1. Increasing Steps by 3,000 Per Day Can Lower Blood Pressure in Older Adults

Researchers were excited to find that a simple lifestyle intervention can be just as effective as structured exercise and some medications.

An estimated 80% of older Americans have high blood pressure. The good news is that maintaining healthy blood pressure can protect against serious conditions like heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes—and a new study shows how.

Adding a relatively minimal amount of movement, about 3,000 steps per day, can significantly reduce high blood pressure in older adults.

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2. After 6 Months Searching for New Doctor, Small Town’s Viral Video was ‘Just What the Doctor Ordered’

For six months, the retiring small town doctor searched for his replacement, with no luck. But a new General Practitioner is now on the job thanks to a viral video featuring hundreds of people in the village. Desperate locals in Cornwall, England created a pop video, writing their own song to the tune of Nina Simone’s hit ‘Aint Got No, I Got Life’. Over 500 residents of Lostwithiel played a role to help recruit a replacement for their retiring medic.


3. Farmers Show off Mammoth Produce at County Fair Headlined by 1,300 lbs. Pumpkin

At last weekend’s Malvern Autumn Festival in the UK, growers from across the Isles showed off the truly frightening proportions that vegetables can grow to, headlined by massive pumpkins brought in on a forklift. 4th place winner Tim Saint transported his whopping 667 lbs. pumpkin in a trailer to display at the event held over the weekend in England’s Worcestershire. Even though he needed a pallet, trailer, and industrial strapping to move the thing, his was a small fry compared to Curtis Leach’s 1st prize-winning pumpkin that arrived at weights usually reserved for cars.   Read More