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      "Propranol, a medication used to treat high blood pressure, was found to reduce the memory of horrific events such as a plane crash." 11-05

  1. -07-07-07 Study: Chocolate May Help Reduce Blood Pressure (
      But the study focused on such a small amount of chocolate for a reason. 'If you eat too much of it, you gain weight, which can produce hypertension,' says Taubert. So anyone looking for an excuse to eat a Hershey's Special Darkbar would have to make that bar last almost a week to get the benefits shown in this study without also risking the unfavorable effects of fat and sugar. 'The low and regular dose is important,' says Taubert. So is the darkness: The sweeter and milkier your chocolate is, the less cocoa it has—and the fewer beneficial chemicals." 07-07.

  1. Bulge Battles for Black Americans (CBS News)
      "The black waistline is bulging. The result: heart disease kills blacks at a rate 30 percent higher rate than whites. Diabetes is twice as prevalent and four out of every 10 blacks have high blood pressure, CBS News correspondent Mika Brzezinksi reports." 11-05

  2. Early Detection of Alzheimer's Soon Possible (BBC News)
      "Early dementia could be detected with a simple eye test, similar to those used to test for high blood pressure and diabetes, US scientists believe."

      "The scientists believe the technology, known as quasi-elastic light scattering, may detect the very earliest stages of amyloid deposits in the lens, even when they appear completely clear to the naked eye." 07-06

  3. Heart - Interpreting Systolic and Dystolic Numbers (
      Provides a simple and clear interpretation of information on blood pressure. 12-01

  4. High Blood Pressure (
      Provides detailed information, listed by condition. 8-04

  5. High Blood Pressure Associated With Brain Shrinkage (CBS News)
      "You may be at risk for shrinkage in areas of your brain that have been linked to dementia even if your blood sugar is just on the high end of the normal range." 09-12

  6. Lower Your Blood Pressure (ABC News)
      "The doctors talked about several simple steps to lower your blood pressure:

      • Lose 10 percent of your body weight
      • Exercise 30 minutes a day
      • Manage your stress
      • Every day, eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables, which are high in potassium, folate and calcium." 7-05

  7. Pulmonary Hypertension (
      "High blood pressure in the arteries that supply the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (PHT)." 6-05

  8. Remote Vital Signs Monitoring (
      New medical devices will be able to monitor vital signs through a wireless patch that is worn, giving better information to doctors and possibly costing less than an office visit.

      " 'It's almost impossible to characterize someone's blood pressure in a medical office,' Banet said. 'But that creates problems. What if you overmedicate, or what happens if their blood pressure is low (during the test), and you miss something?' " 9-05

  1. Fast Food and Health (MSNBC News)
      Describes the decline in health of film producer, Morgan Spurlock. "He decided to make a documentary—his first feature-length film—in which he would, in an attempt to explore why Americans are so fat, eat at McDonald’s three times a day for 30 solid days."

      "With regular visits to the doctor, interviews with experts on fast food and chats with regular folk on the road, the viewer gets a front-row seat as the formerly fit filmmaker eats everything on the menu, packing on the pounds, and looking—and feeling—worse in each successive frame. McDonald’s’ response? The home of the Happy Meal declined to comment in the film but has released statements saying that its menu offers an array of choices, some healthier than others."

      "My body just basically falls apart over the course of this diet. I start to get tired; I start to get headaches; my liver basically starts to fill up with fat because there’s so much fat and sugar in this food. My blood sugar skyrockets, my cholesterol goes up off the charts, my blood pressure becomes completely unmanageable. The doctors were like 'You have to stop.' ”1-04


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