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Report: U.S. fails to fight high blood pressure


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A critical new report declares high blood pressure in the U.S. to be a neglected disease — a term that usually describes mysterious tropical illnesses, not a wellknown plague of rich countries. The prestigious Institute of Medicine said Monday that even though nearly one in three adults has hypertension, and it is on the rise, fighting it apparently has fallen out of fashion: Doctors too often don't treat it aggressively, and the government hasn't made it enough of a priority, either. Yet high blood pressure, the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., is relatively simple to prevent a...

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