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Nov 28th


Lowering blood pressure: There’s more to it than the pills

Lowering blood pressure: There’s more to it than the pillsHigh blood pressure (hypertension) is a condition where the pressure with which the blood is pumped through the arteries of the body at a higher pressure than normal. 

A person may feel fine, but the high pressures when uncontrolled, can be slowly killing someone. Chronic high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) increases the risk of developing several conditions like stroke, heart attack and heart failure (a condition where the heart does not pump normally). In addition, hypertension is a leading cause for kidney failure and can lead to dialysis. Despite all of the potential health problems associated with hypertension, there is hope. One can often lessen or prevent one’s need to use blood pressure medication with everyday long-term lifestyle changes.

Radioactive gas is persistent health risk in Minnesota, late fall and winter best times to test

Every 25 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. More than 21,000 lung cancer deaths are attributed to radon each year in the U.S.

Pollution inside cars

Pollution inside carsDear EarthTalk: Can you discuss pollutants in car interior materials, and also pollution inside cars originating from gasoline and diesel exhausts outside the car? -- Mervyn Kline, Philadelphia, PA

The interior of your car may seem like a safe haven from air pollution, but it may actually be quite the opposite. Chemicals emanating from the steering wheel, dashboard, armrests and seats mix with the airborne pollution being generated under the hood to form a witch's brew of toxins for those riding inside.

American Cancer Society to accept "walk-ins" during last phase of historic cancer prevention study

American Cancer Society to accept Area residents will be able to take part in the nation's largest cancer study in recent years by simply walking in the door of what will be the last phase of the American Cancer Society's historic cancer prevention study (CPS-3).

Sugar vs. Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar vs. Artificial SweetenersDear EarthTalk: I saw an article on sugar’s effects on the environment. Has anyone compared different sweeteners (artificial or natural) for their environmental impacts? – Terri Oelrich, via e-mail

3 tips for a tastier, lower-fat smoothie

3 tips for a tastier, lower-fat smoothieThere is a huge difference between a fruit smoothie you blend up at home and the concoctions you can get at your local retail shop. Yes, smoothies are loaded with fruit, and fruit is healthy. They can also be a wonderful, incredible, delicious component of a healthy diet, containing other "good for you" ingredients and nutrients that will leave you feeling satisfied.

What to eat when eating out

What to eat when eating outRemembering to eat healthful foods can sometimes be challenging when you're not in your own kitchen. But it doesn't have to be. "There are many things you can ask restaurants," said Shirley Winslett, registered dietitian with Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health. "You can ask how the food is cooked; if it's cooked with butter, ask if they can cook with oil instead."
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