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Lower systolic blood pressure reduces risk of hypertension complication
Lowering systolic blood pressure below the currently recommended target can reduce the risk of left ventricular hypertrophy, the most common complication of high blood pressure, according to new research. (2015-10-13)

Animal study suggests treatment that may improve heart function in heart failure
Thyroid hormones administered to female rats with high blood pressure led to encouraging cardiac improvements, according to a study in the American Journal of Physiology led by NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine researcher Martin Gerdes. Following publication of this 32nd animal study exploring links between cardiac health and thyroid hormones, Gerdes called for clinical studies aimed at improving human heart health. (2015-10-13)

Adult high blood pressure risk identifiable in childhood
Groups of people at risk of having high blood pressure and other related health issues by age 38 can be identified in childhood, new research from New Zealand's University of Otago suggests. The findings are the latest to emerge from the internationally renowned Dunedin Study, which has tracked more than a 1000 people born in Dunedin in 1972-73 from birth to the present. The research is published in the international journal Hypertension. (2015-10-08)

Heavy Internet use may put teens at risk for high blood pressure
Teens who spend hours on the Internet may be at risk for high blood pressure, say researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. In a study published in the Journal of School Nursing, researchers found that teens who spent at least 14 hours a week on the Internet had elevated blood pressure. Of 134 teens described by researchers as heavy Internet users, 26 had elevated blood pressure. (2015-10-06)

NASA tracking Tropical Storm Oho, south of Hawaii
NASA's RapidScat instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station saw that newly formed Central Pacific Ocean Tropical Storm Oho's strongest side was east of its center. By Oct. 5, NOAA's GOES satellite saw a more circular, more uniform circulation. (2015-10-05)

NASA sees Tropical Depression Marty meets its end
Tropical Depression Marty degenerated into a remnant low pressure area early on Oct. 1 after NASA's RapidScat captured a look at its waning winds. (2015-10-01)

NASA's RapidScat sees the end of Tropical Storm Ida
The RapidScat instrument saw former Tropical Storm Ida's waning winds when the International Space Station passed over the remnant low pressure area on Sept. 25, 2015. (2015-09-28)

Some forms of dizziness after getting up may signal bigger problems
People who get dizzy several minutes after standing up may be at risk of more serious conditions and even an increased risk of death, according to new research published in the Sept. 23, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2015-09-23)

Taking blood pressure drugs at bedtime lowers diabetes risk
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that taking blood pressure medications at bedtime, rather than in the morning, reduces blood pressure (BP) whilst asleep and also halves the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (2015-09-23)

NASA's Terra satellite sees Tropical Storm Ida meandering
When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Tropical Storm Ida on September 22, it was meandering and going in circles in the Central Atlantic Ocean. (2015-09-22)

NASA sees formation of Tropical Depression 21W
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over a developing tropical low pressure area in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on Sept. 21 when the latest depression was coming together. The AIRS instrument aboard Aqua used infrared light to determine temperatures of cloud tops and where the strongest storms were located. (2015-09-22)

Interactive health data plus incentives may help lower BP and create lasting changes
Taking small steps with an interactive health platform improved blood pressure, earned incentives. Eighty-five percent of the platform's most engaged users lowered their blood pressure to non-hypertensive. (2015-09-18)

Targeting hypertension by helping pharmacists deliver enhanced patient care
Patients with high blood pressure can benefit from having pharmacists take on an expanded role in their treatment and care according to a new study from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. The RxACTION study, which looked at the impact of offering enhanced pharmacist care in 23 communities across Alberta, demonstrated significant reductions in patients' blood pressure compared to usual care. (2015-09-18)

More aggressive blood pressure treatment found to reduce heart disease and save lives
Loyola University Chicago is among the centers participating in a landmark clinical trial that has found that more intensive management of high blood pressure reduces heart disease rates and saves lives. (2015-09-17)

New imaging technique detects early brain damage from hypertension
A new imaging technique found that some people with high blood pressure also have early signs of brain damage. The damage is linked to difficulties in certain cognitive skills, decision-making, and the ability to regulate emotions. Researchers suggest physicians should start to consider potential brain damage as they treat patients with high blood pressure. (2015-09-17)

New perspectives for long-term climate predictions?
The natural, 11-year cycle of solar activity is apparently influencing long-term climate fluctuations in the Northern Hemisphere. An international team of scientists led by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel showed that the so-called North Atlantic Oscillation, one of the dominant circulation patterns on the Northern Hemisphere, is phased-locked to the decadal solar activity with a delay of one or two years. The study appears today in the international journal Nature Communications. (2015-09-15)

GW participates in landmark study; blood pressure management can reduce heart disease death
Dominic Raj, M.D., director of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension and professor of medicine at the George Washington University, participated in a multi-site landmark study finding cardiovascular disease morbidity is significantly reduced through intensive management of high blood pressure. (2015-09-14)

Researchers assist in landmark NIH study showing intensive blood pressure management may save lives
More intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, and lowers risk of death in a group of adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure. (2015-09-11)

Study supports aggressive treatment of high blood pressure, says ACC president
This is a statement from American College of Cardiology President Kim Allan Williams Sr., M.D., FACC, regarding the National Institutes of Health stopping the SPRINT trial early after demonstrating the positive benefits of lower blood pressure control targets. (2015-09-11)

NASA sees former tropical storm bow out 'Grace-fully'
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over former Tropical Storm Grace and saw the storm had weakened into an open wave of low pressure. Wind data from NASA's RapidScat was also used to confirm Grace's degeneration. (2015-09-09)

NASA's GPM sees Grace weaken to a depression
The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite flew over Grace in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean as it weakened to a depression. GPM found that the weaker storm only contained light rain. (2015-09-08)

NASA sees Tropical Depression Fred fading, new storm developing
The Eastern Atlantic Ocean continues to generate storms, and as satellites are watch Tropical Storm Fred fade over the next couple of days, a new area of low pressure has moved off the coast of western Africa. (2015-09-04)

NASA shows upper-level westerly winds affecting Tropical Storm Fred
Upper-level westerly winds have been affecting Tropical Storm Fred in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean and continue to do so today, September 3. Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed the highest thunderstorms pushed southeast of the storm's center. (2015-09-03)

Distant planet's interior chemistry may differ from our own
As astronomers continue finding new rocky planets around distant stars, high-pressure physicists are considering what the interiors of those planets might be like and how their chemistry could differ from that found on Earth. New work demonstrates that different magnesium compounds could be abundant inside other planets as compared to Earth. (2015-09-01)

Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications
Midday naps are associated with reduced blood pressure levels and prescription of fewer antihypertensive medications, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, Greece. (2015-08-29)

Depression and extremes of blood pressure predict highest rates of harmful vascular events
Depressive symptoms and extremes of blood pressure predict the highest rates of harmful vascular events in patients with existing heart disease, diabetes or stroke, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Bhautesh Jani, clinical academic fellow in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK. (2015-08-29)

Coffee linked with increased cardiovascular risk in young adults with mild hypertension
Coffee drinking is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events (mainly heart attacks) in young adults (18-45) with mild hypertension, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Lucio Mos, a cardiologist at Hospital of San Daniele del Friuli in Udine, Italy. The 12-year study in more than 1,200 patients found that heavy coffee drinkers had a four-fold increased risk while moderate drinkers tripled their risk. (2015-08-29)

UEA research shows high protein foods boost cardiovascular health
Eating foods rich in amino acids could be as good for your heart as stopping smoking or getting more exercise. A new study reveals that people who eat high levels of certain amino acids found in meat and plant-based protein have lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness. And the magnitude of the association is similar to those previously reported for lifestyle risk factors including salt intake, physical activity, alcohol consumption and smoking. (2015-08-27)

Pregnant women with hypertension and their siblings face increased risk of heart disease
Compared with their sister(s) who had normal blood pressure during pregnancy, women who had hypertension in pregnancy were more likely to develop hypertension later in life. Brothers and sisters of women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy were at increased risk of developing high blood pressure later in life. Brothers, but not sisters, of women who had high blood pressure in pregnancy were also at increased risk of developing heart disease. (2015-08-27)

New approach to tackling uncontrolled high blood pressure shows significant results
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust have successfully improved blood pressure control among patients with severe intolerance to antihypertensive medication -- by using medicines in unconventional ways and treating patients with a 'stepped care' approach (where the most effective yet least intensive treatment is delivered to patients first). (2015-08-26)

Record-high pressure reveals secrets of matter
A research team at Linköping University, together with colleagues in Europe and the United States, has shown that at extremely high pressure even the innermost electrons in the atomic nuclei of the metal osmium begin to interact with each other, a phenomenon never witnessed before. The findings have been published in Nature. (2015-08-25)

Danny the 'degenerate' followed by 2 lows
Danny has become a degenerate, that is, the tropical depression weakened. Satellite and Hurricane Hunter aircraft data showed that Danny degenerated into an elongated area of low pressure near the Windward Islands during the afternoon (local time) on Aug. 24. Meanwhile two other developing low pressure areas lie to the east of Danny. (2015-08-24)

NASA sees development of Tropical Storm Kilo
A new tropical storm formed in the Central Pacific Ocean today, Aug. 21, named Kilo. NASA's Aqua satellite passed the storm when it was a developing low pressure area the day before. (2015-08-21)

Hypertensive patients benefit from acupuncture treatments, UCI study finds
Patients with hypertension treated with acupuncture experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half, researchers with the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine have found. (2015-08-19)

Satellite sees the end of Tropical Depression 11E
Tropical Depression 11E came to an end early today, Tuesday, Aug. 18 when the National Hurricane Center noted that the storm degenerated into a remnant low pressure area. (2015-08-18)

Hydrogen sulfide loses its electrical resistance under high pressure at minus 70° Celsius
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany observed that hydrogen sulfide becomes superconductive at minus 70 degree Celsius -- when the substance is placed under a pressure of 1.5 million bar. (2015-08-18)

Satellite movie shows Hawaii Hurricane Hilda's last hoorah
The once hurricane Hilda weakened to a remnant low pressure area early on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Images generated from NOAA's GOES-West satellite were made into an animation that showed the 'last Hoorah' of Hilda as it weakened into a low pressure area on Aug. 14, south of the Big Island of Hawaii. (2015-08-14)

Satellite sees formation of Eastern Pacific's Tropical Storm Hilda
The GOES-West satellite captured images of Tropical Storm Hilda as it developed early on Aug. 6. (2015-08-06)

Pharmacists help patients with hypertension
Patients with hypertension benefit from interacting with a medical team that includes a pharmacist. Two studies showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication regimens to patients, which yielded more effective blood-pressure control results than for those patients who did not have a pharmacist on hand. (2015-07-30)

The result of eating too much salt can be measured in blood pressure
Eating too much salt long term or gradually increasing salt consumption over time both significantly raise the risk of developing high blood pressure. A study of adults with normal blood pressure in Japan highlights the importance of maintaining a lower-salt diet over a lifetime, and confirms previous findings of a strong association between dietary salt and elevated blood pressure. (2015-07-29)

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