.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........There’s an irony at the heart of the treatment of high blood pressure. The malady itself often has no symptoms, yet the medicines to treat it – and to prevent a stroke or heart attack later – can make people feel crummy.“It’s not that you don’t want to take it, because you know it’s going to help you. But it’s the getting used to it,” said Sharon Fulson, a customer service representative from Nashville, Tenn., who is trying to monitor and control her hypertension.The daily pills Fulson started taking last year make her feel groggy and nervous. Other people on the drugs report dizziness, nausea and diarrhea, and men, in particular, can have trouble with arousal.ADVERTISEMENT“All of these side effects are worse than the high blood … [Read more...] about Is the cure worse than the affliction?
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(iStock) Researchers just discovered a simple way to fight obesity, heart disease, and mental illness – by giving people puppies. That may sound barking mad. But a new round of medical research shows that dogs, cats, and other four-legged friends can significantly boost people's physical and mental health – to the point where interacting with pets can actually be an effective form of therapy. Consider how pets could help the 75 million Americans who suffer from high blood pressure, which increases the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. In one study of more than 1,500 people aged 60 and over, dog owners had systolic blood pressure that was 3.34 milligrams of mercury lower than that for non-owners. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure in a person's blood vessels when his heart beats – the first number in a blood pressure reading. A difference of just over 3.34 milligrams of mercury may not sound like much. But for each milligram of … [Read more...] about The cure for obesity, heart disease, and anxiety? Puppies!
Spain was once again ranked highly worldwide for its residents' long life expectancy. The Local looks at Spaniards' secrets for what keeps them kicking longer than others. Spain was ranked second behind only Japan for life expectancy among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) list of advanced economies in a report on Wednesday. Spaniards’ life expectancy at birth is 83.2 years, compared to 83.4 in Japan, which is well above the OECD average of 80.5. The life expectancy in the UK is 81.1 and in the US is 78.8. The OECD report on Wednesday did point out that Spain still has a way to go on reducing things like tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity rates. But what is it about Spain that still makes its residents live so long? The Local takes a look. 1. The diet People eating tapas in Madrid. Photo: Gerard Julien /AFP. Previous studies have praised the positive health effects of a Mediterranean diet, with one report in 2013 … [Read more...] about Want to know the secret to long life? Live in Spain
Peggy Bargmann has been a registered nurse working with Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities for 30 years.The keys to keeping the mind sharp, she has found, have much more to do with socialization than medical science.In turn, action is required by people whose brain power is showing signs, even ever so slight, of slipping. The necessary steps are measured in two simple words, Bargmann says: Do something.“If your doctor told you that you had heart disease, you don’t just lay in the bed and die,” she reasons. “You say, ‘How do I keep my heart healthy?’ And you go out and start doing things. I think we need to have the same approach for individuals who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – what are we going to do to keep you as healthy as possible?”For Bargmann, the answer is to join the Brain Fitness Club Inc., a program she directs. Joann Blanck, as assistant director of nursing at Partners in … [Read more...] about The key to keeping your mind sharp? Do something
Split View Views Article contents Figures & tables Video Audio Supplementary Data PDF Cite Citation Dhruv S. Kazi, P. Gregg Greenough, Rishi Madhok, Aaron Heerboth, Ahmed Shaikh, Jennifer Leaning, Satchit Balsari; Using mobile technology to optimize disease surveillance and healthcare delivery at mass gatherings: a case study from India's Kumbh Mela, Journal of Public Health, Volume 39, Issue 3, 1 September 2017, Pages 616–624, https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdw091 Download citation file: RIS (Zotero) EndNote BibTex Medlars ProCite RefWorks Reference Manager © 2018 Oxford University Press Close Permissions Share Email Twitter Facebook Navbar Search Filter All All Journals Mobile Microsite Search Term Sign In Register Close search filter All All Journals search input Advanced Search Abstract … [Read more...] about Using mobile technology to optimize disease surveillance and healthcare delivery at mass gatherings: a case study from India’s Kumbh Mela