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    1. Blood Pressure: How Low to Go?

      Sept. 11, 2015 -- When it comes to treating high blood pressure, lower is better, a new study shows. The study, which was stopped early on Friday because the results were so clear and positive for one group of patients, found that getting high blood pressure back down to normal levels -- at least 12

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    2. Gut Bugs May Affect Body Fat, 'Good' Cholesterol

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The size of your waistline may depend to some degree on the specific bacteria dwelling within your gut, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 900 Dutch adults, found that certain gut bacteria might help determine not

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    3. New Cholesterol Drugs Overpriced, Analysis Says

      Sept. 9, 2015 -- Two newly approved drugs to fight high cholesterol are extremely overpriced compared to the health benefits they give to patients, a new analysis finds. The drugs in question, Repatha and Praluent, currently cost more than $14,000 per year, and because millions of Americans have hig

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    4. Acupuncture Might Help Ease High Blood Pressure

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Can acupuncture benefit people with mildly or moderately elevated blood pressure? Perhaps, a small study suggests, but the researchers behind the trial acknowledge that it's too soon to say for sure. The researchers fou

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    5. Your Heart Is Likely 'Older' Than You Are

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Three out of four American adults have a heart that's "older" than their years, raising their risk for heart attack or stroke, federal health officials said Tuesday. Your "heart age" is based on a risk profile that incl

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    6. Could Coffee Up Heart Risks for Some With High BP?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Bad news for young coffee lovers: Gulping down lots of your favorite pick-me-up might raise your risk of heart attack if you've already got high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Italian investigators looked at 12 year

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    7. 2 Heart Health Measures and Seniors' Independence

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with a higher resting heart rate and lower heart rate variability are less able to care for themselves, a new study finds. Researchers examined data on more than 5,800 people, aged 70 to 82, who had risk factors fo

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    8. Naps May Do a Heart Good

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a midday nap might be beneficial for your heart, new research suggests. The investigators looked at how an hour-long siesta at noon affected blood pressure among nearly 400 middle-aged people with high blood pressure.

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    9. A New Way to Treat High Cholesterol?

      Editor's note: Updated Aug. 28, 2015. June 10, 2015 -- A new class of medications can lower "bad" LDL cholesterol to unheard-of levels. The new class is called PCSK9 inhibitors. The FDA approved the first drug, called alirocumab (Praluent), on July 24, and the second, evolocumab (Repatha), on Aug. 2

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    10. FDA OKs Second in New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that's part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug, works by

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