The problem: Too much sodium can raise blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Researchers supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are trying to unravel the mechanisms linking excess sodium and heart disease, a complex connection that is poorly understood. Here are five simple ways you can reduce sodium in your diet:Choose fresh foods over salty, processed foodsEat more fruits and vegetables. That includes limiting or avoiding salty meats like bacon, ham, and deli meats. A recent NHLBI-funded study found that adding less salt to food can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, particularly heart failure and ischemic heart disease.
That's the situation for autistic First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, according to a new national report assessing autism services across Canada. On-reserve health care is the responsibility of the federal government, but most autism services are delivered by provincial health authorities. "A lot of Indigenous health research is deficit-oriented," Bruno says. Bruno stresses that such culturally appropriate services are needed for autistic Indigenous people and their families. Explore further Guidelines for inclusive language in autism research4 months ago Medical Xpress
Everyone in a district of 1.8 million people in China's southern metropolis of Guangzhou was ordered to stay home Saturday to undergo virus testing and a major city in the southwest closed schools as another rise in infections was reported. A total of 3,775 infections were found in Guangzhou, a city of 13 million, including 2,996 in people who showed no symptoms, according to the NHC. Everyone in a district of 1.8 million people in China's southern metropolis of Guangzhou was ordered to stay home Saturday to undergo virus testing and a major city in the southwest closed schools as another rise in infections was reported. Credit: AP Photo/Mark SchiefelbeinBarriers form a security checkpoint in the Haizhu district in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. As the country reported 10,729 new COVID cases on Friday, more than 5 million people were under lockdown in the southern manufacturing hub Guangzhou and the western megacity Chongqing.4 months ago Medical Xpress
OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval; CVH, cardiovascular health; TPE, total polyphenol excretion expressed as mg gallic acid equivalent (GAE)/g creatinine; T1, first tertile of TPE ( 140.5 mg GAE/g creatinine); SS, smoking status; BMI, body mass index; PA, physical activity; TC, total cholesterol; BP, blood pressure; BG, blood glucose. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-19684-6The consumption of polyphenols in adolescents is associated with a better cardiovascular health, according to a collaborative research study which includes the participation of the University of Barcelona, the Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS, the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition Networking Biomedical Research Center (CIBEROBN), the Spanish Cardiovascular Research Network (CIBERCV) and the SHE Foundation. "With the results of this study, we observed that a higher urinary polyphenol excretion is linearly associated with a higher cardiovascular health index in adolescents aged 11-14, specially in children. Explore further Extra virgin olive oil retains health properties when used for cookingMore information: Emily P. Laveriano-Santos et al, Total urinary polyphenols and ideal cardiovascular health metrics in Spanish adolescents enrolled in the SI Program: a cross-sectional study, Scientific Reports (2022). Journal information: Scientific Reports Emily P. Laveriano-Santos et al, Total urinary polyphenols and ideal cardiovascular health metrics in Spanish adolescents enrolled in the SI Program: a cross-sectional study,(2022).4 months ago Medical Xpress
It reached pandemic proportions at some point in the first quarter of 2020 at which point the World Health Organization officially declared the global COVID-19 pandemic. The team has now investigated how Google Trends, the nature and frequency of search terms being used by the public, might allow the trajectory of the pandemic to be predicted. Fundamentally, the details of the historical Google Trends contain useful information that correlated with the number of patients being admitted to intensive care units, the number of deaths and excess mortality in Italian regions at the time. More information: Laura Serlenga et al, Searching for the peak: Google Trends and the first COVID-19 wave in Italy, International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics (2022). Laura Serlenga et al, Searching for the peak: Google Trends and the first COVID-19 wave in Italy,(2022).4 months ago Medical Xpress
Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public DomainC+—that's Aotearoa New Zealand's overall grade in the most comprehensive global assessment of physical activity in children and adolescents. The Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance's Global Matrix 4.0 used ten indicators related to physical activity to score countries' performance. This is in keeping with a trend of low and declining active transport over the last decade. But even when better active transport options are in place, it takes time for people to change how they travel. Providing a range of safe and welcoming opportunities for physical activity that meet young peoples' needs is essential.4 months ago Medical Xpress
Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public DomainA new study finds that sexual side effects of cancer treatment are discussed far less frequently with female patients than with male patients, even when the treatment directly affects sex organs. Each year, roughly 13,000 news cases of cervical cancer and more than 220,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. Prostate cancer trials, compared to cervical cancer trials, were significantly more likely to include sexual function as a primary or secondary endpoint (17% vs. 6%, p=0.04). "It's easy for us to prescribe different medications for our male patients, but for our female patients, we don't have that first step. Survivorship programs and sexual therapists also can help patients better understand possible long-term sexual side effects of cancer and treatment.5 months ago Medical Xpress
UK ambulance workers readied to walk out on Wednesday, a day after nurses staged their second stoppage, in a widening dispute with the government which is refusing to cede to above-inflation demands on pay. On Wednesday, ambulance staff including paramedics and call handlers go on strike, prompting warnings from healthcare leaders. Unions representing both National Health Service (NHS) nurses and ambulance workers have threatened further stoppages in the new year if the government keeps refusing to discuss pay. "It's really unfortunate, that come January, we will see more hospitals being involved and striking and that means more nursing staff involved," chief Pat Cullen said. YouGov polling published Tuesday showed two-thirds of Britons support striking nurses, with similar support for ambulance staff (63 percent).3 months ago Medical Xpress