Health Alert 6-26-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

June 26, 2012 - The number of children hospitalized with high blood pressure is climbing. That's from a new study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Researchers found in 1997, more than 12,600 kids were hospitalized with high blood pressure. That number nearly doubled by 2006. They included all children aged two to 18 who were treated for hypertension. Researchers found that those most likely to have high blood pressure were older than nine, male and African American.

Also, the next time you're in a hotel, you may want to think twice before turning on the TV or the lights. A study of hotel surfaces finds the TV remote and the bedside lamp switch carry some of the most bacteria. The lowest levels of contamination included the headboard, curtain rods and bathroom door handle. Researchers say they don't know if any of the bacteria detected can actually cause disease or sickness.

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