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Protein cuts stroke risk

Evidence has accumulated over the last 20 years that dietary protein lowers stroke risk, in part at least by reducing blood pressure. A new meta-analysis confirms that eating 'moderate' amounts of protein, especially from fish, may lower stroke risk.

Salt cuts, blood pressure gains

Reduced salt intake made an important contribution to the decline in blood pressure between 2003 and 2011, according to a new analysis of the Health Survey for England.

Antihypertensives linked to breast cancer

Women taking calcium-channel blockers (CCBs) for at least 10 years might be at increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to American researchers who enrolled 880 women, aged between 55 and 74 years, with invasive ductal breast cancer, 1027 with invasive lobular breast cancer and 856 controls.

Chocolate cuts blood pressure

Dark chocolate and cocoa products which are rich in a group of chemicals called flavanols may reduce blood pressure, a meta-analysis of 20 studies suggests.

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