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In Kidney Disease Patients, Low Blood Pressure Increases Stroke Risk

June 19, 2018

For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the risk of stroke is increased with low blood pressure as well as high blood pressure, reports a study in the March Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Our study confirmed that individuals with CKD and elevated blood pressure are at increased risk of stroke," comments Dr. Daniel E. Weiner of Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston. "Further, we found that individuals with the lowest systolic blood pressures and moderate kidney disease...

Exercising Just Got Easier For Busy People, Study Shows

June 18, 2018

If you're the type of person who invokes the "not enough time" clause when it comes to exercising, it's time to find a new excuse. Researchers who have been studying interval training have found that it not only takes less time than what is typically recommended, but the regimen does not have to be "all out" to be effective in helping reduce the risk of such diseases at Type 2 diabetes. The study appears in the March issue of The Journal of Physiology. "What we've been able to show is that int...

Biomarker Of Breathing Control Abnormality Associated With Hypertension And Stroke

June 17, 2018

A study in the July 1 issue of the journal SLEEP identified a distinct ECG-derived spectrographic phenotype, designated as narrow-band elevated low frequency coupling (e-LFCNB), that is associated with prevalent hypertension, stroke, greater severity of sleep disordered breathing and sleep fragmentation in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Results indicate that the odds ratio for prevalent stroke was 1.65 [CI: 1.19-29] in those with versus without the presence of e-LFCNB. T...

Less Awareness Of Stroke Warning Signs Found In People At High Risk Of Stroke

June 16, 2018

People at the highest risk of having a stroke - the elderly and those who have had a previous stroke - are less likely to know the five warning signs of stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009. Researchers also found that: People with lower income and less education are less aware of stroke symptoms than those who earn more money and are more educated. Women and whites were significantly more knowledgeable about stroke ...

The Threat To Crops From 'Red Mud' Disaster

June 15, 2018

As farmers in Hungary ponder spring planting on hundreds of acres of farmland affected by last October's red mud disaster, scientists are reporting that high alkalinity is the main threat to a bountiful harvest, not toxic metals. In a study in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, they also describe an inexpensive decontamination strategy using the mineral gypsum, an ingredient in plaster. Erik Smolders and colleagues note that a dam burst at a factory processing aluminum ore, flo...