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Sound therapy may balance brain signals to reduce blood pressure, migraines

•A noninvasive neurotechnology that identifies and translates unbalancedbrain electrical activity into audible tones was associatedlower blood pressure and improved heart rate variability. •The ...

Lowering blood pressure’s top number could prevent 100,000-plus deaths a year

•Aggressively lowering systolic blood pressure to 120 mm Hg or less could prevent more than 100,000 deaths yearly. •Current medical practice is generally ...

Link discovered between preterm birth and risk of heart disease

Being born extremely early affects blood vessel cell development, and may explain why adults born pre-term are at increased risk of high blood pressure ... Full story

Size is everything when it comes to high blood pressure

The size of a grain of rice, the carotid body, located between two major arteries that feed the brain with blood, has been found to control your blood pressure. ... Full story

Immune cells can regulate blood pressure

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that the human immune system has a hitherto unknown role – blood pressure regulation. Collaborating with colleagues from Canada, they have found that a special kind of immune cell called acetylcholine-producing lymphocytes can regulate blood pressure in laboratory mice. The study, which is published in Nature Biotechnology, could open the way for new forms of treatment for hypertension. ... Full story

New advances on the genetic basis of hypertension and blood pressure released today

Three major new studies, published today in Nature Genetics, provide novel insights into the genetic basis of hypertension and blood pressure, with the contribution of the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol. ... Full story

Hypertension: releasing the pressure at its source

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Afferent Pharmaceuticals have identified a potential new way of treating high blood pressure, or hypertension, by targeting aberrant nerve signals in the carotid bodies, which sit on the common carotid arteries on each side of the neck. ... Full story

For the first time in history, high blood pressure is more common in lower-income countries

•Nearly one-third of the adult population worldwide had hypertension in 2010. •For the first time in history, high blood pressure is more common in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. •Three-quarters of the world’s adults with hypertension live in low- and middle-income countries and may lack access to proper care. •From 2000 to 2010, high blood pressure prevalence decreased in high-income countries while increasing in low- and middle-income countries. ... Full story

Magnesium may modestly lower blood pressure

•People receiving about 368 mg/day of magnesium for about three months had overall reductions in systolic blood pressure of 2.00 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure of 1.78 mm Hg. •Magnesium might only be effective among people with magnesium deficiency or insufficiency. ... Full story

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