By Janice Neumann, The Washington Post Last summer, during a routine visit by my 92-year-old mother to a cardiologist for a pacemaker check, her systolic blood pressure registered a dangerously high 220, over 94, a reading that sent her - and me - on a difficult journey through changing recommendations about blood pressure goals. »RELATED: Is your medical provider taking your blood pressure all wrong? Experts say probably Her pressure had been 150 - that's the systolic number - over 82 - that's the diastolic number - the day before at home, where she was typically calm and relaxed with my dog lying nearby on the floor and my cat purring beside her on the couch.Her doctor said the spike might be "white coat hypertension," or high blood pressure in a doctor's office caused by anxiety. He took her pressure again, saw it was still too high and said she needed to be hospitalized. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 … [Read more...] about Blood pressure guidelines changed, and that wasn’t good for this woman’s mother
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HUERFANO COUNTY • The ash was like black snow, the smoke a curtain shrouding the beauty they’d known for 23 years. And over the ridge to the west, they saw a crazy red line and knew the monster was coming for them.David and Peggy Zehring had little time.It was June 27, Day One of what would become Colorado’s third-largest wildfire. More than 200 structures would be destroyed and 108,000 acres decimated. Spanish Peaks country’s treasured scenery would be changed forever in two weeks of havoc.From the dream home they built in retirement, the Zehrings rushed down 9 miles of dirt road to La Veta, taking refuge at the inn, where the fearful owner was on his way out. He let anyone who dared stay for free. So the Zehrings did, hardly sleeping, haunted by that red glow and the unknown.Their minds at night roamed their abandoned rooms. Peggy’s canvases from 40-plus years of work, David’s drumset with those Zildjian cymbals. That massive painting of … [Read more...] about In wake of historic Spring Creek fire, heartbreak and hope
Welcome to our annual list of high school students who ranked at the top of their graduating class. We got responses this year from 84 schools, public and private, in St. Paul, nearby suburbs and western Wisconsin. Schools were asked to send us the names of their high achievers — however they define them. Some schools use the “valedictorian” and “salutatorian” distinctions. Others designate “highest honors” or degrees of “cum laude” or a percentage of the senior class. Schools submitting 10 names or fewer are invited to ask their students for an inspirational quote, and as ever, students cited words from a range of historic and contemporary writers, musicians and artists, political figures, scientists and celebrities. One pulled inspiration from the 1800s, with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice to “Finish each day and be done with it, you have done what you could. …Tomorrow is a new day, begin it well and with too high … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2018: High achievers and words that inspired them
WASHINGTONWashington is known for its museums. But venture beyond the Mall, which is home to four of the 20 most-visited museums in the world, and you’ll find plenty of smaller, quirkier institutions. Want to learn about great inventions, the history of horse racing in America or how drugs are smuggled across the border? You can, and it’s free.These nine museums are, for the most part, targeted at niche audiences, which means they don’t get the crowds you’ll find at, say, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. But you also don’t need a full day to explore them: Even the ones that offer full, guided tours can take less than an hour to peruse. Think of these spots as entertaining and educational diversions – especially the ones that go out of their way to welcome kids. Check hours carefully, as most of these museums are not open daily.DEA Museum,700 Army Navy Drive, ArlingtonThe Drug Enforcement Administration was formed in 1973, … [Read more...] about Tired of the Smithsonian? These small, quirky DC museums are worth a visit
A professor of regenerative medicine at Wake Forest says the Lizard, the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man who regenerates a limb by mixing human and reptile DNA may be more science fact than science fiction. "We’re working on long-term projects to regenerate fingers and limbs," says Dr. Koudy Williams, a professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “But we have safer ways to do it than the researchers in Spider-Man.” STORY: How Sony Pictures Imageworks Brought the Heroes and Villains of 'Spider-Man' to Life In the movie, Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Curt Connors, the one-armed man who mutates into the villain the Lizarda after using the animal's DNA to mimic its ability to heal itself and re-grow damaged or missing body parts. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko dreamed up the character for The Amazing Spider-Man #6 in 1963, as a part of the Marvel Comics universe. "This is most like what scientists in the Spider-Man movie were … [Read more...] about ‘Amazing Spider-Man’s’ Lizard: Science Fiction or Science Fact?