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Weekly Recap in Health News: August 23, 2013

Here is the recap of this week news in health:

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Cholesterol  If only Dirty Harry could come to the rescue. On top of worrying about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, there’s now a new cholesterol concern: ugly cholesterol.

Program tied to system-wide blood pressure benefits A comprehensive high blood pressure program at one California health system led to a near doubling in the proportion of patients who had their blood pressure under control, according to a new study.

Never too young for heart health Ensuring children get the proper nutrition is a vital part of their heart health, said cardiovascular surgeon and president of the Heart Health Foundation Dr. John Martin. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one in three children and teens are overweight, which increases the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Stroke Risk Same For Men and Women Smokers: Study It has long been known that smoking is a major cause for strokes and actually doubles its risk.  Focusing on this association, a new study highlights that cigarette smoking is equally risky for both the genders.

Time For A Gut Check For Heart-Healthy Living While heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, keeping your cholesterol in check may keep you out of such statistics.