July 16, 2013

Soaring Since 1990s

1 Fats and Salt Raising Kids’ Blood Pressure

Blood pressure in America's kids has soared in the past two decades, and researchers blame a diet too heavy with fats and salt. Two large-scale studies of U.S. children ages 8 to 17 found 15.8 percent of boys and 8.2 percent of girls had high blood pressure in the period of 1988-1994, but by 1998-2008, the percentages were 19.2 for boys and 12.6 for girls, a rise of 27 percent over roughly 13 years. The researchers said the rise in blood pressure was linked to an increase in BMI, especially waist circumference, and to salt intake. Over 70 percent of those studied consumed more than the recommended amount of fats, and over 80 percent consumed excessive salt. High blood pressure is a serious risk elevator for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes and other health problems.

More at Nbcnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Americans Ignorant of High Blood Pressure Dangers

Tags: Hypertension in Children, American Kids High Blood Pressure, US Kids Rising Blood Pressure, American Kids' Diets, Unhealthy Children's Food

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Nuts to You

2 Nuts Reduce Risk of Dying from Cancer

Eating nuts, particularly walnuts, lowers the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease says a PREDIMED nutrition trial that studied the effects of a Mediterranean diet versus a low fat diet on the prevention of heart disease in more than 7000 adults, ages 55 to 90. Nut eaters had lower BMIs, were more physically active and less likely to smoke. Plus, the people who ate the most nuts had a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes and hypertension and a 39% lower mortality risk. Those who ate walnuts had a 45% lower mortality risk than non-nut eaters. People who ate more than 3 servings per week of nuts reduced their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 55% and cancer by 40%. Researchers are not sure why nuts prevent premature mortality or why walnuts are better for you than other nuts.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Study: Eating Nuts Lowers Cholesterol 5 Percent

Tags: Nuts, Walnuts, PREDIMED, Nuts and Heart Disease, Nuts and Cancer, Mortality Risk, Lowering Mortality Risk, Premature Mortality

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Apple Investigating

3 IPhone Shocks Woman to Death?

Ma Ailun, A 23-year old Chinese woman reportedly received a fatal shock from her iPhone when she answered it while it was charging. The device is an iPhone 5 that’s been handed over to the authorities for investigation. Ailun’s sister took to Twitter after her death and said that her sister fell to the floor right after answering the phone. “We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter,” Apple said in a statement to Reuters. Apple did not clarify whether this was an isolated incident or if similar cases of shock have been reported. Experts say the likelihood of someone being electrocuted by a charging iPhone is very low. Although reports say Ailun was using the handset’s stock charger, China is flooded with lookalike iPhone knockoffs which may have been to blame.

More at Thediplomat.com | Hat tip to washingtontimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: IPhone That Can Detect Your Heartbeat in a Minute

Tags: Apple, IPhone, Shock, Electrocution, Ma Ailun, Woman Shocked to Death by IPhone

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