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African American child snores while sleeping in bed.
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Findings underscore need for early treatment to prevent future cardiovascular disease Children with obstructive sleep apnea are nearly three times more likely to develop high blood pressure when they become teenagers than children who never experience sleep apnea, according to a new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute...
Black mother leaning in close to her son’s face, while he looks up at her.
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Research Feature
When Joia Crear-Perry, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist, found “ African American descent” listed by cardiovascular experts as a risk factor for postpartum heart disease , she realized even advocates like her were doing something wrong, and that the media was amplifying the error. With the U.S. maternal health crisis gripping public attention...
Doctor listens to baby’s heartbeat with stethoscope while examining pregnant woman.
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Research Feature
Sleep apnea, obesity, race among the risk factors for pregnancy-related complications During the last few decades, maternal deaths — long considered a critical marker of the health of a nation — have been declining in much of the world. But in the United States, the maternal death rate has increased an estimated 58% since 1990. The increase has...
shot of a confident female doctor checking the blood pressure of a pregnant patient at a hospital during the day.
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Research Feature
Fast timing and treatment strengthen health outcomes for women with severe pregnancy complications During the 10 years she was a nurse working with pregnant women at an Alexandria, Virginia hospital, Sacha Han, B.S.N., R.N., and her colleagues were forever on alert. “I set timers on my phone,” Han recalled. If a woman’s systolic blood pressure...
A mother, daughter, and father prepare a heart-healthful meal with colorful vegetables in the kitchen
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WHAT: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) has tied for first out of 39 diets for “Best Diets for Healthy Eating” and “Best Heart-Healthy Diets” in the 2021 Best Diets report from U.S. News & World Report. DASH, which builds nutrient-dense meals around whole grains, low-fat dairy products, vegetables, and fruits, and includes fish,...
Closeup view of a healthy plate of vegan soul food prepared for the NEW Soul program.
Credit: Matt McGrievy, University of South Carolina
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Research Feature
When most people think of soul food, they think of tasty faves like collard greens, fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, and black-eyed peas. These foods are beloved by many, and they often play a big part of many African American families’ traditions. It’s an historic cuisine that thrived during slavery and traces its roots to Africa. But traditional soul...