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Food tips to lower blood pressure

Food tips to lower blood pressure

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is believed to impact up to one in three adults in the UK, although more so men than women. This is cause for concern as untreated high blood pressure can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. To help reduce your risk of high blood pressure, here are some simple dietary changes you can make to take care of your heart health.

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Meet the team: Dr Melissa Farnham

Meet the team: Dr Melissa Farnham

Born and raised in Nevada, USA, Dr Melissa Farnham originally had no interest in research. Now Unit Leader of the High Blood Pressure Group at HRI, and balancing the challenges of family and work, she couldn’t imagine any other career path.

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New drug hope to target silent killer

New drug hope to target silent killer

An exciting new treatment for very high blood pressure is on the horizon after a world-first discovery by Heart Research Institute scientists, who have uncovered a brain chemical instrumental in triggering hypertension, the so-called silent killer responsible for the deaths of thousands of Australians each year.

The researchers are optimistic the results, published this week in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, will ultimately lead to a powerful new treatment that blocks a neurotransmitter and frees patients from the dangers of hypertension. 

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Meet the team: Zohra Kakall

Meet the team: Zohra Kakall

PhD student Zohra Kakall has always been fascinated by whole body physiology and the integration between the brain and other bodily systems. This fascination drew her to the HRI High Blood Pressure Group - which focuses on the way that brain networks control airways, breathing and blood pressure - and led her on a research trip across Europe.

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Celebrating women in research

Celebrating women in research

To celebrate International Women’s Day we are excited to announce the ‘2017 HRI Career Re-start Grants’ recipients. The grant is to acknowledge and help overcome some of the barriers women in science face, in particular, the challenge to remain competitive while on maternity leave. 

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