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African-American Sisters Aging With HIV and Co-Morbidities

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Imani* was 32 when she contracted HIV. Having watched many of her sister-friends die as a result of the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle ag...

Processed Feud: How the Food Industry Shapes Nutrition

Andy Bellatti | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Public health and nutrition dialogues need clear, explicit messages. Naturally-occurring sugars and added sugars are very different animals. The same goes for processed foods. How is it that a national nutrition organization can simply choose not to recognize that cooking a pot of oatmeal is vastly different from making a Three Musketeers bar in a processing plant?

Can Fat Baboons Help Us Understand the 'Obesity Paradox'?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Does our present high-sugar diet do to us what the "garbage dump diet" did to the baboons? Weight gain, pre-diabetes and alarming cholesterol elevations are all results of our diet too. Like the baboons, we humans will certainly respond to dietary insults in a variety of ways.

How Blood Pressure In Middle Age Might Impact Your Brain Later On

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.05.2014 | Fifty

Doctors have long known that high blood pressure -- which makes the heart work too hard -- can lead to heart disease, kidney disease and blindness. No...

Yagana Shah

7 Foods Science Proves Will Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty

When it comes to blood pressure, your diet can either be your biggest enemy or your greatest ally. If you suffer from hypertension, you've likely been...

Hypertension Control Means Celebrating Something That Doesn't Happen

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, making this is a great time to discuss this condition -- what it is, why it matters and what can be done about it.

Pulp Fiction? The Bottom Line on Juicing

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Your juicer may belong on the shelf next to the other fallen health products. It is a device that takes healthy foods (fruits and vegetables) and renders them less healthy. It eliminates fiber, turns solid food into a liquid and facilitates a huge increase in consumption.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

On World Health Day, Take Heart in Knowing the Global Fight Is Going Strong

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

When the visionary leaders who created the United Nations got down to business, one of the first subjects they tackled was trying to improve the health of people all around the world.

Using Exercise as Medicine in Traditional Health Care Settings

Brad Stulberg | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

If exercise as medicine is to overcome cultural challenges and prosper, a large emphasis must also be placed on the process of behavior change. This requires health care systems to go far beyond just telling patients to exercise.

The New Hypertension Guidelines: Should We Let Up on Blood Pressure Control?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

I believe there is an epidemic of overtreatment, but not because the blood pressure level that we aim for is too low. The current targets have a fabulously successful track record; they should not be abandoned.

The Beloved Community: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Prescription for a Healthy Society

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the "Beloved Community." Economic and social justice are the twin pillars supporting the Beloved Community. These twin pillars are also necessary for a healthy society. What would be the health impacts of living in such a society?

Yes, You Can Lose Weight Eating Nothing But McDonald's, But That's Not the Point

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Privilege is ultimately front and center here. Mr. Cisna could have stopped his fast-food diet at any point. Many Americans, however, are beholden to unhealthy eating out of necessity. We owe it to them to help build a healthier food system, rather than hold up fast-food chains as beacons of health while simultaneously chastising individuals for making "bad choices."

The White Coats Are Coming!

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Cat del Valle Castellanos

White-Coat Hypertension, which sounds slightly less ridiculous, so I'm going to stick with that. If I hadn't been sitting on the floor in front of the doctor's air conditioner an hour before, I wouldn't have believed this "condition" exists.

The Risky Business of Managing Your Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 12.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

We are all masters of the universe in our own lives. Let's act like it when it comes to our health.

Are Your Blood Pressure Pills Also Protecting Your Mind?

Posted 10.17.2013 | Fifty

Thank your lucky pills if you have high blood pressure. Certain medications for hypertension may help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's. ...

Improving Our Nation's Health, Community by Community

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

While heart disease and stroke are major threats for all Americans, certain segments of our population are hit the hardest.

The Most Important Reason To Have More Sex

Posted 08.30.2013 | Fifty

Earlier this summer, a British psychologist released research showing that regular sex can make you look seven years younger. But why is it, specifica...

Recent Controversy Over Reducing Sodium Intake

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Rigid exclusion of all sodium from our diet is difficult to do and could conceivably be harmful. Moderation can only help and will not hurt us. The goal of reducing salt intake should not be cast aside.

No Copays, Easier-To-Take Medicine May Reduce Blood Pressure

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a ...

Playing 'The Black Card' Linked To High Blood Pressure, And More Health News This Week

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.16.2013 | Black Voices

While smoking, excess weight and age are all known risk factors for high blood pressure, a new trigger for hypertension has entered the consciousness ...

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, Protect Your Heart, and Save Billions of Dollars in Health Care Costs

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Elliott Negin

Does nine servings a day sound like a heavy lift? Well, consider this: If we ate just one more serving a day -- one banana or a large carrot -- we would save $5 billion annually in health care expenditures and prevent more than 30,000 heart-related deaths.

Who Should Be Tested For Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

If you are one of the millions who suffer from either Type 2 diabetes or hypertension, you can improve your health and lower your risks if you are properly evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea.

What Untreated Sleep Apnea Means For Your Blood Pressure

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

The more we learn about sleep and sleep disorders, the more we realize that the symptoms of fatigue and sleepiness experienced by those with chronic sleep disruption are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In fact, poor sleep can exert its effects on nearly all medical conditions.

Public Journal Club: New Method in Improving Blood Pressure Control

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although further investigations may be useful in further legitimizing this innovative method in controlling blood pressure, this study demonstrates that there may be more effective ways in managing hypertension than the current standard of care.