Archive for March, 2013

High blood pressure is a silent danger in older women

Posted by Sienna Mullaly on Mar 28, 2013

Millions of American women harbor a secret even they don’t know they carry. It’s high blood pressure, an often silent, symptomless condition that can damage blood vessels and overwork the heart, leaving women prey to heart disease, stroke, and premature death. The April 2013 Harvard Women’s Health Watch looks at the reasons why so many women don’t know their blood pressure and explains how the treatment of high blood pressure has changed.

A woman’s risk of developing high blood pressure is extremely high if she lives long enough, says Dr. Deepak Bhatt, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Integrated Interventional Cardiovascular Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. About 70% of women in their 60s and 70s have high blood pressure (hypertension), and that rises to nearly 80% after age 75.

Over time, living with high blood pressure puts added strain on the blood vessels and on the heart.

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How to Support an Anxious Partner

Posted by Mason Perdriau on Mar 25, 2013

Having a partner who struggles with anxiety or has an anxiety disorder can be difficult.

Partners may find themselves in roles they do not want, such as the compromiser, the protector, or the comforter, says Kate Thieda, MS, LPCA, NCC, a therapist and author of the excellent book Loving Someone with Anxiety.

They might have to bear the brunt of extra responsibilities and avoid certain places or activities that trigger their partner’s anxiety, she said. Th

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The Benefits of Working Out with a Partner

Posted by Marcus Selle on Mar 19, 2013

Working out on your own can be difficult. It requires a lot of discipline and time management. Busy schedules, work, and family life can lead to low energy levels and lack of motivation to take the time to exercise. Yet, exercise is what we need more than ever to help reduce stress levels, improve health, and keep us well-balanced on a daily basis. One of the best ways to maintain motivation as well as sticking to a regular workout routine is to team up with a workout partner.

The Huge Benefits of Working Out Together

Whether you choose to workout with a friend, spouse, or significant other, you can both reap the benefits of being a team. My spouse and I both enjoy exercising so it makes it a lot easier and much more enjoyable to exercise on a regular basis.

Accountability – Setting a fitness goal works best when you are accountable to someone.

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Reading the human genome

Posted by Marcus Selle on Mar 19, 2013

Eva Nogales and Yuan He used cryo-electron microscopy to record how a complex of biomolecules is able to read the human genome one gene at a time. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have achieved a major advance in understanding how genetic information is transcribed from DNA to RNA by providing the first step-by-step look at the biomolecular machinery that reads the human genome.

“We’ve provided a series of snapshots that shows how the genome is read one gene at a time,” says biophysicist Eva Nogales who led this research. “For the genetic code to be transcribed into messenger RNA, the DNA double helix has to be opened and the strand of gene sequences has to be properly positioned so that RNA polymerase, the enzyme that catalyzes transcription, knows where the gene starts.

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