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Close-up of doctor measuring patients blood pressure with stethoscope
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News Release
The trend could threaten decades of public health work against heart disease After nearly 15 years on an upward trend, awareness among Americans about high blood pressure and how to control and treat it is now on the decline, according to a new study. Even with the help of blood pressure medications, some groups, including older adults, are less...
African American nurse speaking with an african american patient in a wheelchair.
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Smoking cessation could be a path to fewer strokes, researchers say African Americans who smoke are nearly 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke than those who never smoked, while former smokers show a similarly lower risk as never smokers, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The findings from the Jackson Heart...
Marilyn Gaston and Gayle Porter embracing.
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Research Feature
Two doctors point the way to better heart health for midlife black women Spend a little time with Marilyn Gaston, M.D., and Gayle Porter, Psy.D., and it’s not hard to guess they’ve been pals for a long time—42 years to be exact. They finish each other’s sentences, can tell you everything about the other’s family and friends. They even live together...
Group of hands holding red ribbon stop drugs and HIV/AIDS awareness
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Research Features
Chris Camp recalls the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, when being diagnosed as HIV positive was considered a virtual death sentence. Doctors had no medications that could really help. People with the disease often did not survive more than a year or two. Camp, now 63, says he personally lost more than 500 friends. Among them: his first husband...
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WHAT: The National Institutes of Health have announced five new contract awards for the next phase of the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), the largest research study in history to investigate the biological, genetic , and environmental risk factors associated with the disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease in African-Americans. Heart disease...
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A sickle cell anemia study has found that the drug hydroxyurea is as effective as blood transfusions in children to reduce blood flow velocities in the brain, which is a key risk factor for stroke. The findings appear in The Lancet and were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Some children living with sickle cell...