Posts tagged: blood pressure

Lonely, under pressure

Tweet Loneliness doesn’t just cause wear and tear on the psyche — it may also affect blood pressure. University of Chicago researchers surveyed 229 people ages 50 to 68 who were part of the Chicago Health, Aging and Social Relations Study, a multi-year study of white, black and Latino men and women. Participants were asked to rate their feelings about statements such as “I lack companionship,” “I feel in tune with the pe ... Jump to full article >>

Newborns of Smokers Have Abnormal Blood Pressure

Tweet Babies of women who smoked during pregnancy have blood pressure problems at birth that persisted through the first year of life, a new study finds. “What is of concern is that the problems are present at birth and get worse over time,” said Gary Cohen, a senior research scientist in the department of women and child health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and lead author of a report in the Jan. 25 online edition of Hypertension ... Jump to full article >>

Moms-to-be smoke less after workplace smoking ban

Tweet Ireland’s implementation of a workplace smoking ban in 2004 appears tied to a decline in maternal smoking rates as well as lower risk for preterm births, study findings hint. Compared with the year prior to the smoking ban, 12 percent fewer women reported smoking during pregnancy in the year after the ban, Dr. Zubair Kabir, of the Tobacco Free Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland, and colleagues report. Their study, in BJOG: An Inter ... Jump to full article >>