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Weekly Recap in Health News: January 03, 2014

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

Blood Pressure Does NOT Have To Increase With Age   One of America’s leading cardiologists, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, says that one’s’ blood pressure doesn’t have to go up as they get older.   Perhaps instead people should focus on maintaining their weight.

Shingles Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke in Young Adults   Having shingles may increase the risk of having a stroke years later, according to research published in the Jan. 2, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

High Blood Pressure Differs by Gender   Women with high blood pressure should be treated differently than men with the same condition, according to a study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

High blood pressure more dangerous for women   New research suggests that women with high blood pressure are at higher risk than their male counterparts of vascular disease, prompting researchers to recommend different treatments in women.

New Way To Treat Heart Disease-Related Depression   The connection between heart disease and depression is a two-way street. Depression is not just hard on the mind; it takes a toll on the heart, too. Studies also show that depression is about three times more common in people who’ve had a heart attack.

High Good, Low Bad Cholesterol Levels Are Healthy for Brain, Too   High levels of “good” cholesterol and low levels of “bad” cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.