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Weekly Recap in Health News: October 18, 2013

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

Pills and drinks containing caffeine and oxedrine linked to heart attack  TEENAGERS risk a heart attack or stroke if they consume energy drinks or party pills containing caffeine and oxedrine. The nation’s medicine safety watchdog has issued the warning ahead of the country’s schoolies celebrations next month.

6 Steps to Healthy Cholesterol The question on the lips of many Americans these days is, “How do I lower my cholesterol?” We’ve all been told that the secret to living a long, healthy, heart-disease free life is lowering your cholesterol.

Would you recognize a stroke if you saw someone having one? Do you know what a stroke is? Would you be able to recognise its symptoms if you or someone else suffered an attack? A recent survey across six urban cities – Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore – showed that half the respondents weren’t aware of what a stroke is and didn’t associate the term with brain.

2,000 mg of dietary sodium a day OK, say blood pressure experts in new guidelines A group that advises doctors on how to best help patients prevent high blood pressure has updated its advice on how much sodium Canadians should ingest in their diets.

Blood Pressure Drugs Decrease Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease A Johns Hopkins-led analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 elderly Americans strongly suggests that taking certain blood pressure medications to control blood pressure may reduce the risk of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Eating watermelons helps lower blood pressure Watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, which is a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, a new study has revealed.