Does Alcohol Raise Blood Pressure?

Talk about taking some of the “happy” out of happy hour. Experts have known for a while that heavy drinking — meaning eight or more drinks per week for women and 15-plus per week for men — raises your risk for high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension). When blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your…

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6 Common Blood Pressure Myths, Debunked  

Nearly half of all U.S. adults and more than 60 percent of those over the age of 60 have high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. And a big problem is, many of them don’t even know they have it. That’s because unlike a lot of health conditions, high blood…

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I Lost a Tooth — Now What?

Losing a baby tooth when you were a kid might have been exciting, and even profitable if the Tooth Fairy was generous. And, as a child, if you lost a permanent tooth playing sports or in an accident, you might remember the adage to soak the tooth in milk and get to a dentist ASAP. If…

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Does Being Lonely Make You Age Faster?

When it comes to taking care of our health as we age, the focus tends to be on lowering cholesterol, managing blood pressure and other healthy habits. But socializing? “Sometimes we ignore this part,” says Amir Lerman, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Mounting research suggests that could be dangerous. Loneliness has been linked to many negative health…

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Researchers Are Using AI to Find New Alzheimer’s Risk Factors

Brain experts have a pretty good handle on some of the major risk factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s—from a person’s genes to their physical activity levels, how much formal education they’ve received, and how socially engaged they are.  But one promise of AI in medicine is that it can spot less obvious links that humans…

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