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Cells of the Immune System Implicated in High Blood Pressure-Related Dementia

High blood pressure transforms cells of the immune system that reside around cerebral blood vessels and normally protect the brain into agents ...

Childhood adversity linked to blood pressure dysfunction

•Children and adults with a history of childhood poverty, mistreatment or family dysfunction may have poor blood pressure regulation. ...

Link between obese mothers and children's high blood pressure

Brain receptor identified as key link between obese mothers and high blood pressure in children ... Full story

Common high blood pressure meds affect mood disorders

•Antihypertensive medications affect not only blood pressure but also mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder. •Calcium antagonists and beta blockers might be associated with an increased risk for mood disorders, while angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers appear to decrease mood disorder risk. •Thiazide diuretics do not seem to impact mood disorder risk. ... Full story

High blood pressure and brain health are linked

•High blood pressure is a major risk factor for vascular cognitive impairment and is emerging as a potential risk factor for Alzheimer's disease ... Full story

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 same technology reduced self-reported disability from migraines and associated sleep and mood disorders. ... Full story

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 aimed at lowering systolic blood pressures to 140 mm Hg or less among high-risk adults. ... Full story

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

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