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Weekly Recap in Health News: December 20, 2013

Here is the recap of this week’s news in health:

Modified starch molecules could reduce diabetics blood sugar levels Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana have developed a method which slows down the rate at which starch is digested and converted into glucose.

5 things to know about the new blood pressure guideline A panel of experts has published new treatment guidelines for the management of high blood pressure that could significantly change the way doctors think about hypertension and determine whether or not to prescribe medications.

Fiber-Rich Foods May Cut Your Risk of Heart Disease Boosting the amount of fiber in your diet may lower your risk for heart disease, a new study finds.

Anxiety linked to higher long-term risk of stroke The greater your anxiety level, the higher your risk of having a stroke, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. The study is the first in which researchers linked anxiety and stroke independent of other factors such as depression.

Shedding Pounds to Improve Heart Health Weight loss has been linked to better heart health, but a recent study indicated that the benefits of dropping pounds may depend on whether they stay off.