Study sheds light on blood pressure and brain health

Study sheds light on blood pressure and brain health
Study sheds light on blood pressure and brain health

WESTON, Fla. – Data from a study of just over a half-million people found that both low and high blood pressure were associated with a greater risk of dementia in men, but for women, the risk of dementia increased as blood pressure went up.

“The idea with treating blood pressure is not to take someone with high blood pressure and give them low blood pressure. The idea behind treating blood pressure is to take someone with high blood pressure and bring them into a normal range. So it means that once we are treating people with high blood pressure, we do perhaps need to be more aggressive in monitoring them,” said Dr. Damon Salzman, a neurologist with the Cleveland Clinic Weston.

Salzman said researchers believe that biological differences between men and women may explain why there were differences between the responses to blood pressure and dementia.

And a new type of vaccine against the coronavirus could be coming out this summer.

What’s known as a “protein subunit vaccine” uses technology already available in other vaccines on the market.

This would be the first vaccine to actually contain the spike protein found in the virus rather than existing vaccines which prompt cells in the body to make the spike protein.

Researchers said new vaccine efforts are expanding, but the benefit to society won’t be felt if people don’t get vaccinated.

Recent data shows vaccine rates are slowing down or are flat in many areas of the country.


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