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High Salt Intake Directly Linked to Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Source: ScienceDaily
High salt intake is associated with significantly greater risk of both stroke and cardiovascular disease, concludes a study published on the British Medical Journalwebsite.
The link between high salt intake and high blood pressure is well established, and it has been suggested that a population-wide reduction in dietary salt intake has the potential to substantially reduce [...]

Can parent mentors improve the asthmatic care of children?

Monday, November 30th, 2009

This is an interesting piece of news. UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have found that informed adults may perhaps assist families in delaying complications associated with asthma. The findings suggest that interventions by parent mentors could effectively decrease wheezing, asthma attacks, emergency room visits and missed adult workdays. Apparently, parent mentors are those caregivers of [...]

BMI impacts contraception choice

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Source: MedWireNews
By Ingrid Grasmo
Women with a body mass index (BMI) over 25 kg/m2 are more likely to use procedural contraception methods than women with normal BMIs, indicate study findings.
“Understanding the relationship between weight and contraceptive behaviors is important for the development of health promotion programs to improve pregnancy outcome and decrease obesity,” say Amisha Schraudenbach [...]

Basic lifestyle changes can fend off hypertension

Monday, November 30th, 2009

What you should know
Nearly one-third of Tennessee adults suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). Hypertension can lead to many long-term medical and financial problems. The risk of high blood pressure often increases with age, in weight, stress and other health problems. African-Americans and Hispanics also seem to be at higher risk.
The major cause of most [...]

High salt intake linked to stroke and heart disease

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Eating high amounts of salt is linked to a significantly higher risk of strokes and cardiovascular disease, states a paper published today in the British Medical Journal.
The research was carried out jointly by the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Nutrition, based at the University of Warwick and University Hospital in Coventry, UK, and the [...]

Diabetes raises stroke risk in Japanese adults

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Source: MedWire News
Diabetes is an independent risk factor for ischemic stroke in both men and women, a study of the Japanese population has found.
Interestingly, the same study found that diabetes was a risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD) in women but not in men, an unexpected result that requires further investigation, say the study [...]

High Levels of Cholesterol Contribute to Heart Failure

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Source: HealthNews.com
Stop for a moment, especially if you’re about to take a big bite of chocolate cake, and think about what happens to your kitchen drain pipes when you pour meat grease or chicken fat down the sink. Over time, this sludge builds up in the pipes, causing them to drain slower or blocking them [...]

Diabetes spending to double by 2034: U.S. study

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Source: CBC News
The number of Americans with diabetes will double in the next 25 years, leading to health spending of $336 billion US, a new study suggests.
The number of people with the disease is projected to grow to 44 million in 2034 from 23.7 million in 2009. And while the population with diabetes doubles, the [...]

How much is that drug ad costing taxpayers?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

By Katherine Harmon
Consumer advertisements for at least one popular prescription drug have failed to stimulate increased sales among those on Medicaid, but the ads do seem to have upped the medicine’s price tag, a new study claims, raising policy questions about the direct-to-consumer marketing approach.
The research found that running direct-to-consumer ads for Plavix (clopidogrel), a popular clot-inhibiting agent, [...]

Living with HIV / AIDS

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Most people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) don’t even know they’re infected.
Millions of people are living with the disease worldwide. This epidemic is killing many people, in some cases, because they aren’t getting tested or treated.
“It’s that stigma,” said AIDS Resource Center Ohio’s Prevention and Outreach Team Leader, Jared [...]

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