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Close up of nurse monitoring blood pressure on a man's arm

More than 83 million adults would be recommended for high blood pressure treatment under the new system compared to 72 million under the prior recommendations, said senior study author Dr. Jiang He, Joseph S. Copes Chair of Epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. Photo by ThinkStock.

New, more intensive high blood pressure treatment guidelines could increase the number of U.S. adults categorized as having high blood pressure by 31 million and those receiving antihypertensive treatment by 11 million, according to a new study by Tulane University researchers. The study, published in JAMA Cardiology, used national health data to estimate the impact of implementing the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association hypertension guidelines, which call for doctors to more intensively manage hypertension for adults, aiming for blood pressure targets well below the 2014 guidelines. Read more>>

Research Highlights

School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety

Participating in yoga and mindfulness activities at school helps third-graders exhibiting anxiety improve their well-being and emotional health, according to a new Tulane University study published in the journal Psychology Research and Behavior Management. The study's principal author was Alessandra Bazzano, and co-authors include Jeanette Gustat, clinical associate professor of epidemiology and Christopher Anderson, a doctoral student in epidemiology at Tulane, along with local community partner Chelsea Hylton of Project Peaceful Warriors. Read more>>

Benefits of a healthy diet greater in people at high genetic risk for obesity

People whose genes put them at greater risks for obesity may reap bigger benefits from sticking to a healthy diet than those at lower genetic risk, according to a new study in the journal The BMJ led by a team of Tulane researchers. The study suggests that improving diet quality over time can attenuate a genetic predisposition to obesity, said corresponding author Dr. Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University Obesity Research Center and epidemiology faculty at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Learn more>>