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Having high blood pressure in midlife can affect cognition many years later

Having high blood pressure in midlife can affect cognition many years later

Having high blood pressure in your 50's may impact your ability to keep track or plan ahead in your 80's. This study reports a connection between high blood pressure at a younger age can affect cognition many years later. It currently appears in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. [More]
Genetic mutation associated with severe loss of body fat, appearance of premature aging in children identified

Genetic mutation associated with severe loss of body fat, appearance of premature aging in children identified

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute have identified a genetic mutation associated with the appearance of premature aging and severe loss of body fat in children. [More]
Very small cerebrovascular lesions warrant concern

Very small cerebrovascular lesions warrant concern

Subclinical cerebrovascular smaller than 3 mm are associated with an increased risk of stroke and stroke mortality, report researchers. [More]
Canadian researchers discover how HIV evades the body's antiviral responses

Canadian researchers discover how HIV evades the body's antiviral responses

A Canadian research team at the IRCM in Montreal, led by molecular virologist Eric A. Cohen, PhD, made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body's antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process to evade the host's first line of defence. [More]
Stress Doppler echocardiography ‘reliable’ for early PAH detection in systemic sclerosis

Stress Doppler echocardiography ‘reliable’ for early PAH detection in systemic sclerosis

Researchers recommend performing echocardiography at rest and during exercise to screen for pulmonary arterial hypertension in patients with systemic sclerosis. [More]
Oral PAH treatments stave off clinical decline

Oral PAH treatments stave off clinical decline

Oral treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension reduce patients’ risk of clinical worsening but have little effect on survival, say the authors of a meta-analysis. [More]
Study: Breast cancer survivors experience post-treatment weight gain compared with cancer-free peers

Study: Breast cancer survivors experience post-treatment weight gain compared with cancer-free peers

Among women with a family history of breast cancer, those diagnosed with breast cancer gained weight at a greater rate compared with cancer-free women of the same age and menopausal status. [More]
Diabetes drug metformin can also treat portal hypertension

Diabetes drug metformin can also treat portal hypertension

The diabetes drug metformin continues to expand beyond its treatment for type 2 diabetes. In addition to its potential use in treating age-related health problems, metformin can treat portal hypertension—high blood pressure in the liver resulting from cirrhosis, according to a new study in American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. [More]
New self-monitoring app introduced to support adults with epilepsy

New self-monitoring app introduced to support adults with epilepsy

A new self-monitoring app launched to support adults with epilepsy will help to 'fill the information gap' left by NHS funding cuts for GP epilepsy monitoring, according to specialist epilepsy charity SUDEP Action. [More]
New Healthy Beverage Index may help consumers to make diligent decisions about daily drinking habits

New Healthy Beverage Index may help consumers to make diligent decisions about daily drinking habits

There may be a better way to think about daily drinking habits that impact health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, according to a new study by Virginia Tech researchers. [More]
Wayne State researchers explore effects of Tocotrienol-rich fraction from palm oil in ESRD patients

Wayne State researchers explore effects of Tocotrienol-rich fraction from palm oil in ESRD patients

End-stage renal disease (ERSD) is the last stage of chronic kidney disease where the kidneys function at under 10 to 15 percent of their normal capacity. At this stage, kidneys cannot effectively remove waste or excess fluid from the blood system, and dialysis or a kidney transplant is necessary to live. [More]
Lixiana (edoxaban) recommended for treating, preventing recurrent DVT and PE in adults

Lixiana (edoxaban) recommended for treating, preventing recurrent DVT and PE in adults

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended a new treatment to help patients suffering from blood clots in the legs and lungs. [More]
Study examines how location, height and traffic flow dictate pedestrian choices

Study examines how location, height and traffic flow dictate pedestrian choices

Death rates due to health problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are on the rise. According to the World Health Organization, that's due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. [More]
Envarsus XR receives FDA approval for treatment of kidney transplant recipients

Envarsus XR receives FDA approval for treatment of kidney transplant recipients

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Envarsus XR (tacrolimus extended-release tablets) for the prophylaxis of rejection in kidney transplant patients who require or desire conversion from other twice-daily tacrolimus products to once-daily Envarsus XR. [More]
BP levels declined among US children and adolescents during the past decade

BP levels declined among US children and adolescents during the past decade

Childhood high blood pressure (HBP) is a serious public health challenge worldwide due to associated increases in risk of end organ damages and correlation with HBP in adulthood. The prevalence of elevated blood pressure (BP) has been reported to increase significantly among United States children and adolescents from 1988-1994 to 1999-2008, but little is known about recent trends in BP values and elevated BP. [More]
Virginia Tech researchers develop new scoring method for assessing overall beverage intake quality

Virginia Tech researchers develop new scoring method for assessing overall beverage intake quality

Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a new scoring method for assessing beverage intake, the Healthy Beverage Index (HBI). In a report published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics they describe how this tool can be used to more accurately evaluate dietary consumption of all types of fluids. [More]
AMGF announces results, impact of Measure Up/Pressure Down campaign

AMGF announces results, impact of Measure Up/Pressure Down campaign

The American Medical Group Foundation today announced the results and impact of its second annual Measure Up/Pressure Down National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves! event. On May 7, during National High Blood Pressure Education Month, more than 140 campaign supporters across the country took an "action" for blood pressure control - including blood pressure screenings, materials dissemination, social media posts, web chats, website content updates, employee trainings, health fairs, and garnering media coverage - reaching 84.3 million Americans. [More]
New study finds that secondhand smoke increases risk of stroke for nonsmokers

New study finds that secondhand smoke increases risk of stroke for nonsmokers

Nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is responsible for one out of every 19 deaths in the U.S. and it is a leading cause of disability. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that secondhand smoke (SHS) increases the risk of stroke by about 30 percent for nonsmokers. [More]
Chemicals used in plastics linked to increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes in children and adolescents

Chemicals used in plastics linked to increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes in children and adolescents

According to a new series of studies out of NYU Langone Medical Center, two chemicals increasingly used during manufacturing to strengthen plastic wrap, soap, cosmetics, and processed food containers have been linked to a rise in risk of high blood pressure and diabetes in children and adolescents. [More]
International research team identifies new gene associated with 4H leukodystrophy

International research team identifies new gene associated with 4H leukodystrophy

Leukodystrophies are deadly neurodegenerative diseases that affect one in 7,000 children and remain incurable. These genetic diseases attack myelin or the "insulating rubber sheath" surrounding neurons, which leads to deteriorating health for affected children. [More]
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