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Blood Pressure is the force of circulating blood on the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure is taken using two measurements: systolic (measured when the heart beats, when blood pressure is at its highest) and diastolic (measured between heart beats, when blood pressure is at its lowest). Blood pressure is written with the systolic blood pressure first, followed by the diastolic blood pressure (for example 120/80).
Study to test impact of diet on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

Study to test impact of diet on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

The first study of its kind designed to test the effects of a diet on the decline of cognitive abilities among a large group of individuals 65 to 84 years who currently do not have cognitive impairment will begin in January. [More]
Childhood poverty can cause psychological damage in adulthood

Childhood poverty can cause psychological damage in adulthood

A large and growing body of research shows that poor kids grow up to have a host of physical problems as adults. [More]
Ardelyx initiates two clinical trials to evaluate new treatment for hyperkalemia

Ardelyx initiates two clinical trials to evaluate new treatment for hyperkalemia

Ardelyx, Inc., a clinical-stage company focused on enhancing the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal and cardiorenal diseases, today announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical trial and an onset-of-action clinical trial evaluating RDX7675 in patients with hyperkalemia, a potentially life-threatening condition common in patients with cardiorenal disease. [More]
Commercial program that offers diet and exercise leads to greater improvements in metabolic syndrome

Commercial program that offers diet and exercise leads to greater improvements in metabolic syndrome

If losing weight is on your list of New Year resolutions, be sure to include both diet and exercise. [More]
ACP's clinical practice guidelines recommend effective treatment strategy for type 2 diabetes

ACP's clinical practice guidelines recommend effective treatment strategy for type 2 diabetes

Physicians should prescribe metformin to patients with type 2 diabetes when medication is needed to improve high blood sugar, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends in an evidence-based clinical practice guideline published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. [More]
Alcohol abuse linked to increased risk of heart conditions

Alcohol abuse linked to increased risk of heart conditions

Alcohol abuse increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure as much as other well-established risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and obesity, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Penn experts suggest ways for hospitals to improve health care

Penn experts suggest ways for hospitals to improve health care

Leveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients' health and encourage new healthy habits and behaviors than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians. [More]
People with increased risk for heart disease could more likely have shoulder problems

People with increased risk for heart disease could more likely have shoulder problems

After all the lifting, hauling and wrapping, worn out gift givers may blame the season's physical strain for any shoulder soreness they are feeling. [More]
Saint Louis University geriatrician urges older patients to talk to doctors about too many pills

Saint Louis University geriatrician urges older patients to talk to doctors about too many pills

If you're 65 or older and taking more than four medications, resolve to talk to your doctor about doing a New Year's triage to make sure too many pills aren't making you sick, advises Milta Little, D.O., associate professor of geriatrics at Saint Louis University. [More]
Strong social connections may help improve outcomes in breast cancer patients

Strong social connections may help improve outcomes in breast cancer patients

New research suggests that women with stronger social connections while being treated for breast cancer may fare better than those who don't have that kind of support. [More]
Weight loss leads to improvements in psoriasis symptoms and quality of life

Weight loss leads to improvements in psoriasis symptoms and quality of life

Weight loss has a significant and prolonged positive impact on psoriasis symptoms and quality of life. [More]
Discrimination interacts with certain genetic variants to negatively impact health

Discrimination interacts with certain genetic variants to negatively impact health

It's no secret that discrimination is stressful for those who experience it, but turns out the issue is more than skin deep—these stressors can interact with our genetics to negatively impact our health, a new University of Florida study shows. [More]
Vitamin D supplementation improves metabolic syndrome in mice

Vitamin D supplementation improves metabolic syndrome in mice

It is well known that a diet high in fat can trigger a metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that pose as risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. [More]
Technology could help improve health care quality

Technology could help improve health care quality

Technology has promised to transform health care for years now. Multiple apps, devices, and other e-health approaches are being created to help the patient increase their awareness, education and accountability in their own health. [More]
Bioinformatics helps identify new, untested drug combinations for treatment of breast cancer

Bioinformatics helps identify new, untested drug combinations for treatment of breast cancer

Based on the study of cell signalling networks, the cell signals that drugs alter when they reach their target molecule, an exhaustive in silico analysis of the pairing of 64 therapeutic agents used to treat breast cancer (half already in use and the other half in clinical testing phase) has allowed researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine to identify 10 new and previously untested combinations that hold potential for the treatment of breast cancer. [More]
Red meat consumption does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factors, review suggests

Red meat consumption does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factors, review suggests

Consuming red meat in amounts above what is typically recommended does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as blood pressure and blood cholesterol, according to a new review of clinical trials from Purdue University. [More]
Chronic shortness of breath could be warning signal for potential heart or lung disease

Chronic shortness of breath could be warning signal for potential heart or lung disease

Shortness of breath is an often overlooked symptom of what may be heart failure or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). New research shows that with early intervention, patients can avoid suffering and the need for hospitalization decreases. [More]
Echocardiography post-surgery can detect early and asymptomatic heart dysfunction

Echocardiography post-surgery can detect early and asymptomatic heart dysfunction

New echocardiographic ultrasound methods can non-invasively evaluate deformation of the heart muscle in order to identify abnormal function in children who were operated for coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta. [More]
Tips for heart health and wellness during the holidays

Tips for heart health and wellness during the holidays

Every year, there's often a shortage of platelet and blood donations during the holidays. This year, a number of factors have made the need for blood platelets especially urgent. [More]
Blood flow modeling through stents ignites passion for biomedical engineering

Blood flow modeling through stents ignites passion for biomedical engineering

An interest in solving complex problems, friends training to be medical doctors and his father having a stroke helped put John Asiruwa on the path to becoming a biomedical engineer. [More]
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