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High blood pressure: A moving target
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High blood pressure: A moving target
After a review of hundreds of studies, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently revised their guidelines for labelling and treating high blood pressure. Many people, however, can reduce their blood pressure by healthy lifestyles.
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The decline in cervical cancer
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The decline in cervical cancer
With the advent of Pap smears and immunization against certain types of HPV, the incidence of cervical cancer in this country has plummeted in the past 50 years.
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Prevalence of obesity: An upward curve
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Prevalence of obesity: An upward curve
Obesity is a major risk factor for the incidence of many illnesses, including cancer and heart disease, the two leading causes of death in this country.
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Life expectancy takes another dip
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Life expectancy takes another dip
Life expectancy in the U.S. population had a decrease of 0.1 year between 2015 and 2016, according to a data brief by the National Center for Health Statistics. You might say that’s not significant and too minor to even mention. But this is the second year in a row that it has dropped in this country. That’s not a good sign.
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Boston public schools: an asthma-friendly school district
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Boston public schools: an asthma-friendly school district
School nurses see their fair share of asthma. “In 2015-16, we had 10,724 patients with a documented diagnosis of asthma,” explained Patricia Kenney, nurse liaison for Children with Special Health Care Needs in the Boston Public Schools That amounts to almost 19 percent of the student population.
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Mold: a common asthma trigger
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Mold: a common asthma trigger
Mold is a trigger for many people with asthma. It is possible to prevent mold or eradicate it if it forms.
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Severe persistent asthma
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Severe persistent asthma
Asthma ranges in severity from periodic to severe persistent. However, even persistent asthma can be controlled with medication and avoidance of triggers.
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Exercise: both trigger and treatment for asthma
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Exercise: both trigger and treatment for asthma
Swimming is one of the best exercises for those with asthma. The wetness and warmth of the water can reduce the risk of an attack.
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Healthy eating: an integral part of asthma treatment
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Healthy eating: an integral part of asthma treatment
Although there is no particular diet a person with asthma must follow, a healthy eating plan of whole foods and healthy fats are recommended for overall good health.
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The key  to asthma control
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The key to asthma control
A recent study found that one third of people with asthma did not correctly use their inhalers. Errors in administration of asthma medication is one of the major causes of poor control.
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Triggers: Hiding in plain sight
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Triggers: Hiding in plain sight
Triggers are substances that increase the risk of asthma flare-ups. They differ from person to person and in intensity.
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Asthma: A closer look
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Asthma: A closer look
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways that has increased in incidence over the past decade.
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