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‘Mediterranean Diet’ Shown To Improve Heart Health, Independent Of Weight Loss

A team of Johns Hopkins researchers has uncovered further evidence of the benefits of a balanced diet that replaces white bread and pasta carbohydrates with unsaturated fat from avocados, olive oil, and nuts — foods typical of the so-called “Mediterranean diet.” In a report prepared for the American Heart Association’s scientific sessions in Orlando next […]

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Pre-Existing Hypertension Linked To Depression In Pregnant Women

Women with a history of high blood pressure before getting pregnant have a higher risk of depression than women who develop pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a new study. The study, which appears in General Health Psychiatry, looked at 2,398 women receiving prenatal care at an obstetrics clinic in Seattle, Washington, evaluating them for depressive symptoms […]

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Continued Use Of Stimulants For ADHD Likely Does Not Increase Risk For Hypertension, But May Affect Heart Rate

Chronic use of stimulant medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children does not appear to increase risk for high blood pressure over the long term, but it may have modest effects on heart rate, according to follow-up data from the NIMH-funded Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA). The study was […]

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Potatoes Reduce Blood Pressure In People With Obesity And High Blood Pressure

The potato’s stereotype as a fattening food for health-conscious folks to avoid is getting another revision today as scientists report that just a couple servings of spuds a day reduces blood pressure almost as much as oatmeal without causing weight gain. Scientists reported on the research, done on a group of overweight people with high […]

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High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Smoking, And Obesity In Middle Age May Shrink Brain And Damage Thinking

A new study suggests smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and being overweight in middle age may cause brain shrinkage and lead to cognitive problems up to a decade later. The study is published in the August 2, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Medicare And Medicaid Could Save $632 billion By 2050 If 50-year-Old Americans Were As Healthy As Europeans

Forty years ago, Americans could expect to live slightly longer than Europeans. This has since reversed: in spite of similar levels of economic development, Americans now live about a year-and-a-half less, on average, than their Western European counterparts, and also less than people in most other developed nations. How did Americans fall behind?

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Adolescent Girls Who Adhere To DASH Diet Have Lower Body Mass Index (BMI)

Adolescent girls whose diet resembles one recommended for adults with hypertension appear to have smaller gains in overall body mass index (BMI) over 10 years, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals [1]. “Excess weight during childhood leads to numerous health problems […]

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