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  1. Occasional High Blood Pressure Risky, Too?

    March 11, 2010 -- Occasional high blood pressure readings are often dismissed as nothing to worry about, but a new study suggests this episodic high blood pressure is a strong predictor of strokes. ''We have shown that it is variations in people's blood pressure rather than the average level that pr

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  2. DASH Diet Fuels the Brain

    March 8, 2010 -- A diet designed to help lower blood pressure may also boost brainpower. A new study shows the DASH diet in combination with regular exercise improved mental activity by 30% in overweight adults compared with those who didn’t diet or exercise. The DASH diet was developed by the Dieta

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  3. Experts: U.S. Is Neglecting Hypertension

    Feb. 22, 2010 -- One out of every three American adults has high blood pressure, or hypertension. One of every six American adults will die from complications related to hypertension, such as heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, making it a leading cause of death in this country. Yet, according

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  4. Cutting Salt as Good as Quitting Smoking

    Jan. 22, 2010 -- Cutting U.S. salt intake by just half a teaspoon a day would prevent up to 92,000 deaths, 99,000 heart attacks, and 66,000 strokes -- a benefit as big as smoking cessation. That's the prediction from computer models that used real clinical data to predict the effects of small reduct

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  5. Sweetener May Lower Blood Pressure

    Nov. 20, 2009 (Orlando, Fla.) -- An artificial sweetener that's been shown to help people shed unwanted pounds may also lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels in people with mild or borderline high blood pressure, Chinese researchers report. The sugar substitute is called oligofructose, or OFS.

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  6. High Fructose Intake May Raise Blood Pressure

    Oct. 30, 2009 -- Eating too much of  the sweetener fructose, found in sugary soft drinks, bakery goods, and candy, could be driving up your blood pressure, even if your blood pressure is typically healthy, according to a new study. ''High fructose intake is linked to high blood pressure," says resea

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  7. Does Vitamin D Protect Against High BP?

    Sept. 24, 2009 -- Women who do not have enough vitamin D before menopause may have an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure years later, new research suggests. Vitamin D deficiency before age 45 was associated with a threefold increased risk for hypertension in midlife. Researchers analyze

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  8. Gout Drug May Lower Blood Pressure

    Sept. 23, 2009 -- A new study suggests a direct link between a high-sugar diet and high blood pressure, and researchers say the finding may lead to a novel way to treat hypertension. Middle-aged men who took part in the study showed significant increases in blood pressure after eating a high-sugar d

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  9. New Blood Pressure Drug Shows Promise

    Sept. 15, 2009 -- As many as 30% of patients with hypertension fail to achieve their target blood pressures levels with treatment, but an experimental drug may help them hit their blood pressure goals. In a newly reported study, patients whose blood pressure remained high despite very aggressive tre

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  10. Denny's Sued Over Salty Food

    July 23, 2009 -- The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is suing the national restaurant chain Denny's, claiming the restaurant has too much sodium in its food. In a statement, Denny's calls the lawsuit "frivolous" and says its nutrition information is posted on its web site.

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