Gas cooker exposure can lower blood pressure, study finds

The study, published recently in Circulation Research and led by a team from King’s College London, has investigated how nitrogen dioxide can impact the cardiovascular system. The study examined the blood chemistry and cardiovascular changes of 12 healthy volunteers. They sat next to a domestic gas cooker for ninety minutes followed by ninety minutes with normal background nitrogen levels. On […]

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Body mass index lower in patients with familial psoriasis

(HealthDay)—Familial psoriasis is not necessarily induced by obesity, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Dermatology. Bolortuya Bayaraa, M.D., from Fukuoka University in Japan, and colleagues examined whether patients with familial psoriasis versus those without were obese at the onset of psoriasis. The analysis included 428 individuals (264 male; 164 female) with psoriasis identified from a registry […]

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Best supplements for cholesterol: Three of the best supplements to help lower your levels

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all the cells in the body. The liver makes cholesterol, and it is also in some foods, such as meat and dairy products. The body needs some cholesterol to work properly. However, having too much of the substance puts a person at serious risk of potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart […]

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Yoga and physical therapy as treatment for chronic lower back pain also improves sleep

Yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, according to a new study from Boston Medical Center (BMC). Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or 1-on-1 PT, […]

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Why a plan to lower prescription drug prices should not be piecemeal

Demand for prescription medications in the U.S. is at an all time high, given that 50% of adults have at least one chronic condition, and 25% have two or more. Sixty percent of the population, and 90% of Medicare beneficiaries have taken at least one prescription medication in the past month. Rising health care costs over time are leading to […]

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Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “Given these results, it is my belief that all patients with high blood pressure should have an annual flu vaccination,” said first author Daniel […]

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Study reveals lower predictive ability for renal cancer models

(HealthDay)—Prospective validation of existing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) prediction models demonstrates a decrease in their predictive ability, according to a study published online June 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Andres F. Correa, M.D., from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and colleagues validated eight RCC recurrence models and the Tumor, Node, Metastasis (TNM) staging system using data […]

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Longer duration of statin use linked to lower risk for glaucoma

(HealthDay)—Statin use may lower the risk for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), according to a study published online May 2 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Jae H. Kang, Sc.D., from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues evaluated the association between elevated cholesterol levels and statin use and incident POAG among participants (age, ≥40 years) in the Nurses’ Health Study (50,710 participants; […]

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Blueberries may lower cardiovascular risk by up to 20 percent

Dubbed “the silent killer” because it has no visible symptoms in its early stages, hypertension affects approximately 1 in 3 adults in the United States. The condition puts a strain on the cardiovascular system, which in the long run may contribute to heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend that people with high blood […]

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