First-time pregnancy complications linked to increased risk of hypertension later in life

Women who experience complications such as preterm births and preeclampsia during their first pregnancy are nearly twice more likely than women without complications to develop high blood pressure later in life—some as quickly as three years later, according to a new study of more than 4,000 women. The study was Continue Reading

Genetic markers linked to the start of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Researchers from the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona (UBNeuro), Hospital Clínic and the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) have identified a group of genetic variants related to the starting point of Parkinson’s disease. These results, published in the journal Movement Disorders, will enable delimiting Continue Reading

Hot flashes shown to be linked to increased risk of later cardiovascular disease events

Previous studies suggested an association between hot flashes and cardiovascular (CVD) disease. But little research linked hot flashes to “hard” clinical CVD events like heart attacks and strokes. A new study measuring clinical CVD outcomes presents the strongest evidence of frequent or persistent hot flashes associated with higher CVD event Continue Reading

Chromosomal changes implicated in disease linked to social and economic disadvantage

Chromosomal changes implicated in disease are linked to social and economic disadvantage, finds a study of 473 families, published online in the Journal of Medical Genetics. The findings add to the evidence on the biological factors that may be involved in disadvantage, say the researchers. Chromosomes are the thread-like structures Continue Reading

Gum disease linked with higher risk of hypertension

People with gum disease (periodontitis) have a greater likelihood of high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a study published today in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Senior author Professor Francesco D’Aiuto of UCL Eastman Dental Institute, UK, said: “We observed a linear association—the more Continue Reading