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Weekly Recap in Health News: November 22, 2013

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

Lowering Blood Pressure And Cholesterol Can Halve Heart Disease Risk Among Obese  Reducing blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol levels can halve the heightened risk of heart disease associated with obesity, say scientists. Researchers came to the conclusion after analysing pooled results from 97 studies around the world.

Sudden Steep Drop in Blood Pressure May Predict Atrial Fibrillation Years Later The study suggests that a bout of orthostatic hypotension — a steep blood pressure drop that occurs when a person stands up after a period of lying down — appears to be associated with an overall 40 percent increase in the risk of developing atrial fibrillation over the following two decades.

Amino acid with promising anti-diabetic effects NEW experiments conducted by researchers from the University of Copenhagen show that the amino acid arginine — found in a wide variety of foods such as salmon, eggs and nuts- greatly improves the body’s ability to metabolise glucose.

To reduce heart attacks, strokes in the obese, control blood pressure A study that culls health data for 1.8 million people over more than 57 years of research finds that controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose could halve the number of heart attacks attributable to being overweight or obese and pare the number of strokes linked to excess weight by 75%.

What Is Low Blood Pressure? Blood pressure — the force of blood against the walls of the arteries — is one of the first vital signs that medical professionals check on each patient visit.