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  1. 5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

    A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love. In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. They can even help

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  2. Jet Lag Hormone Lowers Blood Pressure

    Jan. 20, 2004 -- A popular over-the-counter treatment for jet lag and insomnia may also lower blood pressure, early research suggests. If the findings are confirmed, investigators say the hormone melatonin could be a useful addition to the current armamentarium of hypertension therapies. But even th

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  3. Blood Pressure Meds: Pricey Isn't Better

    Dec. 23, 2003 -- Doctors favor the pricey high blood pressure drugs -- despite evidence that less-expensive drugs are equally effective. Beta-blockers and diuretics are inexpensive, effective, and well-tolerated drugs for high blood pressure. In fact, they are recommended as first-line treatment by

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  4. Inflammation Adds to Blood Pressure Risks

    Nov. 24, 2003 -- Having high blood pressure may be especially dangerous for women with high levels of the inflammation marker known as C-reactive protein (CRP). A new study shows that when both blood pressure and CRP levels are elevated, the risk of heart attack and stroke may be as much as eight ti

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  5. High Blood Pressure and the Elderly Mind

    Oct. 30, 2003 -- A new study shows that having mild hypertension may actually help older people think more clearly. Israeli researchers say that among the 495 elderly patients they studied, those with slightly elevated blood pressure performed the best on tests gauging memory, concentration, verbal

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  6. Healthy BMI Prevents High Blood Pressure

    Oct. 9, 2003 -- Keeping your weight under control, from childhood through middle age, can offset high blood pressure in later years a new study shows. In the study from Great Britain, researchers tracked more than 3,000 men and women born in 1946. Each was regularly contacted since birth, and variou

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  7. Clue to High BP in African Americans

    Oct. 2, 2003 -- It's one of the biggest puzzles in public health: Why is hypertension -- high blood pressure -- so deadly and so difficult to control in African Americans? A big piece of the puzzle may now be at hand. It suggests that many African Americans retain salt as a physical response to stre

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  8. Hypertension May Not Speed Brain Decline

    Sept. 29, 2003 -- Having high blood pressure may affect a person's health in a variety of ways, but a new study shows the condition may not necessarily speed up age-related declines in mental performance. The research suggests that contrary to the classical model of aging, high blood pressure alone

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  9. Is Salt Really So Bad?

    Sept. 25, 2003 -- If you have high blood pressure, you've probably been told to reduce the salt in your diet, but new findings are challenging the idea that sodium is a major culprit in promoting high blood pressure. Researchers who have argued against the salt-blood pressure link for almost two dec

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  10. High Blood Pressure Damages Organs

    Sept. 23, 2003 -- Even slightly elevated blood pressure can cause kidney and heart damage, a new study shows. The researchers found that high normal blood pressure can damage the kidney's ability to clear toxins from the blood. In addition, they found this level of blood pressure can cause an enlarg

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