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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14, 2017 - New research shows maintaining a healthy weight throughout life - more so than four other health behaviors studied - is important to help keep blood pressure in check, according to research presented today at the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension, AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions 2017 in San Francisco. "Increasing blood pressure at younger ages is associated with earlier onset of heart disease and stroke, and U.S. high blood pressure treatment guidelines support maintaining healthy behaviors across the lifespan to limit rises in...

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Live In Hawaii, And Odds Are You'll Need Fewer Prescription Meds

Reach MD - Allergy, Asthma and Immunolog

September 01

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People in Hawaii appear to be much less likely to overuse problematic prescription drugs, including opioid pain medications and antibiotics, than people in the mainland United States. Medicare beneficiaries in Hawaii used fewer opioid pain medications, fewer antibiotics, fewer antipsychotic drugs and fewer drugs labeled as risky for seniors on average than patients in any other state in 2015, according to a ProPublica analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare's prescription program covers more than 42 million seniors and disabled people and pays for more than one in every four prescriptions in the U.S. These...

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Practicing Gratitude can be Good for Mental Health and Well-Being

Home │ psychiatry.org

August 13

Could writing about what you’re thankful for make you feel better? Two studies suggest that it can. Expressing gratitude has been associated with increased well-being, decreased stress and feelings of depression and anxiety. Gratitude practices are among a number of positive psychological interventions focused on prevention and wellness rather than illness. Other examples include interventions relating to creativity, mindfulness, or a building on personal strengths.

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More Kids will be Diagnosed with High Blood Pressure

Reach MD - Allergy, Asthma and Immunolog

August 22

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More children and teens are likely to be categorized as having abnormal blood pressure during their annual wellness visits, based on new recommendations released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics. High blood pressure is mostly a "silent" condition, with no visible symptoms. Yet it can have long-term health consequences, including cardiovascular disease. The new guidelines, aimed at prevention, were published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. They include new diagnosis tables based on normal-weight children. The academy convened a 20-person committee to update the previous guidelines, issued in 2004, and develop new evidence-based recommendations. As part of its work, the...

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Cannabis, or marijuana - the drug extracted from various species of the cannabis plant - is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States, according to data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Recently, medical marijuana - which is used for health treatment purposes - has been legalized in a number of U.S. states. Some studies suggest that controlled cannabis use can reduce chronic pain, and Medical News Today have reported on research that linked marijuana with lower stress levels in consumers. However, medical marijuana has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food...

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