2011: The Year in African-American Health

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Scientist Say Where You Live Can Increase Risk for High Blood Pressure

In a 20-year study, researchers found that where you live, your race and your gender strongly influence your risk of developing high blood pressure as you move from young adulthood into middle-age. Out of four cities — Birmingham, Chicago, Minneapolis and Oakland — featured in the study, Birmingham residents represented the highest level (33.6 percent) diagnosed with hypertension by the time the study was finished.

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