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Today in Health - 3/12/14

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This week there have been many stories in Health surrounding new findings in the dangers of obesity, potential aid for migraines and risks of barely-elevated blood pressure.

We have all heard the risk factors involved with obesity regarding heart disease, but new research suggests that women who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Past research also found that risks for other cancers including breast, bowel and womb cancer is also increased with being obese and overweight. Lifestyle changes will be a must for women if they want to reduce their chances of potentially developing the diseases. Read more: Risk For Ovarian Cancer Increased By Being Overweight or Obese

Have you ever had a headache? It hurts, right? Now multiply that pain by a lot and you can slightly feel what a migraine sufferer feels whenever a migraine strikes. Do not forget to add the sensitivity to light and the nausea. Luckily, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first device aimed at preventing migraines. It is a headband-like device that runs on a battery and sits across the forehead. Electric currents are used stimulate the branches of the trigeminal nerve, which is associated with migraine headaches. Could painful migraines soon be a thing of the past? Read more: FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraines

Medical Assistants – have you ever reported anything slightly higher than the normal blood pressure reading of 120/80 mmHg? Well soon those patients may be suffering from a stroke despite their blood pressure not being high enough to be considered hypertension. Research has recently discovered that people who were considered “prehypertension” were 66% more likely to develop a stroke than people with a normal blood pressure reading. Those who had a reading of 130/85 mmHg (which is still considered less than the high of 140/90 mmHg) were 95% more likely to develop a stroke than those with normal blood pressure. Read more: Barely-elevated Blood Pressure May Raise Stroke Risk by 66 Percent

With all this new research, medical assistants and nurses had better pay close attention! If you want to learn how to take blood pressure and maybe even be a factor in saving a patient’s life consider The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP) for training in fields such as medical assisting, nursing, and more.

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