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Today's Top Medical Stories - April1, 2014

New research suggests a link between your blood pressure when you're young and your mental fitness in middle age.
Being heart healthy as a young adult may help you stay mentally sharp in mid-life. In a study that spanned 25 years, people under 30 whose blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels were slightly above the recommended guidelines… scored lower on memory and thinking tests in their 40s and 50s. Researchers from California say elevated blood pressure and cholesterol can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries leading to the brain.

Taking a low dose of aspirin may increase survival rates for colon cancer patients. Researchers in the Netherlands looked at nearly one thousand patients. They found the death rate for patients who took aspirin for two weeks or more after their diagnosis was lower than for patients who did not take aspirin.

And a new study finds eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day lowers your overall risk of death 42 percent. The risk of cancer death goes down 25 percent and heart disease 31 percent.  Researchers in England found fresh vegetables had the most protective effect. But dried, or packaged fruit, as well as fruit juice seemed to increase the risk… possibly because of added sugars in processed fruit products. Those are the day's top health stories.

(Alexis Christoforous, CBS News)

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