June 1, 2012
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Two large, well-known, U.S. prospective cohort studies, the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, evaluated both sugar-sweetened and diet (low-calorie, also called artificially sweetened) soda consumption over 20 years and found one or more daily servings to be associated with a significantly higher risk of stroke.
Acupressure is a therapeutic intervention that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is based on the same meridian theory used in acupuncture. However, rather than using needles, acupoints are typically stimulated using pressure from fingers, hands, elbows or, in some cases, by devices.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a complex group of heart-related conditions that are the leading cause of death among Americans and Europeans.
A systematic review of 29 studies using vitamin C to help lower blood pressure showed a slightly positive effect, though of debatable clinical value. The study highlights the variable nature of existing data in this realm with regards to quality and methodology.