(CNN)Resveratrol, a compound produced in the skin of grapes to defend against insects and bacteria, is present in red wine. Mice that were fed large quantities of this compound experienced a beneficial drop in blood pressure, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Circulation. Resveratrol may someday be used to develop a new class of high blood pressure drugs for humans, believe the researchers, who explored the mechanics of how it works. However, because they did not experiment on human patients, it has not been proven that these "animal findings can be translated to humans," wrote the study authors, from King's College London. For Alzheimer's patients, resveratrol brings new hope This is not your cue to start drinking copious amounts of red wine, they added. Globally, about 40% of adults 25 and older have high blood pressure, while in the United States the same is true of 1 in 3 adults, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High … [Read more...] about Red wine’s resveratrol decreases blood pressure in mice: Could it do the same in human heart patients?
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Source: (c) pressmaster/fotosearch As a psychologist who trains therapists around the country in new ways to combat anxiety, I have become interested in the relationship between anxiety and high blood pressure. Which causes which? And can treatments for one help with the other? Here’s the latest that I've found in my search for answers. Does anxiety cause high blood pressure? The answer seems to be complex: No and yes. Sheldon Sheps, M.D., writes for the Mayo Clinic that, “Anxiety doesn't cause long-term high blood pressure (hypertension). But episodes of anxiety can cause dramatic, temporary spikes in your blood pressure. If those temporary spikes occur frequently, such as every day, they can cause damage to your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys, as can chronic high blood pressure." So even though anxiety may not cause chronic high blood pressure, it can cause similar health problems. Dr. Sheps adds a warning about … [Read more...] about Why Do Anxiety and High Blood Pressure Go Hand-In-Hand?
We commend Carpenter et al (2013) for examining risks associated with incidence of SIDS but question their conclusions as unsubstantiated because of faulty and missing data, as well as confounding of criteria used to define bedsharing and risks—a challenge in any meta-analysis. Their study examines some of the most salient risk factors for SIDS events—infant sleep position, parental use of cigarette smoking, infant birth weight and age. These risks have been well-documented as increasing risk of SIDS events. Thus, it is not surprising or informative to note that these factors remain risks in a re-evaluation of these findings. While the risks examined do contribute significantly to increasing possibility of SIDS (see Chart 1 below), so do other factors such as bedding and temperature (see Box below for lists of risks not considered). Without consideration of these risks, it is not possible to determine that one variable, such as bedsharing itself is inherently … [Read more...] about SIDS: Risks and Realities
LOS ANGELES: Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can predict the life expectancy of heart failure patients, an advance that may allow clinicians to make more informed decisions while caring for heart patients. The researchers, including those from the University of California (UC) at San Diego in the US, said while predicting mortality is important in patients with heart failure, current strategies for evaluating this risk are only modestly successful and can be subjective. As part of the study, published in the journal 'European Journal of Heart Failure', the researchers developed a machine learning algorithm based on de-identified electronic health records data of nearly 6,000 heart failure patients at UC San Diego Health in the US. They developed a risk score that determined low- and high-risk of death by identifying eight variables collected from the majority of patients with heart failure. These variables include blood pressure during heart … [Read more...] about Suffering from heart trouble? This AI tool can predict life expectancy
MUMBAI: Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray was admitted to Lilavati hospital on Monday after he complained of severe chest pain and breathlessness. Mr.Thackeray was discharged from the hospital in the evening after an angiography and other tests were completed. Uddhav Thackeray has been advised rest. After getting discharge from the hospital Uddhav was driven home from the hospital by his estranged cousin Raj Thackeray. Later in the evening Raj also had a meeting with Sena supremo Bal Thackeray at the Thackeray residence. Uddhav Thackeray complained of severe chest pain in the morning on Monday. He was immediately taken to Lilavati hospital in Bandra. Mr. Thackeray was admitted at about 10.45 am and was advised several tests including angiography since he complained of breathlessness. Former speaker of the Lok Sabha and Sena leader Manohar Joshi said "Mr.Thackeray was taken to the ICU first to check his vital parameters and later advised some tests. But the doctors felt … [Read more...] about Uddhav Thackeray’s heart trouble brings estranged Thackeray cousins together