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Here’s How High Blood Pressure Can Affect Your Eyes

High blood pressure can do critical damage to your heart. But it affects other parts of the body, too, including the eyes. Believe it or not, when you don’t take care of your heart, you may be causing harm elsewhere, too. Here’s how blood pressure can affect your eyes. High blood pressure can cause eye

What hookah smoking can do to your blood vessels

More and more people are giving up smoking, and they are sensible to do so. Cigarette smoking is “the leading preventable cause of death in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with cigarettes causing over 480,000 yearly deaths. However, as the use of regular cigarettes is declining, more

New finding could unmask blood doping in athletes

A Duke University research team has found a way to help sporting officials detect whether an athlete’s blood has been doped by an infusion of their own stored blood. While tests have been developed to detect two of the three most common methods of dramatically boosting the oxygen-carrying capacity of a competitor’s blood, so-called “autologous”

Simple blood and saliva tests could help prevent heart attacks

Simple blood and saliva tests that cost just £40 could help prevent heart attacks, scientists say Major study proves that scientists can identify people at risk of a heart attack  Scientists found DNA testing can be used to spot those with increased risk Currently more than 190,000 people suffer a heart attack in the UK each year

What’s a dangerous level of blood pressure in pregnancy?

High blood pressure rates could nearly double in women of childbearing age if the latest guidelines are used, according to a new study. But researchers say more investigation is needed to see if those lower blood pressure targets in pregnant women are safe—or effective. The study, published Sept. 10 in the journal Hypertension, set out

Simple new blood test reveals your body’s precise internal clock to guide treatments, improve health

The first simple blood test to identify your body’s precise internal time clock as compared to the external time has been developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists. The test, TimeSignature—which requires only two blood draws—can tell physicians and researchers the time in your body despite the time in the external world. For instance, even if it’s

Children with food insecurity at risk for high blood pressure

Kids with food insecurity, meaning they lack good access to nutritional foods, were more likely to have high blood pressure than kids with secure access to food, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions. “High blood pressure—even in childhood—matters,” said study author Andrew Michael South, M.D., assistant

9 foods to help lower blood sugar at home

One way to control blood sugar is to eat a healthful diet. Generally, foods and drinks that the body absorbs slowly are best because they do not cause spikes and dips in blood sugar. The glycemic index (GI) measures the effects of specific foods on blood sugar levels. People looking to control their levels should

New immune defenders added to blood cell

Our researchers have revealed the identities of new subsets of immune cells at the frontline of our body’s defenses against infection. The research team’s discovery expands the understanding of immune cells called granulocytes – immune cells that can trigger inflammation and engulf microbes to slow an infection’s progress. As well as protecting against infection, granulocytes

Study: Lowering blood pressure helps prevent mental decline

Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, a major study finds. It’s the first time a single step has been clearly shown to help prevent a dreaded condition that has had people trying crossword puzzles,

High Blood Pressure Threatens Aging Brain, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 — Here’s yet another reason to get your blood pressure under control: High blood pressure later in life may contribute to blood vessel blockages and tangles linked to Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. Tracking nearly 1,300 older people until they died, scientists found markedly higher risks of one or more brain

Chloride blood test: Procedure, purpose, and level results

Most people will not be aware that they have hyperchloremia because the symptoms are almost impossible to identify. Doctors often discover the condition from a chloride blood test, which is part of a routine blood screening to monitor or diagnose electrolyte levels. A doctor might do these tests if they suspect a person has any

‘Bad’ antibodies let blood infections rage

Certain antibodies in a patient’s blood stream may enable life-threatening bacterial infections to spread instead of fighting them off, a University of Queensland study has found. UQ Diamantina Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr. Timothy Wells said the discovery may be helpful for treating or preventing sepsis in some patients in the future. Researchers examined how