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Study Links Insomnia with Greater Risk of High Blood Pressure

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint in the U.S., but a new study indicates that a lack of sleep could be associated with greater risk of high blood pressure.According to the study, published in the journal Hypertension, researchers analyzing data from over 200 individuals with chronic insomnia and 96 normal sleepers found that the longer it took to fall asleep, the greater the risk of hypertension. Specifically, researchers measured the amount of time it took each group to fall asleep during four "nap episodes."...
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Blizzard 2015: Five Ways to Stay Fit When You’re Stuck Inside

amana images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Even if you live in a tiny studio apartment, you can still find a way to stay active indoors until the Blizzard of 2015 blows over. Grace DeSimone of American College of Sports Medicine Spokeswoman explains how:Take the StairsIndoor stairs and steps can be turned into calorie-blasting machines, DeSimone said. Walking up and down stairs burns an average of about 7 calories per minute, according to the Compendium of Physical Activity. Take them at a jog, and you’ll up the calorie burn to...
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Lifesaving Tips to Survive the Blizzard of 2015

lisa comb/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the blizzard of 2015 gets ready to wallop the Northeast, the last place you want to spend the storm is in the emergency room.Here's what lands many people in the ER during snowstorms and how to avoid becoming one of them:Heart AttacksCold weather alone puts people at greater risk of having a heart attack because it constricts the blood vessels, said Dr. Lawrence Phillips, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Add in the demanding...
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Mom Seeks Medical Marijuana Despite Pediatric Group’s Opposition

Andrea Saretti(NEW YORK) -- A leading pediatric medicine group has come out against the use of medical marijuana for children in all but the most exceptional circumstances.The American Academy of Pediatrics said in a statement Monday that it is opposed to the use of marijuana for medical purposes in young people, except for drugs that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are two FDA approved drugs that contain synthetic compounds similar to the active ingredients in marijuana, which the group said could be used...
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