A stretchy stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings from deep inside your body

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The flexible stamp can collect data that usually requires bulky, invasive equipment.

The last time you had your blood pressure checked, it was probably at a doctor’s office with a bulky cuff wrapped around your arm. One day soon, perhaps, you will just need a simple stick-on patch on your neck, no bigger than a postage stamp.

That’s the goal of Sheng Xu and his team at the University of California, San Diego, who are working on a patch that can continuously measure someone’s central blood pressure—the pressure of blood coursing beyond your aorta, the artery in your heart that delivers blood to all the different parts of the body. It could make it a lot easier to monitor heart conditions and keep an eye on other vital organs like the liver, lungs, and brain.

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Approach to blood pressure control may need to change as we get older

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What is right for controlling blood pressure in a 50-year-old might not work for a frail 80-year-old.

Unless you are a frail older person controlling high blood pressure is a good thing. Then it might be harmful. That’s the surprising finding of a study of more than 2,000 seniors published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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iPhone Controlled Blood Pressure Monitor

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With hypertension affecting almost 25% of the world population , blood pressure measurement can help to save lives. However, until now, taking your blood pressure required the use of complex devices with multiple manipulations, mathematical operations and data recording procedures. Self-measurement has been recommended by the medical profession for many years , but no one had yet found concrete solutions to expand its use. (pics)

 

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Study Finds Link Between Salt Intake and Obesity

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Salt intake increased more than 50 % in USA during 15 years from mid-1980s to the late 1990s.

A study published in the journal “Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases” refutes the frequently repeated claims that a comprehensive salt reduction would not produce any overall health benefits, or would even increase diseases and shorten the life-span.

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New Wonder Drug Tackles Obesity, Diabetes, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol All in One Jab

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New diet wonder drug may be available in 3 years.

A four-in-one diet drug that can help a woman drop two dress sizes in six months has been developed by scientists.  The jab, which could be available in three years, also lowers blood pressure, raises ‘good’ cholesterol, and can prevent and even cure diabetes.

 

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