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Pass the salt, please

According to the American Heart Association, consumers eat more than twice the recommended daily limit. Salt, or sodium, is available in many foods we purchase or eat in restaurants.

The 10 greatest sources of sodium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that more than 40 percent of the sodium people regularly consume comes from 10 types of foods.

The hidden meaning of nutrition labels

Nutrition labels indicate the amount of sodium in each serving. For foods with limited sodium content, however, the labeling is less clear and not well understood.

Prescription medications for HBP

Many prescription drugs are available for the treatment of high blood pressure. Often more than one drug is necessary to control one’s pressure.

Over-the-counter medications and HBP

Although over-the-counter drugs are readily available to consumers, those with high blood pressure need to be careful in their choice. Some OTC drugs can increase their pressure or make their medication less effective.

High blood pressure

Although high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is one of the most common chronic conditions in this country, roughly half of those afflicted do not follow their prescribed medication regimen.

Complications of high blood pressure

Years of uncontrolled blood pressure can cause life-threatening disorders. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke and heart disease.

Risk factors of high blood pressure

A risk factor increases the risk of a particular disease or condition. Having a particular risk factor, however, does not mean that you will get that disease.

Partnership for Community Health provides grants to community health centers throughout Massachusetts

the Partnership for Community Health awarded $6 million in Excellence and Innovation grants for community health centers statewide. Each of the twelve grant recipients have interesting projects that aim to address a particular need in their community.

Black magic banana black walnut cake can’t be beat

With their bold, wild flavor, black walnuts are not a popular snacking nut, but they’re perfect for baking. Their assertive unique flavor permeates cookies, cakes and breads and becomes stronger over time.

Add a new twist to a Thanksgiving staple with a cranberry crumble

With plane delays, snowstorms and roasting the turkey, the Thanksgiving holidays can be unpredictable. So it’s a good thing there are cranberries.

The best burgers: Roasted garlic turkey burgers

When roasted, a head of garlic is transformed into a buttery, sweet purée that you can stir into soups, dips, or meat mixtures. In this recipe it takes turkey burgers from the ordinary to the sublime.

Veggie heaven! Make ratatouille with chicken and corn for dinner

The combination of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, called ratatouille, is the perfect dish to make when tomatoes are in season.

More women may be eligible for breast-conserving surgery

Some cases of breast cancer can be treated by lumpectomy, a breast-conserving surgery. A recent study has found that more women than previously thought could be eligible for lumpectomy.

New guidelines for breast cancer screening

The American Cancer Society recently updated its screening guidelines for breast cancer. The ACS now recommends that women of average risk of breast cancer initiate screening at 45 rather than 40.