Stronger Evidence of Salt's Link to High Blood Pressure
Don’t pass the salt. A new Japanese study suggests that a high sodium diet can increase blood pressure.
For their study, researchers looked at 4,500 Japanese adults with normal blood pressure for three years and used annual urine tests to check their salt intake.
The results, which are published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, showed that about 23 percent of the participants developed hypertension – also known as high blood pressure.
What’s more, the participants with high salt intake were 1.25 times more likely to develop high blood pressure by the end of the study compared to participants with a low salt diet. Those who gradually increased their salt intake throughout the period of the study also showed a higher risk of high blood pressure.
Additional findings showed the participants sodium intake ranged from 2,925 mg to 5,644 mg. Current U.S. recommendations call for limiting salt intake to 2,300 mg per day for the general population, and to 1,500 mg per day for seniors.
While previous studies have shown a link between salty diets and high blood pressure, this is the first to show the connection develop over time.
Because Americans consume an average of 3,500 mg of sodium per day – well over the recommended daily value – this study indicates the importance of early dietary intervention to avoid developing high blood pressure and its many complications including heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.
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Sourced from: Live Science , Too Salty! High Sodium Intake Tied to Increased Blood Pressure
Published On: July 30, 2015
CVS Partners with IBM to Predict Patient Health Problems
Using IBM’s advanced supercomputer known as Watson, CVS health practitioners and pharmacists hope to improve health care management services for patients with chronic diseases.
IBM’s Watson computing system can analyze large amounts of data, interpret and evaluate data, and even build knowledge over time. Within the partnership, Watson will be able to access health records and pharmacy information to help CVS health employees offer assistance to patients and work with primary care doctors.
Watson is able to access more information and research than the organization can do on its own and better support doctors, practitioners, and researchers with necessary data and technology to provide more in-depth care.
The overall goal of the partnership is to improve outcomes, reduce treatment costs, and increase the overall experience for patients already going through a difficult time living with a chronic condition.
This IBM partnership is the latest in a string of Watson system collaborations including partnerships with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic.
The use of Watson in CVS will begin in early 2016.
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[Sourced from: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/07/29/cvs-ibm-partner-health-care/30839197/, CVS, IBM partner for technology-based health care](USA Today)
Published On: July 30, 2015