Young mother spends her first healthy Christmas with children as double-lung transplant gives her a second chance at life

'I think of my donor all the time,' says grateful young mother whose double lung transplant has given her a second chance at life Mother of two Natalie Kerr, 31, spent Christmas 2011 hooked up to an oxygen machineFormer nurse was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension four years agoPotentially fatal condition means blood and oxygen can't get to the lungs But her life was saved thanks to a double lung transplant By Emily Payne PUBLISHED: 15:43 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:43 GMT, 2 January 2013 Just over a year ago, Natalie Kerr thought her two young children would be spending this Christmas without her.

Simple 30 minute procedure that blasts kidneys with radio waves could cure high blood pressure

Simple 30 minute procedure that blasts kidneys with radio waves could cure high blood pressureNew surgery could see end to use of pills to control blood pressureProcedure involves blasting kidney nerve tissue using radio waves | UPDATED: 07:27 GMT, 18 December 2012 A new type of surgery using radio waves to destroy overactive nerves around the kidneys could help millions of people with high blood pressure.

Having an early night "lowers blood pressure"

Going to bed an hour earlier each night 'lowers blood pressure in just six weeks' Researchers found people showing early signs of high blood pressure could restore readings to healthy levels by sleeping an extra hour every nightThe study looked at people who slept only seven hours or less who were beginning to have borderline high blood pressure readings | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 4 December 2012 Going to bed an hour earlier than usual could help to ward off high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Healthy lifestyle "just as good as drugs" for high blood pressure

Healthy lifestyle 'just as good as drugs' for high blood pressure: Diet and exercise cut risk by two thirds | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 28 August 2012 Research: A healthy lifestyle can cut the chances of developing high blood pressure by two thirds Exercising regularly, keeping weight down, drinking in moderation and eating plenty of vegetables can cut the chances of developing high blood pressure by two thirds, say researchers.

Could chocolate stave off dementia? Daily dose could help keep condition at bay

Could chocolate stave off dementia Daily dose could help keep condition at bayIn tests consuming cocoa every day helped improve mild cognitive impairment in the elderly Chocolate contains flavanols – chemicals associated with a decreased dementia risk | UPDATED: 22:35 GMT, 13 August 2012 A daily dose of chocolate could help keep dementia and Alzheimer's at bay, a study suggests.

Why you SHOULD forgive and forget – it"s good for your heart

Why you SHOULD forgive and forget – it's good for your heart Those who thought about a hurtful event in a forgiving way were protected from spikes in blood pressureHypertension increases the risk of heart attack and stroke | UPDATED: 09:24 GMT, 30 July 2012 They say to err is human, to forgive divine.

Walking for up to two and a half hours a week can reduce risks of hypertension

Walking for up to two and a half hours a week can slash risks of hypertension | UPDATED: 20:00 GMT, 14 May 2012 Brisk walking reduces the risk of high blood pressure in those with a family history of the disease Walking briskly for two and a half hours a week can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, claim scientists.

How a glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure

How a regular glass of beetroot juice could be the key to beating high blood pressure Just 100g of beetroot found to have a significant phyiscal effect that lasted at least 13 hoursNitrate content in vegetable improves blood flow | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 23 March 2012 Beetroot has a high nitrate content, which encourages blood flow when consumed Drinking a daily glass of beetroot juice could be the key to preventing high blood pressure, researchers say.

People who get headrushes "are at greater risk of suffering heart failure"

People who get headrushes 'are at greater risk of suffering heart failure' Heart failure occurs when the organ has trouble pumping enough blood around the body | UPDATED: 16:40 GMT, 21 March 2012 Dizzy spell: Caused by a rapid drop in blood pressure known as orthostatic hypotension People who feel light-headed and woozy when they jump out of bed may have a higher risk of developing heart failure.

High blood pressure? Try an operation which hot-wires your kidneys

High blood pressure Try an operation which hot-wires your kidneys Patient Anthony Henry An operation that ‘hot-wires’ the kidneys could be the key to reducing high blood pressure in hard-to-treat patients. Twenty UK patients with high blood pressure (hypertension) who had not responded to drugs have been helped by the minimally invasive technique. A tiny wire is used to burn a nerve in the kidneys