getting cancer, a new study has found. Various angiotensin-receptor blockers, but especially the drug Micardis, are associated with a 1.2% increased risk in cancer diagnosis 4 years after taking the drug. It's not clear if the increased... More »

Chocolate Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Small amount of dark chocolate daily lowers heart attack, stroke risk

(Newser) - Eating small amounts of chocolate may lower your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, according to new research out today. In a study of 19,000 middle-aged subjects, German scientists noted lower blood pressure in those who ate the most chocolate, accompanied by a 39% lower risk of... More »

Aggressive Treatment Doesn't Help Diabetics

Findings reverse current thinking, may cut costs

(Newser) - Rigorous treatment to lower blood pressure or cholesterol below current guidelines does not benefit—and may actually hurt—diabetics, a new study shows. The findings, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest doctors may have to find new ways to treat diabetic patients. But that's not entirely... More »

Low-Carb Diet Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Both low-fat plan and Atkins-style regimen lead to weight loss

(Newser) - Besides leading to weight loss, a low-carbohydrate diet helps lower blood pressure, according to a new study. Research subjects randomly assigned to a low-carb regimen lost about as much weight as patients following a low-fat plan and taking a weight-loss drug—the generic version of the medication marketed as Alli—... More »

Eating Right: Some Unusual Suspects

Celery, seaweed could work wonders for your diet

(Newser) - The usual admonitions we hear at this time of year about eating right are probably going in one ear and out the other, so perhaps these unusual health-food suspects from Men’s Health will catch your attention as you prepare that New Year’s resolution.
  • Celery: Its phytochemicals are thought
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High Blood Pressure Linked to Body Clock

Circadian clock possible key to better treatment of hypertension

(Newser) - Add high blood pressure to the long list of heightened risk factors for night shift workers, long-distance flight crews, and others with disturbances in the body's 24-hour clock. In findings with implications for treatment of hypertension, Japanese researchers working on mice have shown that the circadian clock directly controls a... More »

Deadly Mamba May Save Heart Patients

Ingredient in venom helps heart without hurting kidneys

(Newser) - Scientists believe the deadly green mamba may hold the key to saving many heart failure patients. A hormone found in the African tree snake's venom helps widen blood vessels to deliver its poison faster, reducing high blood pressure in the process. The hormone also appears to boost kidney function, researchers... More »

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