A new study finds that radio waves may be an effective way to control high blood pressure. Research published in the journal "Circulation" looked at patients who were not responding to medication. It found that directing radio waves at the nerves around the kidneys lowered blood pressure for at least six months. More than 78-million Americans battle high blood pressure, which can be a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke.
People tend to over-indulge around the holidays. And an article a British medical journal measures the possible consequences. Analyzing population studies, the article says each day of smoking, indulging in a couple of drinks, eating red meat and watching TV can take 30-minutes off life expectancy. Luckily each day of healthier habits can reverse that trend.
The number of teenagers who undergo weight loss surgery has leveled off in the past decade. Bariatric surgery jumped in popularity in the early 2000's. But researchers in Washington found that since 2003 the number of procedures has plateaued at about 1,000 a year. Minimally invasive laparosopic procedures have become most popular. About a third of all children in the U.S. are overweight or obese.