High blood pressure? Potassium could help

(iStock) High blood pressure has received a good amount of press in recent months. New guidelines have lowered the definition of hypertension to a blood pressure of130/80 instead of 140/90. In addition, the DASH diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, a well-studied, evidence-based plan, continues to be effective decades after its first release. High blood pressure relates to…

How Your Smartphone May Be Making You Unhappy

Our phones connect us electronically but could be degrading our personal connections. While the impact of smartphone distraction is particularly widespread among teenagers, an increasing number of couples are dealing with the issue as well. (Getty Images) Have you ever pulled out your smartphone to check an incoming text during a family dinner? Scrolled through your…

Protein linked to Parkinson’s travels from gut to brain

Study in mice traces path of alpha-synuclein SEE-THROUGH VIEW  Using a method that rendered tissue translucent, researchers were able to see alpha-synuclein clumps (green) in the gut of a mouse intermingled with nerve cells (red) and astrocytes (white). Cell nuclei are blue.     COLLIN CHALLIS, GRADINARU GROUP/CALTECH SAN DIEGO — Over the course of months,…

I feared my life lacked meaning. Cancer pushed me to find some

Despite lots of accomplishments, I suffered existential angst. A potentially fatal diagnosis made me realize that we can make each moment meaningful ‘I started to be up-front about my struggles rather than keep up inauthentic appearances.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo   It was late. I was drunk, nearing my 35th birthday this past May, alone…

How to deal with your anxiety when you go home for Christmas

Festive anxiety can bog off, eh? (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk) Going home for Christmas can be a metaphorical sigh of relief for many.   Taking a break, heading back to your family home and hanging out with your relatives sounds like a dream for some, but for others it can exacerbate any anxiety disorder you already…

4 Ways to Reduce Depression Without Medication

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Depression, sometimes known also as clinical depression and major depressive disorder, is a common and severe mood disorder which can affect people regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity, although there are certain studies that show that women are twice as…