January 12, 2013

Especially Women & under-45s

1 Low Wages Linked to Hypertension

Researchers at the University of California at Davis have found a surprisingly strong association between take home pay and hypertension, with working people who earn the lowest wages running a greater risk of high blood pressure than those with higher salaries. The link was especially strong for women and for people aged 25 to 44, two groups not usually susceptible to what is typically a problem for older people and for men. The study indicated that doubling the wages of younger workers could reduce their risk of hypertension by 25 to 30 percent, while doubling the wages of women could reduce their risk by 30 to 35 percent. Hypertension currently costs the U.S. an estimated $90-plus billion a year in health care, medical treatments, and missed work days.

More at Newsmaxhealth.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Minorities More Apt to Not Refill Hypertension Meds

Tags: Hypertension, Hypertension and Income, Low Wages and Illness, Income and High Blood Pressure, U.C. Davis Hypertension Study

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Marketing Ploy or Real Benefits?

2 Energy Drinks Send Many to the ER

Emergency room visits linked to energy drinks numbered 20,783 in 2011, finds a new government report. People ages 18-25 accounted for the largest group of patients who sought treatment for headaches, anxiety and heart attacks linked to products from this $10+ billion industry which has come under scrutiny after the FDA received numerous reports of deaths and injuries in which the drinks were mentioned. (A mention does not indicate that the drinks played a role in the injury or death.) About 42% of people treated in the ER consumed the drinks with alcohol or stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin. “Health professionals can discourage use of energy drinks by explaining that perceived health benefits are largely due to marketing techniques rather than scientific evidence,” the report said.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Energy Drink May Be Linked to Five Deaths

Tags: Emergency Room Visits, Energy Drinks, Energy Drinks and Alcohol, Energy Drinks and Heart Problems, Food and Drug Administration, Energy Drinks and ER Visits, Energy Drinks and Adderall, Energy Drinks and Ritalin

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