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World Health Organization targets hypertension

The World Health Organization is calling for more efforts to prevent and control high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, as part of its annual observation of World Health Day.

According to a WHO news release, hypertension is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, which combined are the world’s top cause of premature death and disability. The release says hypertension contributes to 9.4 million deaths from cardiovascular disease each ...

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Survey: One-third of Americans have high blood pressure

One-third of all U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to a story in the Huffington Post.

A report based on a 2009 survey found that the country’s overall rate of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) rose in nearly every state since 2005 – from 25.8 percent to 28.3 percent.

Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the story says.

The rates vary widely by state, from 35.9 ...

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Study says Vitamin D may reduce blood pressure

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital out of Boston have announced the results of a new study that suggests moderate doses of Vitamin D may help reduce blood pressure.

A report by NPR says the findings are promising because high blood pressure has some well-established risks, including a potentially doubled risk of heart attack or stroke.

Some blood pressure treatments may carry possible health risks as well. For example, two clinical drug ...

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New blood pressure treatment being tested

ABC 30 out of Fresno, Calif., reports on a clinical trial for a new blood pressure treatment called Renal Denervation.

The proposed treatment would target overactive renal nerves, which can cause blood pressure to skyrocket. Renal nerves transmit information from the kidneys to the brain. In Renal Denervation, doctors insert a needle into an artery in the groin near the kidneys and burn the nerves.

The ABC 30 story quotes a doctor ...

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Advice on lowering blood pressure

An article on Money Talks News outlines ways to lower your blood pressure without medications.

One in three Americans suffer from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, which the article describes as a “silent killer.” Although it can cause heart attacks and stroke, the condition can also damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other body parts in people who may have it for years and not know it.

The article notes ...

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Benicar maker sued over gender discrimination

Six current and former female sales representatives have filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo, accusing the company of gender discrimination, according to a story in the Huffington Post.

The plaintiffs allege that the Japanese company pays female sales staff less than men for the same work, promotes women more slowly and treats women who are pregnant or have young children worse than other employees.

Daiichi Sankyo has faced other complaints, notably about one of the drugs ...

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