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Common herbs, including lavender, fennel, and chamomile, have a long history as folk medicines used to lower blood pressure. New research explains the molecular mechanisms at work. The study[1] illustrates how many of the known traditional botanical plants used to lower blood pressure activate a specific potassium channel (KCNQ5) in blood vessels. “We found KCNQ5… Read more

Decline in brain function often occurs as people age. People often worry that declining brain function is an inevitable part of growing old and will lead to dementia, but it is not. Many people do not experience age-related cognitive decline. Clinical studies that have followed older individuals over many years have consistently demonstrated that chronically… Read more

A new study investigating postural hypotension – where a person’s blood pressure drops if they quickly stand up from either lying down or sitting – found that individuals with the condition were around 1.5 times more likely to go on to develop dementia and twice as likely to have a stroke than those who did… Read more

People who had blood pressure above the ideal level – but below that used to diagnose high blood pressure – were more than a third more likely to get dementia, a long-running study of 8,639 British civil servants has found. The link between high blood pressure and dementia has been known for some time. It’s… Read more

Increased blood pressure before becoming pregnant and early in pregnancy may heighten the risk of pregnancy loss, even if the woman doesn’t have a hypertension diagnosis, new research indicates. The study – which does not have a cause-and-effect conclusion – is the first to look at preconception blood pressure and reproductive outcomes in healthy women… Read more