May 29, 1991 |
Predicting who will get high blood pressure is an inexact science, but two recent studies suggest that you are more likely to have hypertension if you are toothless or have trouble metabolizing sugar. * In a UC San Francisco study, researchers led by dentist John Hutton found that toothless people who do not wear dentures are more likely to have high blood pressure than denture wearers.
January 14, 2000 |
Millions of people classified with high blood pressure may not really have the problem after all, according to a provocative UCLA study that counters the prevailing wisdom and questions government health guidelines for treating hypertension. The study, which appears today in the Lancet medical journal, drew sharp criticism from hypertension researchers, who said it ignored extensive clinical evidence on the benefits of controlling hypertension.
March 24, 1987 |
For decades, it has been commonly thought that routine therapy for high blood pressure began with the doctor's prescription for anti-hypertensive drugs. This reflex response has made anti-hypertensive agents into a financial bonanza for drug companies. But while drug therapy for high blood pressure is often effective, it has always existed alongside a variety of drug-free alternatives, including dietary modification, exercise and biofeedback.
December 17, 1985 |
The patient, a 12-year-old girl, had been suffering from periodic bouts of sweating, headaches and stomachaches. Over the past two or three months, the child had lost 20 pounds, and she complained about not being able to see well. At one time her blood pressure measured normal, but now it was 220/160, dangerously high. Puzzled by the girl's symptoms, her doctor, a local pediatrician, called Dr. Ellin Lieberman, chief of the nephrology division at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.
November 26, 1992 |
Why are some patients able to keep their high blood pressure under control while others wind up in the hospital with a severe and dangerous medical emergency? Lack of a primary-care doctor is the most important factor that puts such patients at risk of severe, uncontrolled hypertension, a new study of minority patients reports. Lack of health insurance also is a risk factor, suggesting the importance of financial barriers to care.
December 10, 2001 |
White-coat hypertension--blood pressure that is high only in the doctor's office--is not just a harmless case of the nerves but may signal early heart damage that should not be ignored, new research suggests. The condition may require treatment either with diet and exercise or medication, Italian researchers say. The study by researchers at the University of Insubria in Varese, Italy, appears in today's edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.
May 16, 1993 |
One of the obstacles in treating hypertension is getting people to take it seriously, partly because of myths such as these: * Myth: Hypertension only strikes people who eat high-cholesterol, high-sodium foods and who don't get enough exercise. Such traits certainly are associated with high blood pressure, but many people with good lifestyle habits develop high blood pressure. * Myth: High blood pressure starts at a certain "magic number."
March 25, 2002 |
Reporting on a study that spanned three decades, researchers said Sunday that drinking an average of two cups of coffee per day is not likely to play a significant role in causing high blood pressure. "Over many years of follow-up, coffee drinking is associated with small increases in blood pressure but appears to play a small role in the development of hypertension," said the report from Johns Hopkins University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1997 |
Tustin Police Chief W. Douglas Franks has officially retired, about a year after being placed on administrative leave. Last week, the city began giving Franks about $1,100 a month in advance payments until the state's Public Employees Retirement System begins its disability retirement payments. The city will then be reimbursed by the system for the money it has spent, officials said.