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Our Blood Pressure Shot Up in Pandemic
Pandemic Didn't Help
Our Blood Pressure
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Pandemic Didn't Help Our Blood Pressure

Study finds noticeable increase, especially among women

(Newser) - A new study of nearly a half-million Americans presents pretty clear evidence that the pandemic is doing bad things to our blood pressure, reports CNN . And that's especially true for women. The study, published in Circulation by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, showed a significant increase in blood pressure...

Man's Blood Pressure Spike Tied to His Special Tea
He Drank This for 2 Weeks
Straight. Then, a Trip to the ER
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He Drank This for 2 Weeks Straight. Then, a Trip to the ER

Elderly patient's penchant for licorice tea led to a spike in his blood pressure

(Newser) - If you've always hated black licorice, it's OK to keep hating it—because too much of it can cause medical issues, as an elderly Canadian has found. Live Science reports on a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal detailing the case of an 84-year-old man who turned...

More Drugs Recalled Over Possible Cancer Risk

Recall involves heart medication valsartan

(Newser) - The recall of heart medications containing the drug valsartan has expanded, with generic drug maker Mylan this week recalling 104 lots of three medicines. These include valsartan tablets, valsartan and amlodipine combination tablets, and hydrochlorothiazide, HealthDay reports. This latest move follows similar recalls in recent months after drug makers have...

2 More Blood-Pressure Meds Recalled Over Cancer Risk

Teva Pharmaceuticals pulls them off the market

(Newser) - Taking blood-pressure medication? Teva Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling two drugs as part of an ongoing effort to take medications off the market that might cause cancer, USA Today reports. In an FDA-released statement , Teva says it's recalling all combination tablets using valsartan and amlodipine as well as a drug...

Trip to Barber Helps Black Men With Common Health Ailment

Experiment adds blood pressure treatment to the mix

(Newser) - Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted places to improve health, per the AP . The project had pharmacists work with dozens of Los Angeles barbershops to test...

It's Suddenly More Likely You Have High Blood Pressure

The stricter new standard: 130 over 80

(Newser) - The powers that be in the world of health have changed the standards on high blood pressure, and the upshot is that a significantly larger number of Americans are now at risk. As of now, anyone with a reading of 130 over 80 is considered to have high blood pressure,...

More Kids, Teens May Be Diagnosed With Hypertension

Based on new AAP guidelines that seek to spur early prevention and intervention

(Newser) - Parents bringing their kids to their well visits will likely review their height, weight, vaccinations, and now ... blood pressure. CNN reports on new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and printed in the September issue of the Pediatrics journal that include updated diagnosis tables based on kids within...

Smog Is Bad for Your Blood Pressure, Too

 Smog Is Bad for Your 
 Blood Pressure, Too 

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...

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,...

PMS May Signal Future Health Problems for Women

Women with PMS could be screened for hypertension

(Newser) - Women who suffer from moderate to severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) appear to be at greater risk of having high blood pressure later in life, report researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The team, which also worked with the Harvard School of Public Health,...

New Blood Pressure Study Could Save Many Lives

Researchers say our blood pressure needs to be much lower

(Newser) - Today, federal health officials announced the "potentially lifesaving" results of a major study that could reduce the overall mortality rate of the United States, the New York Times reports. The study, which looked at 9,300 people over the age of 50, found that doctors aren't aiming low...

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...

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...

Benedict's Health So Bad Docs Told Him Not to Fly

Report outlines high blood pressure, sleeping trouble

(Newser) - A fuller picture of the laundry list of Pope Benedict's physical ailments continues to emerge. In addition to reported partial blindness , the pontiff has suffered from high blood pressure to the extent that his doctor warned him to spend "as little time as possible" flying, according to the...

High Blood Pressure? You Might Be Missing Key Cells
High Blood Pressure? You Might Be Missing Key Cells
study says

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...

Americans Living Longer, but Also Living Sicker
Americans Living Longer,
but Also Living Sicker
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Americans Living Longer, but Also Living Sicker

Report finds we're increasingly living with chronic illnesses

(Newser) - The good news: A new report shows that Americans are living longer. The bad news: They're doing so while suffering from more chronic illnesses. The 2012 America's Health Rankings find that, while there are fewer heart disease and cancer deaths, there are more people living with obesity, diabetes,...

Wait, Salt's Not So Bad Now?
 Wait, Salt's Not So Bad Now? 
study says

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...

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...

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...

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...

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