Laura Elvin

After originally starting her journalism career at local paper the Leicester Mercury, Laura moved to Bristol to become a senior reporter at SWNS. She now runs the ‘Sell Us Your Story’ website, gathering different stories and undertaking general reporting and copywriting duties.
JIHADI JACK'S PARENTS CHARGED WITH TERROR OFFENCES

JIHADI JACK’S PARENTS CHARGED WITH TERROR OFFENCES

The white, middle-class parents of a suspected ISIS convert dubbed ‘Jihadi Jack’ have been ...

Pregnant women with whose blood pressure is even slightly raised can be dramatically more at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease, say scientists. In the first study of its kind a condition called pre-hypertension - where blood pressure is in the upper range of normal - has been shown to be potentially dangerous. Up to one-in-seven expectant mothers in the UK already suffer high blood pressure and the discovery could lead to many more requiring monitoring. Professor Jian-Min Niu, of Guangdong Women and Children Hospital in China, said: "Our findings underscore an important issue that has been long ignored in clinical practice - the fact criteria for hypertension in pregnancy are derived from the general population. "We anticipate if reaffirmed in further research, our study could spark a change in what we currently deem healthy blood pressure in pregnant women." The research found pregnant women whose blood pressure is in the upper ranges of normal could be at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome - a combination of diabetes, hypertension and obesity - and heart disease risk after giving birth. Current guidelines do not distinguish between pregnant women and the general population and define hypertension as persistently elevated blood pressure that is 140 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) systolic or 90 mm Hg diastolic and above. Readings of 120-139 mm Hg systolic over 80-89 mm Hg diastolic is deemed 'pre-hypertension' - a warning sign of high blood pressure in the future. But the study published in Hypertension said pregnant women with blood pressure in this range had 6.5 times greater odds of developing metabolic syndrome compared to those in the lower normal range. It looked at 507 Chinese women with uncomplicated pregnancies, no history of hypertension and normal blood sugar and cholesterol who underwent seven or more blood pressure measurements along with other standard tests including weight measurements and foetal ultrasounds. Blood sugar and cholesterol levels were also tested at the start, shortly before and after giving birth and once every few months for up to 1.6 years after giving birth. The participants were grouped into three categories including those whose blood pressure remained on the lower end of normal (34%), around the mid-point (52%) or in the pre-hypertension range (13%). A series of snapshot measurements did not predict future risk but patterns of repeated elevations did - highlighting the dynamic nature of blood pressure during pregnancy. The results support the idea of pregnancy as a cardiovascular stress test for women that can reveal underlying disturbances in blood pressure regulation, glucose and cholesterol metabolism. Abnormalities in all three areas can disrupt functions and lead to full-blown cardiovascular disease years down the road. Prof Niu said globally the burden of cardio-metabolic diseases in women has been rising steadily over the last decades. He said: "Blood pressure measurements are already done as matter of routine and cost-effective checkups during pregnancy so our findings underscore this tool's potential to gauge a woman's post-partum cardiovascular risk. "Early identification of metabolic risk factors and implementation of lifestyle modifications may help delay the onset of cardiovascular disease that would present itself 20 to 30 years after delivery."

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING PREGNANCY COULD TRIGGER DIABETES

Pregnant women with whose blood pressure is even slightly raised can be dramatically more ...

WOMAN STAGES NINE HOUR ROOF TOP PROTEST WITH CHILD IN HER ARMS

WOMAN STAGES NINE HOUR ROOF TOP PROTEST WITH CHILD IN HER ARMS

A woman sparked chaos and brought an entire town to a standstill for nine ...

PC REFUSED TO BE BREATHALYSED ON WAY HOME FROM MISCONDUCT HEARING

PC REFUSED TO BE BREATHALYSED ON WAY HOME FROM MISCONDUCT HEARING

A senior police officer has been charged after refusing to be breathalysed – while ...

STUNNING ROBIN PICTURES BY SECRET SNAPPER CHOSEN TO BE USED BY RSPB

STUNNING ROBIN PICTURES BY SECRET SNAPPER CHOSEN TO BE USED BY RSPB

Stunning images of a friendly robin, taken by a secret wildlife photographer, have been ...

TAKEAWAY OWNER BATTERED SENSELESS BY THUGS OVER £6.50 CHICKEN DINNER

TAKEAWAY OWNER BATTERED SENSELESS BY THUGS OVER £6.50 CHICKEN DINNER

A takeaway restaurant boss was left fighting for his life after being brutally assaulted ...

OBESITY 'CAUSES DISEASES IN ORGANS FAR FROM FAT'

OBESITY ‘CAUSES DISEASES IN ORGANS FAR FROM FAT’

Scientists have finally worked out why obese people get organ failure far from where ...

MENTALLY ILL ATTACKER BIT OFF CHUNK OF MAN'S EAR IN VIOLENT ASSAULT

MENTALLY ILL ATTACKER BIT OFF CHUNK OF MAN’S EAR IN VIOLENT ASSAULT

A mentally ill thug assaulted a man in a busy city centre, biting his ...

MUM AND SON BANNED FROM KEEPING ANIMALS

MUM AND SON BANNED FROM KEEPING ANIMALS

A mum and son have been banned from keeping animals for five years after ...

FOXES FAN GETS LIFE-SIZED TATTOO OF CLAUDIO RANIERI

FOXES FAN GETS LIFE-SIZED TATTOO OF CLAUDIO RANIERI

A Leicester City fan has paid the ultimate tribute to his beloved football team ...

CLUB MANAGER TRIPS OVER CHAIRS IN HILARIOUS VIDEO CAUGHT ON CCTV

CLUB MANAGER TRIPS OVER CHAIRS IN HILARIOUS VIDEO CAUGHT ON CCTV

This is the agonising moment a live music venue manager ‘decked it’ after walking ...

DRUG NETWORK ORDERED BY COURT TO PAY £2.5 MILLION IN ILL-GOTTEN GAINS

DRUG NETWORK ORDERED BY COURT TO PAY £2.5 MILLION IN ILL-GOTTEN GAINS

Three members of the same family, including two pensioners, have been jailed for peddling ...

75 YEAR OLD GREAT GRANDDAD PUTS IMPRESSIVE FITNESS DOWN TO HARD GRAFT

75 YEAR OLD GREAT GRANDDAD PUTS IMPRESSIVE FITNESS DOWN TO HARD GRAFT

This super-fit 75-year-old great granddad puts his impressive physique down to “hard graft” – ...

THINNEST DOG RSPCA HAVE EVER SEEN ON ROAD TO RECOVERY AT NEW HOME

THINNEST DOG RSPCA HAVE EVER SEEN ON ROAD TO RECOVERY AT NEW HOME

A puppy who was described as the thinnest dog an RSPCA inspector has ever ...

FAMILY OF ARMY CAPTAIN WHO DIED IN LONDON MARATHON COMPLETE COURSE

FAMILY OF ARMY CAPTAIN WHO DIED IN LONDON MARATHON COMPLETE COURSE

The family of an Army captain who died while running the London Marathon completed ...

CASH VAN ROBBERY GANG JAILED

CASH VAN ROBBERY GANG JAILED

A security van driver has been jailed for robbing his OWN vehicle as it ...

BOYS FILMED FACEBOOK VIDEO SHOWING SEXUAL ASSAULT ON 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL

BOYS FILMED FACEBOOK VIDEO SHOWING SEXUAL ASSAULT ON 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL

A 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at a house party by a group of ...

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